The beach at Porthleven; 18 Oct 2016.

I tried this image in straight black and white, but the subtle colour of the beach sand and the vast shore defences adds something.  The mist and sea spray also help.

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X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Fine Art High Key preset and selectively restoring colour.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. LensScaper says:

    We often assume that when there is little colour in a shot, then it can be dispensed with, and a conversion to B&W is a no-brainer. But you are absolutely right in your thinking that the subtle colours in this image are important. The image would lose much of its atmosphere if converted. A great image, Adrian.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Andy, thank you very much for your great words! I have sometimes heard / read that some of the more successful colour photos are those with the least colour, and I think that’s true – and it may well be true for both those images actually with little colour, and those where colours have been deliberately desaturated. I am of course very enthusiastic about B&W but you’re right, we often choose to rush down that path when subtle colours might be better. Thank you. Adrian


  2. paula graham says:

    Classy and delicate, my friend.


  3. Sue says:

    Looks like it could be an old, faded transparency from the ’60s!


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