Shadow of a footbridge in Bristol’s Castle Park; 7 Oct 2014.

The ground here is a dark tarmac path that runs below the bridge.

Lynn Wohlers (bluebrightly.wordpress.comrecently mentioned tension in photos to me, and maybe there’s some here.  I find my eyes being attracted up to the bright leaf, but then being drawn back down along the various lines towards lower right – only to be attracted back up to the leaf once more.

Technique: Canon G11 PowerShot at 28mm (equivalent); 200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.

UPDATE: I continue to consider tension in images, although it seems to be something discovered during post-processing – gut instincts probably take over at point of capture.  Technique here?  Well, cropping to fill the frame completely with the bridge’s shadow and that single, very contrasting leaf – cropping to exclude everything extraneous to the picture, which is something to think about in all pictures.  To be sure, some pictures are meant to show scenes, surroundings and environments totally, and everything should be included in the frame in such cases.  But other pictures look at something (or things) specific, and in those cases some degree of cropping at or after capture – so easy now in digital – is the thing.  I continue, very much, to be a fan of Lynn’s images, words and outlook.


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. Sallyann says:

    I have a vague feeling of piano keys and deja-vue. 😊


  2. You are a wonderful photographer


  3. bluebrightly says:

    Quite lovely, Adrian! I do like the leaf, for the contrast. I am with you in the comment above, and agreed that it’s subjective, it’s emotional, but there’s nothing wrong with that.


  4. paula graham says:

    Yea, nice I like it but..for me: is the leaf necessary?…personal thought!! Tension in a shot….difficult. Photography’s merits are so often just in the eyes and emotional state of the beholder.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, photography, like all the arts, comes at the outset from the subjective mind of the creator, and then everyone sees it subjectively too. As always, I respect your point of view – the image would still “work” without the leaf, but for me, the leaf introduces a coloured, organic form to the mix, which adds to it. The image would be just about totally abstract without the leaf too, tho that might not be a bad thing. 🙂


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