Misty morning on Tadham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 10 Apr 2014.

A typical Levels scene.  The water-filled ditch forms the boundary of the grassy field on the left of the shot.  Immediately left of the prominent tree,  a little bridge across the ditch allows access to the field.  The actual field gate is barely visible, at the left end of the two short lengths of fencing left of the tree.  These short lengths of fencing prevent animals in the field from edging around the sides of the gate, and so gaining their freedom via the bridge.

A single track, tarmac road, Totney Drove, is just out of sight on the right of the shot, at the top of the low bank immediately right of the tree.

I was first attracted by the tree’s reflection, but I also like the thin mistiness, both back behind the tree, and above the water in the ditch.  And the cloud above the tree helps the composition, being far preferable to having featureless sky there.

Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 70mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Dynamic Harsh preset.

UPDATE: I will never stop loving this image, its as simple as that.

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.

12 Responses to ARCHIVE 293 – TADHAM MOOR (MONO)

  1. I always love seeing The Levels shots. This one is stunning and probably my favorite. Mist. Shadows. Reflections. Clouds. Perfection!


  2. bluebrightly says:

    I like the bit of fencing there, too. It’s so beautifully toned, like silk!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Lynn – its an SEP2 split tone if I remember correctly – the 2nd tone down the toning pick list, below a rather strange pinkish split tone. A 🙂


      • bluebrightly says:

        Thanks – for some reason I’m not seeing split tones on SEP 2 now. Maybe I’m missing something or just don’t see them – obviously I haven’t played with that tool!


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          To get split tones on SEP2, you go to the Finishing Adjustments panel and click on the Toning dropdown. Split Tones are numbers 2 and 3 – choose either, and move Silver Toning to 100% and Paper Toning to zero – or vice versa – and then play with Balance and/or Strength. And there are Hue sliders there so you can play around with those too. You may be able to split the other tones in the dropdown too. Hope this is useful. A 🙂


  3. paula graham says:

    Yea, it is a beauty, I love it too. Cannot wait to go cycling/driving again on the levels.


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