Early morning driving on the Temple Circus Gyratory, which is a large roundabout at one of the southern approaches to Bristol, near Temple Meads railway station.  Roundabout?  Traffic circle in The States I think.  And the roundabout’s official name?  Well, it could really only have been dreamt up by officials, couldn’t it, by a Local Authority, in the interests no doubt of good urban planning and neutral nomenclature?

And the photo?  Well, its garish, technicolour plus.  The highlights are all blown to featureless white but to me that’s fine because this isn’t reality, this is how I like to see it.

So what gets to me here?  Well, the lines and curves of the blazing white vehicle, which frame the face – cool shades, no-nonsense beard, mouth slightly open – with the thrill of surfing the Gyratory maybe?  And the car’s curving lines also frame the reflections in the car’s windows, which become more colourful over towards the right.  And then, in the backdrop, all those technicolour stripes.  And no, before you ask, I haven’t ramped up the colour Saturation in Lightroom, although I did increase the Vibrance to +65.   Then CEP4 was used to provide a thin black border, to prevent the lower edges of the image merging with my blog’s white background.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm; 400 ISO; spotmetering; Lightroom, using the Pro Neg Hi film simulation; Color Efex Pro 4; central Bristol; 7 April 2017.

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. Val says:

    I love the oversaturated colours in this – makes them zing! Sharp, too!


  2. The colors are what got my attention. Window and stripes in the background. And the gold on the mirror and the beard. Great stuff, bud. Cheerful.

    BE well. Be safe. Be. ❤


  3. paula graham says:

    Good one again..of course!


  4. LensScaper says:

    Very similar composition to the recent ‘People 277 – going to work 23’. I like the strong lines that this viewpoint has created in both shots – the curve of the Windscreen pillar and the way that curve divides the frame. I like the boldness of the Persil whites. So often purists tut-tut at burnt highlights. In this instance I would say they work perfectly. This is a really good shot, Adrian.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Andy, thank you very much for your good words – and yes, Persil whites – I’m always open to them, and to pure blacks too – both extremes have their place in some images. Thank you again. Adrian 🙂


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