Herring Gull and seaweed on the beach at St Ives, Cornwall; 24 Apr 2012.

As with Moorings at St Ives, here, this was taken looking down onto the beach from West Pier.  The gull was resting on the sands below the pier and, as I looked over, he tilted his head sideways, to look upwards and give me a long and very wary stare.  Because his head is tilted onto its side, the beach and its seaweed appear to be on a vertical surface behind him.

Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO; converted to mono and further manipulated with Silver Efex Pro 2.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    Somehow this made me laugh. It’s like it starts out as a Chinese scroll, then there’s this intelligent being there, watching and thinking…what? I don’t need to know, but it’s all a lot of fun. At the same time, the quiet palette and grain give it gravitas and the tight composition gives it a nice tension. Pretty wonderful!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, thank you! I see exactly what you mean about the Chinese scroll (I’ve been watching some BBC programs on the art of Japan) – but I’ve never before thought of those bits of seaweed in that way. Always interesting hearing from you. A 🙂


  2. paula graham says:

    Still life up there with the best!


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