GARDEN 69 – ANGRY MORNING

 

 


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I was making a cup of tea in the kitchen, which faces due east, and being struck by the ferocity of the winter sunrise over to the southeast.  A wild morning, an angry morning, the sort of morning that has an undeniable wild beauty, but which takes some strength of resolve to get outdoors and get to grips with.

And in front of me an oak tree that I have watched grow up from a naturally sown acorn – perhaps buried and forgotten by a squirrel – over the past twenty or so years.  And although it does not know it yet, an unfortunate oak, a healthy and burgeoning tree that because of its close proximity to the house will have to be cut down in the near future.

But back again to that fierce, early light, which was transfixing as it radiantly backlit the few of the oak’s leaves that had managed to hang on during the recent gales.  The camera was to hand, and so to spot metering … and the wonderful luminosity of those last few leaves.

And although it is a rather underexposed caricature of the original, below is an idea, just an idea, of the angry sky that was producing this beautifully fierce, hard and cold light …
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Click onto each image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further – recommended.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); spot metering; Lightroom; Bristol; 8 Dec 2017.
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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.

18 Responses to GARDEN 69 – ANGRY MORNING

  1. so dramatic and such contrast!! Fantastic shots Adrian!

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    I’m almost there with you, watching that angry sunrise cast golden light onto the last oak leaves. It’s so satisfying to watch a tree grow that many years – I’ve never lived in one place more than – I think, six years. But moving can be good, too. We’ve had quite a few dramatic sunrises lately, but my view is solidly through trees, so I really can’t get a photo – not to mention that the windows don’t open on the southeast side of the house. I’d have to go out. Hmm, unlikely! Too cold. 😉

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Ha ha ha!!! >>> well I think you should dress up warm warm warm and get out there very very very early – tho of course you may not be a morning person like me. And of course the security side, how safe would you feel wandering about pre-sunrise? There are many, many places in Bristol where I wouldn’t feel safe alone and very early, but luckily the parts of the city which I infest are quite populated early on. I’m like you re moving around, at least pre-1990. I’ve been here since 1990, which is 6 six years away from half my life, but in the earlier days I was always on the move too. 🙂

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  3. Meanderer says:

    Love those leaves, and the light and colour set off by the dark purple background.

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  4. LensScaper says:

    That is my kind of Autumnal image – so much character in a few leaves, especially Oak.

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  5. athyfoto says:

    I enjoyed reading your post Adrian, wonderful narrative that had me looking over your shoulder.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, my friend. 🙂

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Thank you. I spent a long time in your country, and have very good memories of it, and its people. I’m always interested in news items about Kenya, always having the hope that it will not descend into the kind of chaos and violence that is seen elsewhere. I read your article about Mugabe and agree – it was high time someone else took over. The question of “mzee” is a difficult one. On the one hand, older people (ha ha! like myself!) have more experience of Life, which is a valuable thing. But on the other hand, there is no doubt that our mental faculties deteriorate in our older years. Adrian 🙂

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  6. paula graham says:

    Lovely , there is so much beauty in the little things or in decay in nature.

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