Table and chair, with daffodils, in the William Bray, a restaurant and bar in the village of Shere, Surrey; 24 Mar 2012.

This restaurant is on different levels, and I was able to get up onto one floor and look down on the one below.  The wonderful lines and forms made the by the chairs, tables and floorboards – and the colourful flowers –  caught my eye, and I took several photos, none of which were “THE ONE!”, to work on later.  With all these lines and textures, I knew that there was something there – and that it was screaming out for mono conversion, with the plant’s colours restored.

It took quite a time to find this crop, but it has what I searched for – the lines and textures, the great contrast between the wooden and metallic structures, and the great contrast between the daffodil’s leaves and flowers and everything else.

The first post in this series on chairs, which contains context and an image, can be found hereSubsequent posts are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  9  10  11 .  Each will open in a new window.

Click onto the image to open another version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it.

Technique: D700 with 24-120 Nikkor lens at 24mm; 6400 ISO; converted to mono and manipulated (including selective restoration of colour) in Silver Efex Pro 2, and then manipulated further in Nikon’s Capture NX2.


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. What fun that this unusual crop is THE ONE! Really nice photo, Adrian. All your fussing 😉 paid off.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Linda >>> it always seems useful to look at images every which way, to mess about with them (esp in terms of cropping and/or rotation), does this work?, does that work?, what if I do this? … and it keeps me off the streets too … 😉 …


  2. bluebrightly says:

    Very nice image, and timely. Love the processing!! I’ve had the experience of looking down into another level of a restaurant several times, and taking pictures once or twice – it’s a bit of magic somehow, I’m not sure why. It’s always great to change perspectives, and looking down on things is always interesting, but there’s something special about it in a restaurant.


  3. Arati says:

    I like the way your chose to crop this image. The juxtaposition of the different directions in the straight lines and the round table top and the arm of the chair creates a dynamic that I like. A sense of being pulled in different directions, circling back and then being grounded by the light green and yellow in the plant. Wonderful composition. The coloring is subtle and captivating at the same time. Thank you for sharing your process.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’m very glad you like this image – and thank you for your detailed reasons, which I find enthralling. I like to share technique, and if there is more that you would like to know, I’m always willing to share further details – assuming I can remember them! A 🙂

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  4. I love the sparkle of the table and the way the daffodils are spread out. The perpendicular lines of the table and the chair. Two thumbs up my friend. Well worth the effort.


  5. Meanderer says:

    Love this one: the slim crop, the dark metallic tones of the furniture and floor, and the selective colour of the daffs – reaching over the table towards the light.


  6. paula graham says:

    Yea, I do like the abstract feel and the framing of your shot.


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