Six ducks, Tufted Ducks if I remember correctly, swimming towards me from shadows, just before sunrise.

Technique: both the X-T1 and X-T2 have large and very usable Electronic Viewfinders (EVF).  Here I set the X-T2 to spot metering, and moved the metering spot around the frame until the EVF showed me an effect I liked, when I locked the exposure via the AE-L button.  Then, with the exposure locked, I framed the image as I wanted it and fired.  This is certainly not total reality as it appeared at the time, but rather my interpretation of it – and a technique where EVFs really come into their own.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Herons Green Bay, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 16 Feb 2018.

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.

10 Responses to CHEW LAKE 23 – SIX DUCKS

  1. bluebrightly says:

    🙂 You described exactly what I love to do with spot metering, but often I will just use the LCD screen. The Olympus OM D1 supposedly has a large, EVF but more and more, I find using the screen much more comfortable, and accurate enough, now that I’m used to it. You produced a lovely abstract image with the spot metering, such pretty, smooth light, and a great composition.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, very good to hear that you use the same spot metering technique – but I just can’t get into using the LCD screen. I have to use the screen on the Olympus Tough camera because that’s all its got, but with the Nikons and Fujis its the viewfinders every time. I’ve read that the Fuji EVFs are large as EVFs go, and I certainly find them very usable – except for close in, frenetic action. Glad you like the pic! My Blurb book has about 135 images. A 🙂


      • bluebrightly says:

        That book is sounding just right – not too many, but certainly enough. I have a quick question (again!!!): are you a mac or windows user? I am exploring people’s backup workflow because my edited images have not been backing up lately, my own fault. Time for a new system/process.


  2. Beautiful light and bands of colour.


  3. Meanderer says:

    Love the colours and composition, Adrian. I was almost tempted to get up and out early myself the other day. Might do if we get the snow promised this week.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Haha, being “almost tempted” doesn’t count!!! 😉 I’m lucky, I’m very much a morning person and, with retirement and increasing age, that trait has only increased – and the later sunrises of the darker months make things easier >>> and as the sunrises reach really unsocial hours this summer, I might even venture out extremely early – there’s no getting away from the fact that there can be wonderful light very early and late in the day, I have quite a few more pictures from this particular (and ******** freezing!) trip! 😀

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  4. paula graham says:

    Lovely Colour palette.

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