I left home before dawn on a very frosty morning and ended up, just after sunrise, in the Priddy Mineries nature reserve on the top of the Mendip Hills.  To say it was cold is vast understatement, and much of the small lake on the reserve was iced over.  The sun was just rising above the horizon, and its nearly horizontal rays illuminated the reeds around the water’s edge.

I metered for the reeds, to catch their golden glow.  Below them are their reflections in the still water, and the pale bluish rafts of ice – not yet illuminated by the sun but floating above the water’s dark depths.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Priddy Mineries Reserve, on the Mendips, Somerset; 16 Feb 2018.

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.

10 Responses to STILL LIFE 201 – ICY WATERS

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Really pretty, Adrian, and there’s a sense of something being on stage with the light that way. I’m glad you’re venturing out early enough to get these interesting views.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      LOL!!! >>> I’m glad you’re glad!!!!!! 😀 Actually I am very much – and increasingly – a morning person, and (both as a naturalist and a photographer) I love the day’s early hours – and, being retired, I can always come home later and flop! As the days lengthen now, I may attempt even earlier starts – another advantage of course being that the roads are virtually empty early on in the day. A 🙂


  2. Beautiful! I like the crossing between the vertical reeds and the horizontal ice stripes, but most of all I like the colors, the composition, and the light. Oh, the light.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Linda, thank you! Yes, the light – bit of a strain getting up and outdoors that early in the day, and sometimes only to be greeted by flat, grey lighting – but then sometimes there’s more exciting lighting. And often, I think, its a case of looking for the lighting and then deciding what to do with it photographically. A 🙂

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  3. Meanderer says:

    Lovely feeling and colours, Adrian. Oh, that blue!


  4. Arati says:

    Exquisite… the light on the reeds, their reflections in the deep dark blue with streaks of pale blue ice. Delightful!


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