Field gate on Tealham Moor, south of Wedmore, on the Somerset Levels; 10 Apr 2014.

Early morning along Jack’s Drove, and a world soaked in dew.  The silver cobwebs, with the rising light behind them, are everywhere.  Here three struts in a gate provide the picture’s solid structures, and then the web is strung across the frame, and there are large drops of dew hanging from the gate at upper left.

This is a black and white image with much of its original colour restored, semi-faithfully.  One of the reasons that such colour restorations appeal to me is that, since black and white is already far from reality, I don’t feel that I must necessarily restore the original colours accurately – put another way, since I’m already way out in the realms of unreality, a little more unrealness (is that a word???) won’t matter!

The bar at the top and the diagonal one are casting slim shadows, which is why the silvery web strands fade as they come near them.

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Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Contrast and Structure preset, and selectively restoring colour.


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 ARCHIVE 357 – MORNING DEW (MONO + COLOUR)

  1. Well, now, that was interesting. You sent me on a Google chase to find out how to selectively restore color. I see how to restore color to certain elements of a photograph now, but not how to change the color. Maybe I can figure that out later. Thanks for the lesson you made me learn, and thanks for your interesting photograph, Adrian.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad to be helpful! I do all of my colour restoration in Silver Efex Pro 2, which is my got-to program for mono pics – SEP2 makes it very easy to do precise effects – but I know there are other methods. As to changing colours, I know nothing. A 🙂


  2. Meanderer says:

    Nice, Adrian. I like the colours and composition.


  3. A tricky subject for me, your shot is wonderful!


  4. esterkiki says:

    Detail👌🏼 and attention to the lines


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