SOMERSET LEVELS 309 – LOOKING EASTWARDS, THROUGH A TELEPHOTO

 

 


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I’ve always enjoyed looking into the distance, looking out to the horizon.  Two of the beauties of modern (i.e. digital) photography are that even moderate telephotos not only allow me to do just that, but also allow me to see exactly (via electronic viewfinders) the result that the camera is going to record.

Here I was driving westwards in the early morning across Tadham Moor on the Somerset Levels, with the sun rising through shifting mist banks behind me.  As I drove, I kept looking in the mirror at the glowing landscape behind me and, on seeing this scene, I pulled off sharply into the open gateway of a field.

Jumping out of the car (well, as much as I can jump out of anywhere these days) I looked back, and the whole landscape to the east seemed ablaze with glowing, shifting colour.  My camera had a 305mm (equivalent) telephoto mounted on it, and I simply pointed it into the mist, started picking out details, and started firing.

There are other images from this early morning shoot here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 .

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it yet again – recommended.  Can you see the perched bird (top left!)?

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Astia/Soft film simulation; Tadham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 19 Oct 2018.
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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.

19 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 309 – LOOKING EASTWARDS, THROUGH A TELEPHOTO

  1. Sallyann says:

    Wow, Mummy and Daddy trees heading off into the mist with little girl and baby brother trotting along behind. 😊 😊 😊

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  2. Along the lines of what Harrie said, I was thinking, as I looked at this photograph, that fog or mist operates similarly to the way a black and white version of a scene operates: it makes the image more abstract. I like this image a lot.

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  3. bluebrightly says:

    A real beauty, wow! Between the exposure and the composition, it leaves nothing else to be desired – lovely!

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  4. I DID click for a larger image. Looks like you captured a mastodon! Good job, bud! Levels. Love ‘em. 👍🏼

    XXXATPXXX

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Great stuff, glad the larger version got to you! I try to restrain myself when recommending seeing my images enlarged, but if you see the word “recommended” then hopefully there will be an enhanced experience. Must get down to the Levels more often – but then not every morning is so misty! ATP xxxXXX!!!

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  5. Gorgeous, I could all most imagine a couple of giraffe striding out from between the trees.

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  6. Beautiful sight to greet the day😊

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  7. paula graham says:

    Such a beautiful series…

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, my friend, that means a lot. And now, well its all not far from you >>> get down there, get that 70-200 firing, and get some! I recommend the Tealham and Tadham Moors, but there are many places. What about meeting for lunch somewhere in the New Year? A 🙂

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  8. Realy good! Made me think that the less detail there is, the more mysterious a shot gets..

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I think that’s exactly right, Harrie, there is no written in stone rule that says everything in an image has to be sharp, and certainly not the front-to-back sharpness loved by many landscapers. Like people, each image is different – and many images benefit from areas of soft / non-existent detail. Glad you like this, my friend, thank you. Have a good weekend! Our Tesco has run out of Citra!!!! But luckily stocks of “ordinary” Duvel are still high!!! A 🙂 🙂 🙂

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