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Gull flock amongst the prehistoric standing stones at Stanton Drew.  Such flocks are a common sight on pastureland during the winter: this one consists mostly of Black-headed Gulls (lacking the dark heads of their breeding plumage), but there are a few Common and Lesser Black-backed Gulls in there too.

Tall, dark stones, sombre sentinels (sombre sentinels??? >>> what on earth am I on???) overlook the scene, and bare winter trees form the backdrop.

Already posted images from this early morning shoot are here: 1 (with context) 2 3 4 5 6 7 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting  at the Underexpose EV-1 preset and adding a light Selenium tone; Stanton Drew, in the Chew Valley south of Bristol; 14 Dec 2018.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, 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. Mathias LK says:

    Good work with the focal plane; pairing the rocks tight together in similar rough greyness.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Mathias, thank you – yes, the two rocks hold this together – I’ve heard the term bookending for such features; and the compression of the 300mm telephoto helps too – after a long time using the 25-100 TG-5 compact, I’m thinking about getting back into 300mm pictures. Thank you for your thoughts. Adrian 🙂

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  2. Meanderer says:

    Love this. The stone in the foreground is such a strong presence – like it has been etched in ink. I can imagine how peaceful and calming it must be in the early morning.

    Love the alliteration, too 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh early mornings are the best time of day; yes it can be a strain getting up, but its always worth it – and since retiring I’ve become even more of a morning person. And its also always nice collapsing, exhausted, with a Duvel in the ensuing afternoons. Being there with the birds was wonderful. I’m glad this gets to you, my friend, thank you.

      Alliteration recalls those balletic days and, besides, you need to know that I never drop my sweet wrappers …… 😉 … although the sour ones do present more of a challenge ….

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  3. Sombre sentinels!!! It’s you!! It’s the ‘narration!!!! You’re killin’ it, my friend! 👍🏼❤️


  4. paula graham says:

    ha, ha…poetic stuff and a great view too.


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