SOMERSET LEVELS 324 – FLOODED ROAD (MONO)

 

 


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Exploring out on Queen’s Sedge Moor, not far south of the tiny city of Wells, in filthy conditions – rain falling from grey overcast, lots of surface water and simply heroic amounts of mud.  And then onto this little single track road heading for the tiny village of Barrow – when a van, obviously driven by a local, someone who knows the place – rounded a corner and came straight at me at speed.  There was no danger, this image was taken with a 450mm telephoto, which gives x9 magnification, and so it was still quite far off – but it put on speed through the surface water and spray flew everywhere.

Lots of familiarisation with this new camera paid off: I just had time to engage Continuous Autofocus, focus onto the number plate, hold down AF-ON and start firing – three frames and then the vehicle was on me and I was off into the (very soggy) roadside grass.  But, as is often the case down there, a cheery wave from the driver – after all, if I choose to stand in the road, its my lookout!

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further – recommended.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in DX (APS-C) format to give 450mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Neutral V2 Picture Control; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Dramatic preset; Queen’s Sedge Moor, south of Wells, on the Somerset Levels; 5 Apr 2019.
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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.

16 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 324 – FLOODED ROAD (MONO)

  1. Sallyann says:

    Love this one… The driver may well have known the road… But the vehicle has such a look of concentration on its face, it made me smile. 😊

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  2. Mathias LK says:

    Definitely worthwhile enlarging this image. I like the grainy quality, in particular.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Mathias, thank you! I’m so glad you enlarged this picture; quite a few images look better enlarged – it helps us get inside the pictures, and better appreciate them. Adrian

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  3. I’d hate to say it was worth risking your life to get this shot, but it certainly is spectacular. My camera has continuous autofocus, but I don’t think I’ve ever used it. Since I mostly shoot things that don’t move, I have not missed out on too much, but you may have inspired me to try something new. Still, I hope you will be careful. We need you around for more than the dangerous shots.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, that’s right, you need The FATman around for more than the dangerous shots >>> so please send food parcels soonest!!! The more fattening the better!!! 😉

      Well, your photos are of static subjects, as are most of mine I suppose, but there’s another world in movement – whether it be of the subject or of the camera itself. A 🙂

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  4. Meanderer says:

    Love the spray being splayed out behind the van; very dramatic and a real sense of fast movement. Also like the reflections in the puddles. Good – if dangerous – work!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, not the safest way of capturing images, might have been better if I were 40 years younger, but I just saw the picture and went for it, wanting to see if the camera was up to it; maybe I should try harder to get in touch with my more sensitive side … 😉 ….

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  5. oneowner says:

    Fantastic shot, Adrian.

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  6. paula graham says:

    Yea, love the shot, new camera doing the job.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’m getting more familiar with the camera – and another very early visit to the Levels yesterday >>> LOL!!! always very enjoyable, but also always physically shattering!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  7. Fine shot! B&W brings out the spray very well; and I love the ‘eyes’… Cheers for the weekend!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Harrie! Cheers to you to, man >>> going against my religion this afternoon and aiming at some strong, cloudy cider this afternoon 😀

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      • Enjoy! ..’Mr. Hop’.. had 14 superbe beers delivered at my door, just 15 minutes ago. I haven’t made up my mind yet…

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          LOL!!! I sense higher states of consciousness coming on – you’d better make an action plan – start with the less flavoursome and gradually work into them. Do you think you’ll need a snorkel???!!! Intravenous drip???!!! For my side, I have decided that I really can’t forsake Duvel, so the cider will just have to wait! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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