SOMERSET LEVELS 348 – LOOKING ALONG THE LANE BELOW THE WHITELAKE BRIDGE

 

 


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Looking south from the Whitelake Bridge, on Hearty Moor.  A single track lane, its surface muddy and gently (i.e. characterfully!!!) undulating, disappears off amongst the shadowy trunks of trees.  Spring flowers line the sides of the lane, and trees bright with fresh, pale foliage overhang it.  A simple little scene, a lovely little place, a place in which to feel uncomplicated, quiet and at peace – except when the farmer comes through with his tractor or cows.

I’m not too sure where the point of focus is here, it may be down near where the road disappears, as the roadside flowers seem a little soft – but, well, you know, go with the flow.  If I’m trying to get myself off the hook, I suppose I could call this an impression of the scene and, in any case, I’m glad to have the picture.

A further point is that, much as I like mono, I had trouble here deciding on mono or colour >>> and so to both.  I think the mono has it >>> but what do you think???????

Particularly as, in the mono version, in my mind’s eye, I see that great bank of pale foliage on the right as the crest of a huge wave that is about to engulf this tranquil scene.  And although this may seem a rather fanciful vision (I never restrain my imagination), the latest forecasts for sea level rise due to global warming by the end of this century are two metres (about 6 feet), and if that happens then the Somerset Levels will be squarely in the firing line.  The Romans used to be able to get into the vicinity of this picture in sea-going ships, after all, so this is not science fiction.

Both of these pictures can be enlarged by clicking onto them to open a larger version in a separate window, and then clicking onto that picture to further enlarge it – recommended, especially for the mono version >>> those shadowy tree trunks just where the road disappears, to me there’s something from Lord of the Rings down down there!

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 210mm; 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Landscape V2 picture control; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 1 preset and adding a moderate Coffee tone; Hearty Moor, northeast of Glastonbury, on the Somerset Levels; 26 Apr 2019.
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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.

18 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 348 – LOOKING ALONG THE LANE BELOW THE WHITELAKE BRIDGE

  1. Beautiful image, Adrian – I like both versions but the black and white one is more striking!

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    That was a smart conversion! in the color version I don’t get as strong an impression of the road disappearing into darkness. I think the softness of the flowers is a big plus here, as it allows one to follow the road back. The whole scene features undulating shapes, and the different greens in the color version detract from that. It’s beautiful, Adrian!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, thank you very much, its so useful (and welcome!) to receive such an analysis of an image. Looking at the two pictures again and again, and in the light of others’ thoughts, I’m for the b+w one too. A 🙂

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  3. I’m usually with you in the mono aspect but I love the colored version of this one. The different shades of green give it so much depth, and the tall yellowish/brown tall grass (?) to the left is more noticeable in color. The road stands out more and the opening leading into never never land shows more detail. I love it!
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  4. oneowner says:

    The mono almost looks like an IR shot. My choice.

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  5. I prefer the mono version too. There’s an air of mystery to it.

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  6. Meanderer says:

    I like both versions very much but the mono wins here. It looks like a brighter sunnier day in the mono – it makes me feel more uplifted and joyful than the colour one!

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  7. Glen Fisher says:

    I tend to have the same questions about when to use black and white – and to my mind, the colour image is nicely done but nothing out of the ordinary, whereas the black and white has a different, delicate, quite evocative presence. A lovely image 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glen, thank you very much for your thoughts. I’m a great fan of black and white – both in creating it and viewing it – but, in this instance I was unsure >>> a momentary lapse, tired eyes I expect. Thank you again. Adrian 🙂

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  8. Oh the mono for sure. The color detracts from the rhythm and texture which is so rich in the mono.

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  9. paula graham says:

    I like impressions!

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