Two takes on an impressive lifeform – one mono, the other colour –  from the northern edge of Westhay Moor, just south of the hamlet of Mudgley, on the Somerset Levels.

Click onto either image (especially the top one) to open as larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

My favourite?  I like them both – two different takes on the same subject.  Have you a preference?


Technique (upper photo): Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 145mm; 1600 ISO; jpeg generated in-camera, using the Monochrome picture control with a green filter; minor additional processing in Lightroom; Westhay Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 5 July 2019.

Technique (lower photo): Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in DX (= APS-C) format to give 390mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Neutral v2 profile.

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. bluebrightly says:

    I like them both too – the two treatments are so different, and both are “true” to the tree and to your vision, in my mind. And what a wonderful tree it is!

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  2. With this one I prefer the color. More depth and more interesting. But that’s just me. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Gem >>> but what’s “that’s just you” is interesting to hear >>> we are all different, and its always good to hear others’ opinions. Hope you two are fine. I think some radical weather occurred west of you; are you having a hot spell now? We’re in England’s (as usual) uncertain summer – but at least its not like last year’s oven!!! ATP xxxXXX!!!

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  3. Meanderer says:

    Two different versions of a wonderful old character. I have to say, I prefer the mono version. There’s something a little more atmospheric about it. It speaks to me in a way that the colour version doesn’t 🙂

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  4. oneowner says:

    If I had to choose just one it would be the color version. I like this photo and, because I’m a control freak, wondered how I would interpret this file. I hope you will forgive me. I copied the photo into PS and then into LR. I made some subtle changes which consisted of slightly increasing the green saturation and reducing the green luminance. Then I applied a slight Split Tone sepia tint overall (from a preset I have used many times) which brings out more of the brown in the bark of the tree. The result is a much warmer overall tone.
    I realize that there are endless ways to edit a photo and I would guess that most photographers would interpret a file according to their own vision. When I am working at the Museum, my challenge is to photograph an object and reproduce the file as accurately as possible. Photos such as this allow the photographer the freedom to interpret as he sees and feels it.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      No, my friend, I don’t mind in the slightest, in fact I’m very happy that you’ve taken the processing of my file further.

      Yes, endless ways to edit an image there certainly are, and one of my core beliefs is that we are all different – in our visual tastes as much as in anything else. The whole thing is subjective, and there are no right or wrong ways.

      But of course, as you say, photographing for a museum is different, there you are striving to make an exact record of something, as opposed to making an image more attractive to anyone’s personal tastes. Very good to think about and discuss all this. A


  5. Dave says:

    Lovely photos – great detail! 😀


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