Table and chair, with daffodils, in the William Bray, a restaurant and bar in the village of Shere, Surrey; 24 Mar 2012.

This restaurant is on different levels, and I was able to get up onto one floor and look down on the one below.  The wonderful lines and forms made the by the chairs, tables and floorboards – and the colourful flowers –  caught my eye, and I took several photos, none of which were “THE ONE!”, to work on later.  With all these lines and textures, I knew that there was something there – and that it was screaming out for mono conversion, with the plant’s colours restored.

It took quite a time to find this crop, but it has what I searched for – the lines and textures, the great contrast between the wooden and metallic structures, and the great contrast between the daffodil’s leaves and flowers and everything else.

Technique: D700 with 24-120 Nikkor lens at 24mm; 6400 ISO; converted to mono and manipulated in Silver Efex Pro 2, and then manipulated further in Nikon’s Capture NX2.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    I love it, Adrian! When I go through a week or so of posts, like I am now, I’m struck by how versatile you are. Angular abstracts, animals (with dignity, as Linda said), beautiful observed still lifes, people….In this one, two things – the framing sets off those graceful daffodil leaves perfectly, against the table edge and chair seat, and the bit of color is perfect. Lovely!!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      My friend, thank you for all these Comments, its very good talking to you (note studied rejection of the Modern (for the UK) “with you” …!!!). As I started out by saying this morning, versatility is one thing I believe in and try for – and the Archive posts are very useful in this respect. But, by coincidence, this image is also 7 years old – taken on the same expedition to Surrey in fact. Thank you for enjoying my photography; your thoughts mean a lot to me. A


      • bluebrightly says:

        To you vs. with you? I don’t think the distinction has that much significance here, but it’s always so intriguing to parse those language differences, isn’t it? Seven years is time enough to evolve, and surely you have, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t gems back there. 🙂


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          I was dragged up entirely with talking “to” someone, but now “with” is used almost exclusively – perhaps because giving someone a good talking to means you’re telling them off. I was under the impression we’d picked this up from the States but maybe its homegrown.

          In any case we are under a tyranny of Political Correctness here and – very interestingly – a good friend, very much a people person, says that this tyranny can in fact stifle open conversation as people are so afraid of being thought politically incorrect.


  2. Meanderer says:

    Yes! I remember this one; a favourite.


  3. This a such a great pic, bud. The lines on the table and the lines on the chair run almost perpendicular, which makes it more balanced (and interesting). The lighter shade on the floor makes the t&c lines stand out. The splash of color in the flowers is perfection. Plus I just LOVE daffodils. The chrome sparkles nicely. Really fab stuff, bud.



    • Adrian Lewis says:

      My friend, thank you so much for this detailed analysis, it makes really interesting reading – and I always value others’ opinions of “my stuff”. I’m very glad this gets to you. Just back from an early trip getting “more stuff” out on the Levels. ATP xxxXXX!!!

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  4. Like the framing! 🙂


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