Sunrise over Glastonbury Tor, seen from Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 22 Nov 2013.

I’ve lightened the centre section to bring interest to the mid-ground with the two cows – but I’m sure they should have shadows … oh dear, digital … not always quite up to it are you?  Or maybe I’m not quite up to it – its probably me ….

And of course I’m pointing my magnificent if distinctly weighty telezoom straight into the sun’s glare, and so to a second, orange sun low down in the frame, and also some rather fiery glows between that sun and the real one.  I could have gone at it with software to try and make good these optical artefacts but, first, I can’t be bothered, and second, I think they add to the atmosphere and feeling of the shot – I mean, I’m pointing a x6 telephoto directly into Our Star’s incandescent face, so what do I expect, perfect and pristine optical rendition?

I like the 80-400 (but – Jan 2020 – have sold it now).  Large and unwieldy it may be and its not one of Nikon’s very quick AF-S lenses, but it is image stabilised and I can hand hold it, and it gives such reach and flexibility.

Other images in this Early Morning series – from both rural and urban settings, and from Kenya too – are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 .  All will open in separate windows.  You can also search on the “early morning” tag.

Technique: D800 with 80-400 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO.


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 ARCHIVE 428 – EARLY MORNING 36

  1. Meanderer says:

    That’s lovely!


  2. bluebrightly says:

    I enjoyed the narrative. 🙂 Those cows are hard to see, but when you see them, it’s just like “real life.”


  3. Excellent. Me personally, I embrace the flaws of my equipment and try instead to think of them as unique quirks rather than flaws. Lens flare, chromatic aberration? All a boon if utilized as such.


  4. Cows? Really? Oh these peepers 👀 are shot! But zooming in helps a little. Beautiful capture, bud.


  5. Helen Cherry says:

    A lovely image.. really good as a square crop too.

    Ps.. I loved your can’t be bothered comment.. Life is short.. hey!”


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Helen, glad this gets to you. As to “I can’t be bothered”, well I like being honest. I also like my pictures to look good, but really feel content to be more important than impeccable processing technique >>> and in difficult photographic conditions I am a great believer in “any picture is preferable to no picture at all, regardless of imperfections!”. Adrian 🙂

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      • Helen Cherry says:

        Honesty is always good in my book.. It certainly takes a lot of “bothering” though to post as often as you do.. I am trying to develope that discipline again


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Well there’s no pressure on any of us to post frequently, that’s one of the pleasures of blogging. I’ve been doing it for nearly 9 years now, and have a fairly set post construction routine that goes ok – it does consume some time but it could be far more time consuming.


  6. Andrew says:

    I find the gradations quite subtle and pleasing. I have a Nikon 500 f5.6 in order for birds and have to choose a body. Any thoughts on the D500? The Nikons seem to have excellent dynamic range.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Adrian Lewis says:

      These days, any camera with a high quality, modern sensor is going to be good; the advances in sensor technology have been huge. The D500 is APS-C format, not full-frame, and I have read excellent accounts of its auto focus and frame speed capabilities – why not contact Michael Scandling, who comments on my blog and whose gravatar is shown in those of the Commenters in my blog’s side panel – he has a D500 and uses it for birds.

      Then there is the optical viewfinder (as in the D500) versus mirrorless debate: at the moment, optical viewfinders just have the edge over mirrorless for wildlife I think. But, not specialising in wildlife (tho pics of birds in flight from the mirrorless Z 6 are on this blog), I have found the Z 6 wonderful. Hope this is helpful, Andrew. 🙂

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