Walking a main road in the stillness of early morning.  No one else about; the roar and hiss of cars on the wet tarmac the only sounds.  Walking towards a favourite tree which leans elegantly out towards the road before rising on up vertically – a tree which I keep thinking may topple over on top of me one darkly inauspicious morning.  I’m surprised that the city’s mindless local authorities haven’t reduced it to sawdust long ago, but I certainly don’t want them to do that.

The streetlights lit up the mist, and I liked the way the tree’s lower branches were silhouetted against the glare.  So, completely forgetting to increase the TG-5’s ISO, I raised the camera and took two shots – handheld at 1/6th second and 74mm equivalent focal length.  The second shot is sharper but, as ever, that aspect is not of overriding importance to me – I prefer the look and composition of this; it reminds me more of the moment.

There is an earlier image if this tree here .  It will open in a separate window.  Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.

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Technique: TG-5 at 74mm (equiv); 1/6th second, handheld; 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 22 Jan 2020.

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. Meanderer says:

    Oh, I like this very much. I agree with you about the tree and the way it sweeps towards the road, yes – elegantly; a beauty (lets hope it doesn’t attract the eye of the loppers).

    The car with its bright red tail lights rushing along the empty road has put me in mind of The Doors’ ‘Riders on the Storm’ 🙂

    By the way, I noticed that Bristol has another Banksy – with a Valentine theme this time. We had a Banksy in Port Talbot which was removed from the chap’s garage, placed in a half-decorated shop for a couple of days and then locked away!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Great stuff, glad it gets to you, my friend! Yes, another Banksy >>> but, the power of money, strange, isn’t it >>> as you say, he’s famous, the artworks draw in the filthy lucre, and thus there is the communal scurry to protect / acquire them. I’m really getting away from valuing objects – I value my Nikon Z 6, but that’s for what it does rather than what it is – and the BBC, an organisation now irrelevant and an anachronism, just like royalty, presents endless shows of auctions and money money money.

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      • Meanderer says:

        It’s a shame what’s happened to the BBC. There’s not a lot that we enjoy but we do like the quizzes, and sometimes they have a decent drama series. BBC4 has some interesting art and music programmes including opera (they had The Magic Flute at Christmas). Their news coverage is appalling. We watch a bit of Breakfast news for the headlines, local news, and the weather and I rather like ‘Beyond 100 Days’ on the news channel early evening, but that’s about it. I have to say that even a much ‘quality-diminished’ BBC outshines most other channels!


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Yes, the other channels are even worse – but I think the BBC should drop the licence fee and simply start showing adverts like everyone else does. I have a feeling that there’s nothing else like the BBC licence fee in the world – but I might be wrong on that.


  2. It looks like it’s leaning in, listening to what the road has to say. I hope they don’t take it down, too. It’s unique. Not broken. 🌳👍🏼


  3. bluebrightly says:

    All that blur does evoke a certain atmosphere. 😉 And I enjoyed your narrative, as always.


  4. oneowner says:

    The lighting is exquisite in this shot, A. Nice work.


  5. paula graham says:

    A beauty, as so often


  6. Great. Yes, definitely the feel of a moment and it is possible to attach a story to that moment. I like images where I am encouraged to consider a narrative.


  7. I can understand why you chose the blurred one; it’s more an impression of that moment; rather than what you actually saw.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, absolutely, my friend, that’s what it is >>> and far preferable to everything being perfectly sharp!!! >>> the second frame that I took is sharper but it has two cars in it, it seems a little crowded, and I prefer the look / composition of this one. Thanks, Harrie! 🙂


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