A pair of Mallard, one of our commonest ducks, on the calm waters of the North Drain, on Tealham Moor.  The Drain is completely artificial, having been dug to help carry away water from this flat and frequently flooded landscape, some of which is below sea level.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – strongly  recommended.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO; jpeg created and processed in-camera from a raw file, using the Graphite profile; further processing in Lightroom and Capture NX2; the North Drain, on Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wedmore; 14 Feb 2020.

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. Andrew says:

    It’s always interesting to see how small the main focal point can be in the frame. This is pretty impressive!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Andrew. Two ways of thinking about focal points, I suppose. Here, the ducks are the only dark objects away from the bank, and so they stand out in a picture which is really a white foreground, a black middle and a white sky. But also, if you mention a focal point in a picture’s title or description then, if its not immediately obvious, it may make people look deeper into the picture to try and find it. 🙂

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    Interesting…I’ve seen images very much like this over here, not where we live now but where we used to live. I would probably not have chosen to go to such an extreme of contrasts, but it works – this is how I learn from you. 😉 Those Mallards, they get around!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, the contrast is extreme, but the aim was to simplify the scene, really just the two, tiny ducks, and the dark and reflected land + trees behind; blank water in the foreground and sky above; and those taller trees up on the right are important. How can I not feel flattered when you say you learn from me? I also feel extremely grateful. 🙂


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