Two sunlit chairs outside the Hurtwood Inn Hotel in Peaslake, Surrey;  25 Mar 2012.

I focused on the nearer chair, and made sure that it exits the frame through the top right corner.  The second chair is left semi-focused, and is reduced to three elements – its rear, left hand leg, which casts a shadow on the ground; the lit but unfocused wickerwork of its left side; and the shadow cast by its upright back.  All structure (ie detail) has been taken out of the backdrop, to remove any distraction from the chairs. 

The result is a combination of two, featureless black areas (the shadow from the unfocused chair’s back, and its black leg), the variously lit and textured, illuminated parts of the chairs, and the shapes made by the creamish (toned), negative space between them.

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Technique: D700 with 24-120 Nikkor lens at 120mm; 400 ISO; converted to mono, and toned, in Silver Efex Pro 2.


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. That’s quite interesting. I like the abstract you’ve made of the chairs and I like the toning, which is something like sepia but not as cliché(?) as camera sepia settings. Is it split toning or something similar?


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I don’t have the precise processing details, Marcus, but this image has been toned in Silver Efex Pro 2, and it looks like a split tone which I’ve often used at its default setting. I can’t recommend SEP2 too highly for black and white work; Color Efex Pro 4 is also very good. Adrian


  2. Very minimal; I like it. Cheers for the Easter weekend!


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