Out early, walking in the lockdown.  I’ve taken fewer photos during these walks recently, for three reasons I think.  First the sun is higher in the sky now, even during the very early hours I keep – I’ll have to wait until the very earliest stirrings of autumn before the light gets lower and more golden again.  Second, I’ve worked out a “safe” walking route where the all important social distancing can easily be achieved, but as this is mainly through suburban housing estates, I’m rather reticent about pointing a camera towards anyone’s front windows!  But thirdly, and inevitably I suppose, all of this virus turmoil is getting to me such that, as I walk, my mind is often preoccupied with things other than photography.  It can take quite an effort to re-focus the mind into real “looking and seeing” mode; having Roe Deer and Foxes around does me good!

But last Thursday the skies became a little more dramatic as a small weather front passed eastwards over Bristol.  It brought a couple of light and in fact quite refreshing showers, and as I looked at the clouds moving over from the west, this scene unfolded.

Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.

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

Technique: TG-5 at 70mm (equiv); 200 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 21 May 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. bluebrightly says:

    I’m glad you found a route that works but I’m sorry it’s hard to tear your mind away from PPP – perilous pandemic preoccupations. It has a way of seeping into the cracks of our consciousness, right? We have to resists and get back to being creative.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, it seeps into the cracks, that’s a very good way of putting it. But yesterday was a bank holiday here, and the hospital in my home town, Weston-super-Mare, temporarily ceased admissions due to a spike in virus cases – I’m hoping that this was because the hospital itself, after cuts, is not too robust, and not that the spike is real/large.


  2. Sonali Dalal says:

    Photo is beautifully divided into layers of colours.


  3. Keeping your attention out word on the environment is the absolutely most therapeutic thing you can do and it has the wonderful side benefit of producing gorgeous photography like this. Staying worried serves no constructive purpose unless you consider going insane to be constructive. I do believe that it is possible to be relatively carefree and mindful at the same time. But staying extroverted and creative, as I said, is the best therapy of all. And, selfishly, I get to look at the pictures!


  4. krikitarts says:

    We had rain for most of the day here too, and it is most welcome!


  5. paula graham says:

    Stay Alert!! Yes, super pic


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, Stay Alert is definitely the thing; and Stay Worried is probably the thing too, in that its is 100% better than becoming carefree and blase about the threat. Glad you like the picture – thanks!


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