Jackdaw near Perranporth, Cornwall, 14 April 2016.

What do I think about this image?  Well, to start with, it looks odd, and the more so perhaps because I’ve re-coloured the more colourful elements after taking the whole thing into slightly toned black and white.

Then there is a disparate assemblage of elements here, the living, natural bird on the one hand and all those decidedly non-natural electrics on the other – and those electrics are held up in the air, safely away from the likes of you and me, on wooden poles – which are formerly living (and now rounded for purpose) natural things.

And the bird is looking out of the picture, away from all the technology.  Is there disdain there, in that averted gaze, for the immobile, Unnatural World?  Or maybe there is the knowledge that that World has certainly, by one means or another, significantly reduced the numbers of this country’s wild birds within the lifetime of the FATman who, out of frame, is standing below this tableau and looking up.

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

Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Yellowed 1 preset and selectively restoring colour.


This is a new category on this blog – Archive Still Life studies.  The Still Life definition will certainly be followed loosely – e.g. some studies may only have been made “still” by the split second opening of the camera’s shutter – and my objective will be to use as many different types / genres of subject matter as possible.  Some images will be Minimalist and, in general, I try to make simpler images, rather than cramming them with visual content.

Some new Still Life studies will (hopefully!) continue to appear.

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 love it, it feels very playful to me. The colors – the way you changed them – are very attractive. And what’s not to like about birds on electric wires? Let’s say it’s an example of a positive human-nature interface. Yes, wild birds’ numbers have dwindled but there are plenty of examples of “cooperation” too. Anyway, that’s my thought for the evening. 😉


  2. I enjoyed the photo, Adrian, and your narrative made me chuckle.


  3. ♥️♥️This looks like a drawing


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Good! >>> whenever I hear my photos likened to drawings I feel I’m getting somewhere, ie getting away if only a little from obviously photographic images – thanks, Matt! 🙂

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      • No problem Adrian

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      • What makes it even better is that the tweaking wasn’t obvious. Not like you used a “drawing” filter.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          No, to me using something like a drawing filter (which I’ve never heard of before) is not an option, I mean, these days, there must be so many such filters around that I could do absolutely anything if I put my mind to it – but that’s not really photography to me.
          LOL! you must remember I’m old (71 now) and probably stuck in my ways, but throughout I simply use Lightroom, sometimes along with Silver Efex Pro 2 and/or Color Efex Pro and/or Nikon’s Capture NX2.
          This is of course not a “natural” image, but a mono one with selective colour restoration, so its artificial in that respect. Thanks for your thoughts, Matt. 🙂

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