ARCHIVE 455 – CATTLE BESIDE THE NORTH DRAIN (MONO)

 

 


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A misty morning on the Somerset Levels, looking east along the North Drain, on Tealham Moor.  A calm scene, with the softest of light breezes, and no other sounds except the soft shuffling and snorting of a small group of cattle that have come down to the water’s edge to drink.

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Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 270mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro’s High Key 2 preset; 28 Aug 2013.

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ARCHIVE 454 – TREES IN MIST (MONO)

 

 


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Trees in mist on Tadham Moor, south of Wedmore, on the Somerset Levels; 27 Oct 2011.

Today was filthy weather down on the Levels – rain and more rain, and mud and water everywhere.  I tried to wipe the condensation off the inside of the windscreen but it remained wet, and the camera managed to focus through both this condensation inside the car and the mist and pouring rain outside.

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Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 116mm; 3200 ISO.  The shot has been converted into mono in Silver Efex Pro 2:  I applied this software’s Antique Portrait preset, and reduced its pale vignette a little.

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OUTER SUBURBS 210 – PARKED AT NUMBER 94 (MONO)

 

 

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A clear morning; bright, cold sunshine; everything still, quiet and locked down – and a car parked at Number 94.  For obvious reasons no doubt, I have been experiencing something of a photographic block recently, something of an unwillingness to raise the camera and look at things, but the glorious sunshine – even though not seen here –  got to me.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 500 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the B&W 12 profile; south Bristol; 31 Mar 2020.
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ARCHIVE 451 – COAST AT PORTHLEVEN (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 


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The beach at Porthleven, Cornwall; 18 Oct 2016.

I tried this image in straight black and white, but the subtle colour of the beach sand and the vast shore defences adds something.  The mist and sea spray also help.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Fine Art High Key preset and selectively restoring colour.

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BRISTOL 167 – STREET SCENE 7 (MONO)

 

 


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Other images in the Bristol Street Scenes series are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 .  Searching on the “street” tag (below here) will also find these posts.

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 1600 ISO; spot metering; in-camera processing of the raw file, using the Graphite profile; Cotham, central Bristol; 18 Dec 2019.
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ARCHIVE 449 – AND IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE CAT (MONO)

 

 


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Our friends’ cat, a favourite subject of mine; 1 Mar 2015.

She climbed up onto the arm of the sofa and spent a lot of time with her back to us, wagging her tail.  Then she turned around, the bright light streaming over her from the right, and gazed impassively at us for sometime.

I find cats very beautiful and never tire of photographing them – perhaps the title of this sums up my feelings towards them.  Something spiritual, perhaps?  Quite possibly.

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Technique: D700 with 105mm Nikkor lens used wide open; 3200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Spectrum Inverse preset.

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BRISTOL 166 – AT LUNCH, DRINKING WATER (MONO)

 

 


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Carafe and glass on a wooden table top: a cool drink before the food arrives.

More images from Browns restaurant can be found by clicking onto the Browns tag below – recommended.

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Technique: X-T2 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 36mm (equiv); 800 ISO; centre-weighted average metering; Lightroom, using the Camera Astia/Soft profile; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Spectrum Inverse preset and adding a moderate Coffee tone; Capture NX2; Browns restaurant, central Bristol; 28 Apr 2017.
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ARCHIVE 448 – STINGING NETTLE IN GRASS (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 


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Stinging Nettle in grass at the Magic Car Park, Tadham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 28 Aug 2013.

Why is this car park magic?  Well, it and the surrounding countryside – open pastures, simple, wet and rough – have helped me through some very dark nights of the soul.

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Technique: D700 with Sigma 12-24 at 24mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, including selective restoration of colour.

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PEOPLE 396 – WOMAN, BACKLIT, AT LUNCH 2 (MONO)

 


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Another take on my companion at lunch.

There is another of these images here .

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Technique: TG-5 at 57mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 2 preset and adding a light Coffee tone; south Bristol; 27 Feb 2020.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 452 – GOING TO WORK, TOTNEY DROVE (MONO)

 

 


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Going to work – at high speed – over pretty dreadful, single track roads in the wilds of Somerset.  Becoming temporarily airborne is a feature of these exciting rides. 

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 262mm; 200 ISO; jpeg created and processed in-camera from a raw file, using the Graphite profile; Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wedmore; 14 Feb 2020.
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