SOMERSET LEVELS 408 – TEALHAM MOOR (MONO)

 

 


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This image is best viewed enlarged – click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it.

I’m parked beside the little bridge that carries Jack’s Drove over the North Drain, on Tealham Moor, drinking (now lukewarm) coffee and staring contemplatively out over the flat landscape.  All is quiet but, as I turn back towards the car, I find that I am far from alone – which, in its way, adds to my overall enjoyment of the place, and of the moment too.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens (needlessly) used in DX (= APS-C) format to give 240mm; 1600 ISO; jpeg created and processed in-camera from a Raw file, using the Monochrome profile; further processing in Lightroom;  Jack’s Drove, Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 13 Sept 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 407 – BESIDE SWANSHARD LANE (MONO)

 

 


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A fast drive down from Bristol to the Somerset Levels in the early morning, and then lots of coffee – trying to stay awake and focused – in the little layby in Swanshard Lane.  Inevitably, the cattle in the field on the other side of the River Sheppey are curious, and they come over to stare, shuffle around and murmur.  The only sounds are those of the river, the light breeze, some far off crows, and these inquisitive animals.

The shaded vegetation in the foreground is along the top of the far bank of this diminutive waterway, while the pasture further away, more out in the open, is lighter and slightly misty.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 140mm; 6400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Cool Tones 2 preset and adding a tone; Swanshard Lane, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 23 Aug 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 405 – EARLY MORNING 11

 

 


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There’s a lot of detail here – this picture is best viewed enlarged – click onto it to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it.

Pollarded Willows beside the River Sheppey, early on a misty morning.  Being top heavy due to the pollarding, all of these trees are leaning in towards the river; ultimately they will topple over  – there is more about the ancient practice of pollarding here .

Other images in this Early Morning series – from both rural and urban areas – are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 .

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor at 82mm; 6400 ISO; jpeg created and processed in-camera from a Raw file, using the Charcoal profile; further processing in Lightroom, including the use of a split tone; the River Sheppey beside Swanshard Lane, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 23 Aug 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 404 – EARLY MORNING 10 (MONO)

 

 


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Early morning mist: looking north from Yeap’s Drove towards the higher ground around Bleadney.

Technique: continuing my exploration of the Z 6’s in-camera Raw processing, here is another of these jpeg images, which in this case has been given further processing in both Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2 (details below).

Other images in this Early Morning series – from both rural and urban areas – are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 .

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in DX (= APS-C) format to give 360mm; 1600 ISO; jpeg created and processed in-camera from a Raw file, using the Graphite profile; further processing in Lightroom; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 1 preset and adding a split tone; looking north from Yeap’s Drove towards the higher ground around Bleadney, on the Somerset Levels west of Wells; 23 Aug 2019.
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BRISTOL 153 – LITTLE KING STREET 2

 

 


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Morning sunlight casting shadows across a façade.

There is an earlier abstract image from Little King Street here: 1 .

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid v2 profile; Little King Street, central Bristol; 10 May 2019.
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BRISTOL 152 – MASONRY

 

 


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Rough stone in a wall >>> twisted and turned a little!

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – which is useful I think to better see the textures.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Standard v2 profile; flipped; rotated; beside Temple Meads railway station, in central Bristol; 10 May 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 402 – THORNS, WEBS, MORNING DEW

 

 


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Bramble, festooned with wet cobwebs in the early morning dew.  It was 0635, and I’d just arrived in Swanshard Lane after a fast drive down largely empty main roads from Bristol.  There is a little, rough layby in this winding, single track lane, where I often pull over, to walk about and take in the place >>> and to try to keep on keeping on by swigging hot sweet coffee!!!

The hedge on the other side of the lane had various plants standing up against a distant backdrop and, used close in, the long end of the telezoom defocused that backdrop completely.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 3200 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile; Swanshard Lane, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 23 Aug 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 401 – WILLOW 2 (MONO)

 

 


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These images will benefit by being viewed enlarged – there is a lot of fine detail here.  Click onto them to open larger versions in separate windows, and click onto those imaged to further enlarge them.

Two looks at an old Willow, leaning precariously, out on the fields near Swanshard Lane: the weight of its dense and heavy crown will soon cause collapse, and all the sooner if the soil becomes waterlogged by floods this winter. 

So many trees, some of them my old friends, have gone in this way. 

I liked the shape of this tree but it was far off and in the relative gloom of early morning: and thus to a long telephoto and, taking no chances with camera shake (despite using image stabilisation), 16,000 ISO gave me 1/400th at f8.
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The upper image results from processing of the raw file in Lightroom (details below), but the lower one has been entirely produced by in-camera processing of the raw file by the Z 6, using the camera’s Graphite profile amended by 1.7 stops of overexposure.  I suppose that the lower image is slightly the more radical of the two, being higher key, and – by a small margin – I prefer it >>> so, being a fan of the Terminator films, here is the Rise of the Machines or, to put it rather more prosaically, Camera one, FATman lost ….  And do I mind?  Am I going to take this offending technological gem outside and back my car over it?  Not in the slightest since, for me, the resulting image is always the most important thing in photography, completely irrespective of the means by which it was produced.

Which image, if any, do you prefer?  And, in photography, is the resulting image the important thing for you, or do you think means of production also a factor?

There is another Willow image here .

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in DX (= APS-C) format to give 450mm; 16,000 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the B&W Green Filter profile and adding a slight pale vignette; North Moor, southwest of Wells on the Somerset Levels; 30 Aug 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 399 – EARLY MORNING 8

 

 


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Swanshard Lane, as the first shafts of sunlight light up the mists of early morning.

Other images in this Early Morning series are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 .

Click into the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further – recommended.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 210mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile; Swanshard Lane, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 23 Aug 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 398 – EARLY MORNING 7 (MONO)

 

 


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Gate to a field; morning dew.

Other images in this Early Morning series are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 .

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 3200 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Graphite profile; Swanshard Lane, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 23 Aug 2019.
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