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When we first ap­proached the view­point at Win Green, my ini­tial re­ac­tion – which Char­lie as­sured me was quite com­mon – was: ‘How the hell am I go­ing to get all that in…?’ The key, he sug­gested, was to try to make sense of what he called ‘the mis­cel­lany of shapes’ by ask­ing my­self a sim­ple ques­tion: ‘Which bit do I like, and why do I like it?’ With Char­lie’s help I de­cided that I wanted to cap­ture the bowl shape cre­ated by the ‘out­stretched arms’ of the hills to the left and right.

If I’d been on my own, I might have been tempted to try to get ev­ery­thing in, from the very first place I hap­pened to be stand­ing, but Char­lie en­cour­aged me to ‘read’ the land­scape by mov­ing around un­til I’d found the best van­tage point for the scene I wanted to cap­ture, and then crop­ping in to omit any­thing that didn’t add to it. The idea, he said, was to try to cap­ture the ‘feel’ of the whole vista in a sin­gle frame, so that the viewer would feel like they were there. Hope­fully I’ve achieved that with this shot.

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