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Char­lie was keen to re­turn to Win Green in the evening, as he knew that’s when the light would be at its best, but when we came back it was pour­ing with rain, and blow­ing a gale! Char­lie, though, said that the strong wind could be a bless­ing: we could just make out some clear sky on the hori­zon, so we de­cided to sit out the rain. Sure enough, an hour later the bowl be­low Win Green was bathed in sun­light, but the sun was now too low in the sky to light the slope on the left, which meant the bowl looked un­bal­anced, with shad­ows on the left and high­lights on the right.

To get round this, Char­lie sug­gested us­ing my zoom lens to crop in on a de­tail in the land­scape [see Ex­pert Insight, be­low]. Af­ter ex­per­i­ment­ing with com­po­si­tion and crop­ping [top-right], I ended up with a graphic shot of the square field just be­yond the bowl. Char­lie sug­gested a square crop to echo the square of the field, which I think works well – I like the way the low, rak­ing light re­veals the lines cre­ated by the trac­tor tyres.

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