Spoilt for sub­jects but fight­ing the light and pedes­tri­ans, we needed pa­tience for this shot

YOUR PHOTO CHAL­LENGE: GO SHOOT… A choco­late-box scene

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Off-top ic but in the bag

Just be­cause you’re focused on one task doesn’t mean you have to switch off to other pictures. We spent some time ‘sketch­ing’ with our cam­eras, pho­tograph­ing tourists and de­tails that might oth­er­wise go un­no­ticed

The next card plucked from our chal­lenge deck was to shoot a choco­late-box scene. It’s fair to say that the Cotswolds, with its pic­ture­post­card vil­lages and rolling green land­scapes, isn’t short of th­ese. But we de­cided to head to the jewel in the crown, Bibury. The vil­lage’s world­fa­mous Ar­ling­ton Row, a col­lec­tion of 17th Cen­tury weavers’ cot­tages owned by the Na­tional Trust, is one of the iconic English coun­try­side scenes – it even features inside the front cover of Bri­tish pass­ports. What you don’t of­ten see in the count­less photos of it are the throngs of tourists with selfie sticks, along with the oc­ca­sional parked car and wed­ding dress shoot, all of which mean that photo op­por­tu­ni­ties are spo­radic and you have to seize them when you can.

We had found our per­fect spot and were set up by around mid­day, and al­though clouds in­ter­mit­tently blocked the sun, for the most part the sky was clear, with the cot­tages being lit from be­hind. Ide­ally we’d have re­vis­ited at a dif­fer­ent time when the light­ing was softer, lower and il­lu­mi­nat­ing the cot­tages from the front, but that’s the na­ture of do­ing a two-day chal­lenge like this… you just have to make do.

With our shots in the bag, we found a bite to eat at the lo­cal inn be­fore hit­ting our fi­nal two chal­lenges…

EX­PO­SURE 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO100 LENS Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8

Be ing pa­tient at Bibur y Ar­ling­ton Row isn’t part of a theme park. The cot­tages are peo­ple’s homes and you have to just sit it out when they’re go­ing about their lives. We had the an­gle and set­tings, so it was just a case of wait­ing for that car to move!

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