This shot’s been fermenting in my mind for quite some time now.
I regularly ride my bike to the top of this hill (the Devil’s Kneeding Trough - awesome name, huh?) which is managed by Natural England, and I’ve always wanted to put someone on this promontory and shoot them as the sun sets. Thankfully I have an extremely obliging partner in Chele Gutek!
To be honest, I’ve not done at all well with sunrises or sunsets this year, and what I was hoping for was to find the sky ablaze with glorious colour as far as the eye could see. Instead what we got was a mellow, muted affair with some interesting, smooth, horizontal lines of light and cloud - not ideal, but enough to work with in the lab.
For the shoot itself, I used an old 300mm Nikor F4.5 manual focus lens and created a vertical panorama from 4 separate images, which actual gave me almost exactly a 3:2 ratio, a standard size for photo prints, but with the added benefit of more Pixels Per Inch (which means it can be printed larger than standard images).