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Happy Earth Day!

The Grand Stage.


This is one of my favourite shots from last year that I have uploaded for Earth Day, of the London Gliding Club (to the left) from Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire.


It was a very windy day and the multiple layers of clouds racing across the sky made for interesting textures. I had just set my tripod up and was still adjusting the camera settings when the sun burst through the clouds right in front of me. The rays of spotlights scanned across the rolling fields, moving quickly. I knew I had about 60 seconds to get three exposures off that captured all the light and shadow detail needed to make a satisfactory HDR image, but I didn’t like the composition. I had originally placed the wide-angle view with an ugly bush in the foreground, which would have distracted from the magnificence of the scene unfolding in front of me. I ran down the steep hill, buffeted by strong winds blowing towards me, which helped to keep me upright but made it tricky to keep the tripod still. I raced through the exposure settings and checked the focus, then put my body weight on the tripod to stop it moving before pressing the shutter. I pressed for another three-exposure burst, by which time the sun had gone in. The resulting shot was from my first and only attempt while the sun was out. I felt elated that I had managed to capture a special moment just in the nick of time.


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Taken on June 22, 2013