'Stanmer Down, East Sussex'
I have many fond memories of hiking across Stanmer Down in my student days. Located just north of The University of Sussex campus, Falmer, it offers stunning views of the surrounding downland. In May oil seed rape is in full bloom in the neighbouring farming fields and the common pheasant can be spotted foraging the downland vegetation. The dramatic cloud formations were the main attraction to the photography on this particular evening, which was at the end of a sunny and fairly hazy day in late spring. As the sun set I took no time in setting up my camera on the tripod to compose this view. I fitted a 2-stop 0.6ND soft graduated filter to reduce the brightness of the sky compared with the foreground. I also selected a small aperture for good depth of field. Knowing that the low light would require a long exposure time, a cable release was used to reduce any mirror induced shake.