I made this image on the way back home after shooting "Shifnal Bales". I normally wait until the 'after glow' has dissapeared - this can be a wonderful colour show after the sun has actually gone down. On this occassion, I decided to pack unusually early... However on the drive home I could see in my rear view mirror the cloud formations and light getting better and better.
I decided I had to stop. I quickly pulled over and set up the camera on the tripod. I clipped on the Lee Filter holder and slipped in a couple of ND grads. Moving quickly I then fitted the remote shutter release and legged it across the road and down the edge of a crop field to get to the tree in shot. It's a tree I used to see every day on my way to and from work and I have always wanted to shoot it, I just needed some decent lighting and the time to do it...so there was my chance.....
As there was little in the way of foreground interest, I made use of the slow shutter speed to provide movement in the grasses at the edge of the field.
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikkor 16-35 f4 VR
Exposure: 4.0 Seconds @ f16, ISO 200
Filters: Lee ND Grad
Nr Shifnal, Shropshire, England