By John Ayling.


By John Ayling

Don’s response

At first glance it’s easy to understand how this rural scene caught photographer John Ayling’s eye. The softly rounded hills and the pleasing line of trees draped like a necklace just down the hill from the lone farm house clinging to the saddle-shaped ridge are among the first details one’s eye is drawn to.

While better than a clear and featureless sky, the clouds lack some definition and contrast due to being a little overexposed. But that is something that may be recoverable if it was shot in raw. The farm house and the v-shaped slope below it make up the central point of interest, so while the landscape aspect ratio is almost a given for this kind of subject, I think that in this case the picture might be stronger as a square image.

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