This image was made a short while after the adjacent Velvet morning, as the soft, damp air receded and started to give way, over a period of 20 minutes or so, to full visibility of the sky.
Charlie Waite is famous for saying that if the sky is uninteresting, exclude it; if it is interesting, devote three-quarters of the picture to it. Here, I loved the way the wedges and angles of the cloud formations seemed to mirror the land below, and allowed us to step upwards through the picture; to the little puff of cloud in the top right, which provides a final stop and matches the wedge of land in the opposite, lower-left corner. It is these little details that can make for balance or 'rightness' in a picture, and seeing – sometimes in a split second – how or that they might come together is the work of making this kind of image.
Being present at a moment when the sky is transitioning from one form, or dominant atmospheric condition, to another, can often lead to interesting possibilities. This was the moment when the crispness of the village could be set against the softness of the morning,
a morning just emerging from the damp sense of dawn towards the fullness of a day.