Light is very often the decisive factor in outdoor photography. The most spectacular view can be boring and pointless in poor light and conversely, a relatively tame view can be beautiful in good light – as here, in a field at Styal.
Styal, in Cheshire, is a National Trust property with gardens, a small lake, notable and old trees (two or three hundred years old I was told) and a working water wheel, which used to power a textile works.
It’s pleasant to drive here from Manchester and escape the city for a few hours.
These photographs are not actually at Styal but I decided to use them here because they are more than a technical illustration of sidelight – I think they’ve very beautiful – and this is largely because of the technical quality of the light.