Making hay wains while the sun shines

Amongst other places, Tilly and I visited Flatford Mill today. A pleasant spot.


It’s famous for being the place where John Constable painted the Hay Wain:


He did so, I expect, because he knew that I would one day take a photo in just that location:


I thought about taking out my easel and oils, but decided his results might still have been better, because he would have had a couple of unfair advantages.

Firstly, he visited when the temperature was above freezing. Secondly, he did so during daylight hours. It’s an issue of exposure, you see — I had to use an 8-second one, and I also nearly died of it 🙂

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