Both really like this image (the way the light has fallen on the ground, and also the rays bursting out of the cloud mirroring the shadow lines on the ground is just great), and also slightly dislike it. But I only dislike the composition rather than the content I think. The tree and shadow in the middle are just too central for my liking. But maybe that's just personal preference rather than anything else.
What settings were used? I'm sure if I'd have been there I would have botched the exposure one way or the other.
Good comment! The problem was where I could place myself to get the tree in the way of the sun without trespassing any further into the farmer's field and from where I was the surrounding areas to the sides were less interesting so not worth including. Wish I had another version less centred as well to see which would have been more effective. Might try a slightly different crop...
Settings ISO 200, f11, 100 second. Shot in manual after taking a few shots in aperture priority to get a sense of what worked. Also took lots of shots to try and get the exposure and ended up realising it was pretty impossible even with the 3 stop ND grad I was using. I ended up having to shoot using the histogram - keeping in enough tones in the shadows and highlights to know I could use the RAW file in Lightroom after.
Being a sucker for a 16:9 ratio I'd use that in Lightroom and crop part of the right and the top of the image off. Although looking at the image, it might leave the horizon in an awkward place. I'd have stood in the same place to take the photo, but probably rotated to the left a few degrees.