IN THE FIELD: Tasty Delights

I know I have mentioned in previous posts, there is an orchard only a few minutes from our home. Customers can pick their own fruit in season or purchase what is picked by the staff.

Not only do we shop there for fruit and vegetables, but for me, it’s a supply of endless photographic opportunities. I am honored to say the owners have used some of my photographs of their establishment in their promotional brochures, as well as their on-line presence. When photo opportunities present themselves at a privately-owned business, I’ll say it again: it pays to ask permission first.

Of all the fruits and veggies grown there, strawberries are in season now and are being picked at a furious rate. The patch where they are grown and picked by strawberry lovers is roughly three acres in size. Orchard owner “D” said, “the berries can’t ripen fast enough to keep up with the demand, which has doubled since last year.”

This morning I headed out to the fields to photograph the berries ripening on the plants. With any luck, I would get a few shots before they were all harvested by the hordes of berry pickers. The plants are low to the ground, and the rows are close together, so using a tripod was an exercise in geometry. I brought an old blanket and used it to kneel on, and sit on between the rows of plants. Which was a good idea since we had rain last night. And it showered again while I was shooting the berries. Luckily the sales hut was only about 100 yards away and I was able to duck inside and take refuge from the rain.

Whenever I am not hand-holding my camera, to avoid camera movement I use my cable release to trigger the shutter. It was used in this scenario also, but the self-timer would have worked just as well. But I prefer to use the cable release, especially if there is a breeze. This way I can control exactly when to trip the shutter.

We’ve purchased our fair share of those red mouthfuls of sweetness. But it never seems to be enough.


  1. June 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    This time for sure? LOL Call me when it’s raspberry time. Great shot there.

  2. June 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Yummm, raspberries will be ready in a month or so. Stay tuned!!! Oh, and blueberries too!!!

  3. June 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    A time of plenty, they look so succulent!The green one, you better put your name on it, before it´s spirited away!raspberries and blueberries,in the same little pot with some strawberries and a little pot of sweet,sweet honey to dip them in is manna from heaven!ha,ha lovely bit of fruit photography you have there my man!

    • June 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Oh my gosh they are so good. Many varieties are grown there. Your descriptive of the berries and honey has my mouth watering!!! Thanks for the great comment Adrian!!!

  4. June 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    These look so delicious, in a week or two ours should be ready. There are some lovely flowers and tiny green strawberries 🙂

    • June 5, 2012 at 8:56 am

      Oh and they are yummy!!! You guys will be enjoying them before you know it!!!

      • June 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        You may be right! We just need some sunshine! 🙂

  5. June 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    This is so beautiful, you have such a nice place to pick your own fruits… Fascinated me. Strawberries seem so delicious… and so beautiful. Thank you dear David, love, nia

    • June 5, 2012 at 8:58 am

      It really is a super place. Cherries are next, and then blackberries and raspberries, then peaches and apples. You have never had strawberries?? They are so sweet and sometimes slightly tart depending on the variety.

  6. June 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Do those ever look good!

    • June 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Oh man are they!!! Photograph some, eat some, photograph some, eat some….

  7. June 5, 2012 at 6:22 am

    They look so luscious! I love the light in this image.

    • June 5, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Boy are they!!! The light was really nice for a few minutes and then it would get cloudy and dark and then sunny again for a bit and then shower and then sun…I leaving shortly to go buy some more!

  8. Jo Woolf
    June 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    A beautiful shot, of such perfect fruits. I have a strawberry craving now!

    • June 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Jo, I went stopped in again today for some more…I had to, I had to! Plus the sweet cherries are ready now!

  9. tedgriffith
    June 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Those look so delicious! We’ve been harvesting out of our garden, but nothing like those.

    I keep a space blanket in my photo kit to kneel or lie on in damp conditions. It weights almost nothing, folds up incredibly small and is waterproof. In a pinch (and with an assistant) it can be used as a large shade or reflector. 🙂

    • June 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Boy they sure are yummy…I stopped in yesterday for some more. That’s a super idea to carry a space blanket. Way more convenient than the old boy scout wool blanket I was using. I have to run down the basement and see it I still have one in my camping gear! Thanks for the tip Ted!!!

  10. Nandini
    June 6, 2012 at 5:23 am

    They are inviting me too. 😉 Beautifully captured, David.

  11. June 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Thanks Nandini, they are so good and refreshing…not to sweet..just right. Yummy

  12. June 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Nice shot! They look tempting to pick.

    • June 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

      They sure are and tempting not to eat while photographing them!!! I don’t know how many varieties they grow, but three+ acres is a lot of strawberries!!!

  13. June 16, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Salivating :-)..

    • June 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Compose, click, bite…compose, click, bite…compose, click, bite…

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