IN THE FIELD: More Tasty Delights

Next on the docket to provide summer taste sensations from our local orchard are the sweet cherries. We’ve been waiting with anticipation since last summer for the next crop, and they should be ready in a few days. As with all the fruit grown at the orchard, customers are free to pick their own.

I was a bit overwhelmed when I was there to photograph the ripening fruit, because I found promising compositions everywhere I looked. After finishing with one cluster, I would see a better one. And then a better one than the last. And I hadn’t made past the second tree in that row. And there were plenty more rows of cherry trees to explore.

I experimented with sunny, cloudy, and shade white balance settings to render the colors as accurately as possible. Due to the bright, yet overcast late morning sky, the sunny setting gave the best results. The cloudy and shade settings brought out too much yellow in the green leaves. After about an hour it began to get darker due to an impending storm, so I got out my flash unit to provide some more fill light. I managed to squeeze off a few shots while the sky continued to darken. Then it became ominous with thunder and flashes of lightning. Now I had to quickly change plans.

It’s best not to be in an orchard with a metal tripod when there is lightning in the area. I felt like I was dancing with the devil as I put my equipment away in my backpack and hightailed it back to the Jeep. It was a close call and the heavy rain started just as I closed my door. It rained well into the night with high winds, lightning and thunder.

I hope the heavy storms didn’t cause much damage to this year’s bounty of cherries.

I’ll find out later this week.

  1. June 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

    So much looking forward to the cherry season!

    • June 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      You are a little bit north of here so they should be ready any day now…later come the pie cherries. Yummmmm

  2. June 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I hope and wish too dear David, the heavy storms not cause much damage to the cherries… I am glad you took a picture, they seem so nice, how would be so nice to pick up them… ) Thank you dear David, have a nice day, (it is raining in here with lightning and thunder) with my love, nia

    • June 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      The cherry trees weathered the storms really well and the crop was not damaged at all. Yippee! It is fun to pick them!!

  3. June 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Glad you made it back under cover before the storm! Hope there are some cherries remaining – they look so good!

    • June 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      It was a close call…I didn’t get soaked…wet, but not soaked. Yepper there are plenty of cherries on the trees…and boy are they good!!!

  4. June 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    When I was a little girl we had a cherry tree in our backyard. Many a day I would climb up into it and just nosh away! Thanks for that memory and try to avoid being a lighting rod, my friend.

    • June 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Nyumm,nyumm,nyumm…lightning when it’s close is both thrilling and darn scary!!! Oh yeah, saw the sign at the orchard today…the raspberries are ready!!!

  5. June 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Mmmm…cherries! They look so luscious with their deep red color. Nice shot!

    • June 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Fergie…and they are yummy for sure!!!

  6. June 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    great shot-mouth-watering-you didn’t eat any?! I thought maybe that was why you went from one bunch to the other. Taking so many photos lately , I am learning a lot about the sublety of light-thanks for reinforcing my learning.

    • June 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Yup, I ate my share…it was hard not too!!! Just look for the light…and shadows. Shoot towards the light, use side lighting for drama…have fun and play!

  7. June 7, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Those look so good! Ours here are still weeks away from being ready and I can hardly wait!

    • June 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

      They are good!!! There are rows and rows of trees and they all seem to ripen progressively so the harvest will last for a few weeks…hopefully! I suppose there are micro climates in different areas of the orchard that cause that.

  8. Jo Woolf
    June 7, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Looks like you’ve got the perfect colour balance there. Superb shot!

    • June 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Thank you Jo, it was fun experimenting with different settings. Most worked pretty well and some not at all. With digital, it’s nice to be able to experiment and see the instant results!

  9. Nandini
    June 7, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Red and green together, great photo! And they look so good and delicious. 🙂

    • June 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Thanks Nandini, they sure are tasty…it’s hard to stop eating them!!!

  10. June 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Nicely done, David. I like the green/red juxtaposition.

    Also glad to hear that you avoided being joined to the lightning rod that a metal tripod becomes when storms arrive!

  11. June 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Thanks Kerry, there sure are a lot of bunches to choose from…everywhere I looked was another great composition. I went back the following day and spent a few more hours there!
    Yes, metal or carbon fiber tripods especially, don’t play well with lightning. I’m always on the lookout when it comes to stormy weather like that.

  12. June 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Love the colors, David. They look very real and deliciously ripe. I hope they weren’t harmed by the storm as well.

    • June 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Gracie, they are delicious. Sorry WordPress doesn’t allow online tastings. The trees and cherries withstood the wrath of the storms, so there are plenty!

  13. June 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

    these look so yummy!!!

    • June 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

      They sure are…it’s hard to stop eating them!!!

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