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IN THE FIELD: It’s Harvest Time

October 12, 2012 31 comments

I found these dried corn stalks and ears of corn tied up in bunches at a farmers market. They are a common sight in this area since they are used for decoration during the Autumn season.

It was late morning when I took this photograph and I was lucky to find some bundles brightened by sidelight. This allowed me to capture definition in the shadow areas without blowing out the highlights. Using a diffuser would have toned down the highlights a bit and the shot would have been more mellow, but in this particular instance I wanted to feature the warmth of the sunlight.

Camera settings used were ISO 100, WB-cloudy, 1/640th@3.2, 35mm lens, handheld.

IN THE FIELD: New Discovery

September 17, 2012 20 comments

In our travels last weekend, we discovered a farmers market that is new to us. We enjoy shopping in places like this for several reasons. Not only is the food grown or raised locally, but it is also educational. The folks there love to chat about their farms and products they sell.

It is a rather lengthly list of what venders were marketing, but here are some examples. They were selling fruits and vegetables, homemade noodles and pasta, fresh meats, baked goods, honey, fresh homemade cheeses, and other dairy products, jams, jellies, and other canned/preserved items. One family operation was selling various kinds of flour that is grown, harvested, and milled at their farm.

This display of colorful woven baskets was just outside the entrance. We couldn’t resist buying one to carry all our purchases. It is harvest season, so our basket will be put to good use in the weeks ahead.

IN THE FIELD: I Say, Boy, Pay Attention To Me, Boy

August 3, 2012 26 comments

“Why aren’t my feathers the same color as uncle Foghorn’s you ask?”

“Yeah Uncle Spike…how come?”

“You see Boy, Foghorn Leghorn is my second cousin on my father’s aunt’s mother’s side.” “He’s loud and a prankster and always gettin’ into mischief, if ya know what I mean.”

“What kind of mischief?”

“See that barnyard dog over there?”

“Yeah”

“Well, it all started with Ol” Dawg and Foghorn. The Leghorn side of the family decided they were the big guys around the farm. Ol’ Dawg and his family would have nothing to do with that. Every time Foghorn and his siblings would come into the barnyard, Ol’ Dawg would give ‘em a chase. Foghorn, bein’ the sneaky sort, always had a trick up his wing. He tried everything to get back at that old dog, but he’s never been able to win the battle. It’s hard to tell anymore who starts the antics between the two, but they just keep on goin’. Almost like a habit.”

“Anyway, We’s always been prideful of our white feathers, but we dye our feathers different colors to confuse Ol’ Dawg. Some of us are red, orange, gold or pearly black like me. He doesn’t realize it yet, but we’re really Leghorns. Luckily, until he gets the real story on us, we have free range and get to be with the missy hens whenever we want to.”

IN THE FIELD: High Visibility

June 13, 2012 33 comments

In the valleys below where I live, the area is predominately farmland. For me, this provides a wealth of photographic subject matter. I particularly like the equipment used in farming operations. And it doesn’t matter whether it is old or new, I can always find something interesting to photograph.

I came across this piece of equipment in a small field surrounded by trees on three sides. Actually, it was hard to miss. Not only did it stand out in this scene, but it was quite large. It is a drop spreader used for lime or crushed stone products. I like the contrast between the bright orange paint on the machine and the natural surroundings of the blue sky and green leaves.

I took this photo on a clear, bright, sunny morning and it is straight out of the can. I did not even use a polarizer. Nor any digital manipulation to intensify the colors. Sometimes everything just falls into place and you get lucky.

IN THE FIELD: Sunrise In Farm Country

May 30, 2012 32 comments

On hot and hazy summer mornings in the farmlands of Pennsylvania, everything seems to move in slow motion.

I got up before dawn one hot and humid morning to photograph the sunrise over a farm a few miles away. Since the camera equipment was indoors overnight in the air conditioning, I took the camera out of the camera bag when I got into my car. I did this to acclimate my equipment to the outside air temperature.

The driving time would be enough for temperatures between the camera, lens and outside air to equalize. The lens and viewfinder surely would have fogged up on site had I not taken this precaution. The air was thick and heavy, and by the time I arrived at my vantage point, I felt like I had just gotten out of the shower and forgot to dry myself off.

I set up the tripod and camera at a snails pace, and then took some meter readings from the sky and the foreground. After averaging the readings, I chose an appropriate aperture and shutter speed to obtain the best exposure for the look I wanted to achieve. Then it was just a matter of waiting for the cloud cover to lift and the sun to rise and bathe the scene in soft morning light.

Then I high-tailed it back into the air conditioning.

 

IN THE FIELD: M.A.D. (Multiple Addiction Disorder)

April 9, 2012 33 comments

I have to admit that garden centers are not my only addiction, and don’t ask me why, but every once in awhile I need a farm equipment fix, so I headed over to the store where we bought our lawn tractor. This store sells giant sized tractors, attachments and equipment used on a working farm. In addition to all the full sized farm equipment, they also sell machines for the homeowner. Such as lawnmowers, garden and lawn tractors, snow blowers and other lawn maintenance equipment.

Although I would love to own a farm tractor or a combine, I’m not exactly sure what I would do with it since we don’t live on a farm. I guess driving my large lawn tractor up and down the hills of our property will have to do. Darn, those combines are really cool.

The salesman who sold us our tractor has become a good friend. And after catching up on each other’s latest doings, I headed out to the yard to hang out with the really big machines and to photograph them in the morning light.

This is a photo of part of a ten wheeled star wheel hay rake. It is towed behind a tractor and used to gather the cut or mowed hay or straw into windrows for later collection. It is then gathered up by another piece of machinery and formed into bales.