Dawn breaks over one of the cotton fields here. This was a good year for cotton in coastal North Carolina thanks to the unusually wet weather over the summer and the heat.
I shot this with a Nikon D800E Camera using a 24-120 f/4 lens. The D800E has jaw dropping resolution thanks to its 36 mp sensor and the disablement of a low pass filter which increases sharpness measurably. I was blown away by the detail in the low light of the early morning. As with most things electronic these days, the D800E has already been replaced by the next big thin, the D810, but most of the improvements are in the video side of the camera which I never use so I suspect the D800E will be in my bag for a long time to come.
A word about the ads WordPress is now selling and plastering on individual blogs. I don’t mind them putting static ads on my site but I think video ads are obtrusive and detract from the blog which I’m sure is exactly the idea. Anyway, it does not sit well with me. I’m going to look into creating my own site and getting rid of WordPress and its ads. If I move on, I will give lots of notice and give all of you who are nice enough to drop by, my forwarding address.
The Cotton Harvest got underway over the weekend. This is about the latest harvest anyone here can remember. The delay was due to the extremely wet weather; so wet the heavy equipment could not get into the field without getting bogged down. As you can see, two harvesters double teamed each field. There was no time to lose. More heavy rain was forecast for the next morning so the crews worked on into the night to get it all done. Looking at this, consider that it really wasn’t all that long ago that cotton was picked by hand. I can’t imagine. Thanks for the look and have a great evening.
Nikon D7100, Nikon 70-300mm f4.5 5.6 lens at 70mm.
One of the cotton fields just before sunrise on the 1st of December. It was almost completely overcast when I got to the field and I started to chuck the whole thing and head home but a gleam of orange sky along the horizon hinted that a light show might be forthcoming. It was. Looks kinda like pink lightning high in the clouds. Within a couple of minutes, it was gone. Click on the Photograph for a larger view.
A shot of the dawn breaking over a large cotton field in late December. The low light level makes the cotton look like a field of snowballs on sticks. Click on the photograph for the large view. Time was when cotton was strictly a summer time crop in North Carolina but now it’s not unusual to see cotton in the field well into winter. Another indication of how growing seasons have changed along with the climate. Thanks for the Visit and have a Great Evening.