As the cotton crop neared harvest, the soybeans dropped their leaves and began the slow march toward ripening later in the fall. As usual, I was out early grabbing some final shots of the cotton and some initial pictures of the soybeans. The weather cooperated magnificently drawing in clouds which provided a marvelous backdrop to the golden beans and the stark white cotton..
I’ve had good luck over the years marketing these kinds of shots to the various foundations and marketing concerns which promote cotton and soybeans worldwide. I also like to document what we grow here and since I’m the guy who’s into photography, that falls to me. As for getting up so early, It comes from habit. I was in broadcast news for more than 40 years, most of it in Radio, which had an early call. I still wake up before dawn every morning. It dovetails nicely with photography. I’ve always held the opinion that the best light of the day comes early, from dawn to shortly after sunrise. Thanks for the look. Have a good week ahead. See you next time.
Time was, the crop dusters would fly in to spray the crop in order to defoliate it. Now, most growers just let nature take its course and that was the case here. The cold nights have taken care of the cotton foliage without chemicals being applied, and the cotton is ready for harvest.
Harvest time comes with its own drama. The Autumn along with the cooler temperatures ushers in spectacular cloud formations and they change quickly. These shots were all taken on the same morning within a 15 minute span. Thanks for the look and have a good week. See you next time.
I do a lot of rural and farm photography. For one thing, it’s where I am and for another, I’ve found a a bit of a market for it. I’m often drawn by what is growing the fields. I suppose cotton is the most photogenic of the crops grown in Eastern North Carolina with Tobacco running a distant second. There’s just something magical about a big field of pure white cotton at dawn. As for Tobacco, I find it quite photogenic when it begins to ripen and flower. Soybeans have little appeal for me until their foliage begins to turn and the beans ripen to a golden brown. I seldom venture into a corn field except to photograph the stalks left in the field in the fall. The less traditional crops here, Sunflowers, Peonies etc will always get my immediate and undivided attention.
Primarily though, I’m drawn by the weather and the sky condition at dawn. A foggy morning will always find me in the field, regardless of what is growing there……even if it’s nothing but weeds
On this particular morning, I was blessed with an interesting sunrise, a healthy crop of tobacco and fog.
That’s tobacco on the left side of the service road, cotton to the right and in the far distance, field corn. The fog, which has begun to burn off, gives the colors a bit of a pop like that of a polarizer. I use no filters when shooting on a foggy morning. I particularly avoid any haze filters and obviously have no need for a polarizer. So next time you encounter a foggy morning out in the boonies, get up, get out there and grab a little magic. Thanks for the visit. Have a good week. See you next time.
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.
If this looks incredibly muggy and humid to you it was. I had an Aunt in Virginia who said days like this were “close” and you know, it’s true. It was close like being crammed in a room with no air. It reminded me of a James Brown concert I went to in May of 1968 at American University. It was scheduled to be an outdoor concert but rain forced it inside. 3 thousand of us crammed inside a gym. James Brown wasn’t the only one sweating. Within a few minutes, I was totally soaked. Dripping wet. I peeled off my shirt and told Tracey, who was with me “We might as well have stayed in the rain”. It was probably the most miserable concert I have ever been to. The field on this particular morning was just about as miserable. Stay cool if you can. Thanks for the look and have a great Holiday.
It was actually chilly in the fields this morning. The haze was gone. The heat took a vacation. It was a welcome preview of October. It won’t last. We’ll head back into the 90’s by the weekend but this really did bolster my spirits. This view is to the Northwest. That’s one of the barns here in the distance. The little specs of yellow in the foreground are cotton blooms which will soon pollinate themselves, turn pink then fall off as the cotton boll is formed. Nikon D600/ 18-35mm. Thanks for the look and have a good week.