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 As with most things electronic these days, the D800E has already been replaced by the next big thin, the D810, but most of the improvements are in the video side of the camera which I never use so I suspect the D800E will be in my bag for a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.
The unmistakable buzz of Crop Dusters was back this weekend, a sure sign the season’s early cotton is maturing. The planes loaded with defoliant swoop, down strafing the fields with the chemicals to defoliate the plants leaving only the stalk and the boll of cotton. Its the final step in a cycle that begins with a white or pale yellow flower which then pollinates itself and turns a bright pink before the maturing boll pushes the flower off and cracks open revealing the cotton fiber inside. The boll then matures and opens revealing what most of us think of when we see cotton, the white cotton puffs like one sees in the drug store. We’re always late planting cotton so our crop has not yet finished the pollination stage. The Crop Dusters won’t be buzzing us until late September and often harvest only comes just after New Years. So for now, we have lush green fields dotted with pink cotton flowers just as you see above. Have a lovely Sunday and thanks for the visit.
Back on the farm for this one. The mornings have gotten a bit cooler and a few clouds have started floating in at dawn generating some nice hues. It’s a nice change from the summer norm of cloudless skies and haze. This shot in what we call the High Field where cotton is planted. The plants are now about 3 to 4 feet tall with the leaves a very deep green. Makes for a nice match with the golden tones in the morning sky. Have a great evening and thanks for the visit. .