Photo Of The Week: Winter Harvest

Harvesting soybeans in late January or early February is not uncommon in Eastern North Carolina, particularly when it has been such a wet growing season. Planted in the late Spring and early Summer, the beans usually ripen by December but the relentless rain soaked the soil so thoroughly, it could not support the big harvesting machines.  The area finally got a week with no rain which flashed the green light for the long delayed harvest.

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Being based in Eastern North Carolina, I freelance a lot of rural and farm shots to argicultural concerns, Getty Images and the like.  As the old timers say, you dance with what brung ya, even if it’s a couple of months late.

Nikon D750, 24-120mm f/4 lens.

Thanks for dropping by and have a good week ahead.

Photo Of The Week: Christmas Eve Sunrise

Blogged December 25, 2016

Sunrise December 24, 2016

 

For several years running,  the Christmas day sunrise has been nothing short of spectacular here, to the point of becoming an almost spiritual thing. Not This year.  We were greeted this morning with an overcast sky and patches of misty rain, the result of a warm front that marched through late yesterday and overnight.  But the Christmas weekend was not a total washout.. Christmas Eve morning  was a keeper. With the colder air, the scene could be from October.  There were  just enough clouds to reflect the warm morning light. I had seen the clouds moving in over the tall lob lolly pines from my kitchen window and grabbed my camera.  No filters. Nikon D750 fitted with a 24-120mm f/4 lens. Iso 400, custom white balance, though Automatic on the 750 is quite good. Manual exposure. Spot metering. 1/125th of a second at f/22 which explains the slight flare to the sun. Best wishes to all for a great holiday and a safe and prosperous 2017.

Photo Of The Day: Stalking The Sky

Stalking the sky.  Posted to flickr November 28, 2016

Stalking the Sky

One of the oldest of Photography “Rules”  is in play here.  I say “Rules” because, of course, there are no rules ,and those that have been passed down come with the caveat,  “made to be broken.”   Over the years though, I’ve found this one is worth remembering: when all else fails, get low!   As it was, this was no shot at all when I first saw it.  The distant dark tree line swallowed the scene. But by getting low, the high grass stalks met that incredible orange of the dawn sky and bingo, a scene worth capturing.  I thought it was a rather pleasing shot.  So did my followers on flickr.  It got a lot of hits and faves and so forth.  I decided to put it on my web site and sold a small print the first day.  So, a worthwhile photography  that all came about because I “went low.”   Mind you, “getting low” is not something I do much of these days.  At my age, getting low is one thing, getting back vertical is quite another,  but this shot made even the complaining knees worth it.  Nikon D800E. 18-35mm lens.  Thanks for the look and have a great week.

 

Photo Of The Week: Season’s End

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The remnants of the summer growing season welcome a late October Sunrise.  The remains of a sweet corn patch are in the left foreground. Ripening soybeans are to the right. The grove of Live Oaks that shelter a civil war era cemetery serve to tone down the intensity of the sunlight preventing a blowout of the scene.  A rather easy shot but it all hinges on the metering.  I used spot metering taking my reading to the right of the sun and locking the exposure.  Manual exposure, f/22 to create the star effect, iso of 400. Raw conversion in Photoshop Elements 14.  Shots like this don’t work so well with no clouds which diffuse the light creating orange, yellow tones in the sky.  No filters. Nikon D 800E. 18-35mm lens.  Thanks for the visit and have a great week.

Photo Of The Week: Flowering Tobacco

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Blooming tobacco in an Eastern North Carolina farm field.  Tobacco isn’t what it used to be in North Carolina but it is still very much in evidence.   This was a small patch or allotment on a small farm near the coast.  The flowers will be removed; “topped” is the word used in the field.   It allows the plant to fill out and mature. Leaves are harvested from the bottom up.  Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead.

Photograph of the Week: The Beanfield in Winter

Mid January In The Bean field.  Posted to flickr March 6, 2016

This was taken back in mid-January, just prior to the harvest of these soybeans.  A sky filled with  puffy white clouds greeted the late afternoon  sun bringing a golden hue to the field.  Actually, the blue tones from the sky were very much in evident throughout the frame so I added an 812 warming filter to, well, warm things up a bit.  It took care of the blue cast.  The 812 has been around almost forever.  I used it frequently in the film days seeking to warm up Kodak Ektachrome slide film which often had a rather chilly look to it.  Perhaps it was because Kodachrome was so incredibly vivid and saturated with color that everything else paled.  The 812 juiced it up.  I’m quite sure Tiffen still makes it. Thanks for the look and have a great week ahead.