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“Endless”

“Endless”

“Every season has an end~for a harvest to begin. Embrace the process!” 
― Dina Rolle

The ripe wheat stretched to the horizon, bathed in late day sunshine. It was a still and hot day in late July when I made this image with my iPhone, not having my Nikon with me. It was quite a sight and I wanted to do it justice in portraying how vast this looked. Not Prairie vast, but vast by local standards.

I deliberately cropped this to remove the horizon, creating a frame of endless wheat, the photo frame creating a false horizon. It really wasn’t much of a crop but improved the message I wanted the photo to convey.

The photo frame encompasses about 100 acres of wheat, which is a typical single farm plot in my area. The wheat was dry and just about ready for harvest at the time. Since then, a heavy rain has knocked it down quite a bit, one of the many factors that affect harvest and yields. Timing is everything.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/170 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20

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“Abundance”

“Abundance”

“Squabbling over too little is just human nature. But it says a great deal about a person, what they do with abundance.” 
― Tessa Dare

Today, some time spent out of the forest in in the farm fields around my home. It’s hard to believe, but it’s already late July and the wheat fields are seas of golden waves, swaying in the hot summer breezes.

As I stand among the soon to be harvested crops, I’m overwhelmed by the sheer abundance of food these fields will produce. As far as I can see, the bounty of grain fills my senses. There is the gentle movement, the rich golden colour, and the warm scent of wheat in the air. It surrounds me and makes me smile to see this much life and this much potential surrounding me. It also bring back memories of helping family members who have farms in collecting and storing what felt like an endless supply of straw bales after the harvest, always on the hottest days.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/320 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20

“Last Year’s Wheat”

“Last Year’s Wheat”

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.”
― Octavia E. Butler

This is where it all started, my work with black backgrounds, and it has taken me till now to finally photograph these wheat stalks.

I had envisioned doing this several months ago. I went out and purchased the black velvet I use for the background, stopped in a local field to pick a few stems of ripe wheat, set up my lights and made some photos, and was hugely disappointed.

So, the wheat got placed in a vase and I started photographing flowers, with much more pleasing results, and the wheat remained in the vase, till today.

Perhaps I have built more confidence in my skill at producing these images or perhaps it’s my recent acquisition of a 90mm macro lense that has given me better control over my depth of field than I have using my extender rings. In any case, it’s still not exactly as I wanted it, but I’m pleased enough with the outcome. After all, this idea of photographing last year’s wheat has opened up a style of photography that I would not have considered, had it not been for the initial failures.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro @90mm
0.4 sec, f/29.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Bruce County Roadside”

"Bruce County Roadside"

“The fields…are white already to harvest” (John 4:35 KJV), or as other versions put it, “ripe for harvest.”…One part of the harvest metaphor we may have missed was the importance of timing-there is a season for both sowing and reaping, and sometimes there is a season of simply waiting and watering.”
― Keri Wyatt Kent

I just got back from a few days in Ontario’s Bruce County. The region offers rolling farmlands, long sandy beaches, and some of the most spectacular sunsets in Canada along the shores of Lake Huron (which, being 183 miles wide, is almost like an inland sea).

As we drove to our destination, the beachfront at Sauble Beach, I had to stop several times to make photos of the spectacular landscapes that spread before me.

This is one of my favourite times of year to photograph Ontario’s rural landscapes. The contrast between the deep blue sky and the golden fields of grain is quite striking. Add to the mix a few wispy clouds and you can almost feel the warm air and hear the sounds of crickets chirping. As I stood by the roadside making this image I could smell the grain in the air and even though the grand scene spread before me, I was still drawn to the wildflowers in the foreground, delicate white Queen Anne’s Lace and the bright purple Ontario Thistle.

Nikon D300
Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @ 31 mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0 ISO 200

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