Harvesting has begun

Living in East Anglia, it is sometimes easy to bemoan the lack of striking and photogenic landscape features available.  We have no Pennines, no Lake District, no dramatic cliffs on our coast.  But one thing that does make great photographs is the process of harvesting the grain which is just beginning to come to life.  A long, hot, sunny evening with combine harvesters rolling through the fields in their clouds of dust makes a great picture, but unfortunately today’s weather has, although dry, been absolutely rubbish.  A cool north west wind and lots of cloud meant a dull day, and yet this evening, when I set out to get some photos, it produced some quite incredible effects in the sky with the clouds masking the setting sun .  So here are a couple of tasters for the coming weeks, when there is likely to be a surfeit of pictures with an agricultural theme.

Above: Two versions of the same picture.  One of the weird things about taking ‘serious’ pictures is that when people are involved, you feel a bit self-conscious standing there with your camer snapping away at them.  The driver of this combine must have wondered why a grown man was stood a few feet away snapping photos of him doing something so mundane.   But luckily, I wasn’t ‘orn his laaaand’.

The first one is the same picture fed through Photomatix, with perhaps a little too much colour saturation.

Above – the 8pm sky with a little help from Photoshop.  I used curves to alter the contrast, and increased the saturation of blue and yellow.  Can you tell?

Slideshow here.


One response

  1. Yay harvest! I grew up on a farm and this is my favourite time of year, when the fields and lanes are bustling and everything is a race against the weather. I love the photos – looking forward to seeing more 🙂

    August 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

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