Day 260 (17 Sep 2012) Empty Field, or Corny Photos

I’ve shot corn fields full of corn before, but how about an empty corn field?  I think they are pretty interesting with the short stubble all in rows and the odd ears lying on the ground.  But what really caught my eye about this field a few days ago was a lone corn stalk in the middle of the field.  Just one, all by itself.

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18 mm, 1/50 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Lone Corn Stalk)

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18 mm, 1/15 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Last Sunset)

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18 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8, ISO 200 (Heaven Bound)

Day 202 (20 July 2012) Connecticut Corn

You may not know it if you never leave the larger towns, cities, and major highways of Connecticut, but CT has a thriving agriculture industry.  Nestled in the rolling hills, away from major highways and large towns & cities are thousands of acres of corn!  I run past a couple fields during my morning jogs, and when I take the backroads in the eastern part of the state, I see lots and lots of corn.  As such, corn mazes are also quite popular (and fun!).  Also, the local sweet corn is available all summer long, both in major grocery stores and road side produce stands.  It’s perfect the perfect grilling companion for a steak (or chicken or burger or . . . )!

What statistics I could find say that there are about 300 farms planting 4,600 acres of corn (as of 2007) in this small state.  Sure, a single farm in Iowa will surpass that, but this is New England 🙂

These photos are from one such farm along my jogging route:

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18 mm, 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Connecticut Corn)

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55 mm, 1/40 sec, f/11, ISO 400 (Rolling Hills of Corn)

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33 mm, 1/60 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (Tall Corn)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/11, ISO 800, 60mm macro lens (Corn Tassels)

Day 103 (12 April 2012) After the Rain

Today’s weather was interspersed with rain and sun, which meant that there were beautiful cumulus clouds everywhere, and a few rainbows!  Unfortuantly the rainbows were to faint to see once photographed, but I was still able to take a short jaunt to the same nearby corn field that I’ve shot in a few times, now.  Most recently on Tuesday night.

There is just something about the open field, surrounded by trees, and the large, gnarly oak trees that make awesome silhouettes.  I wonder how it will look thought the lens once the corn starts coming in around June.

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18 mm, 1/25 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (After the Rain)

Sundown on the Farm

32 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Sundown on the Farm)

One thing I’m noticing about my shooting habits is my huge hesitation to go above ISO 100; I usually don’t even think about bumping up ISO unless my the lighting conditions required too slow a shutter to be hand held.  I think I tend to pull out a tripod before bumping up ISO, if I have the time/tripod available.  Any thoughts on this?  Should I ‘explore’ the higher ISOs to see how they do, or keep trying to say at ISO 100?

 

Day 44 (13 Feb 2012) Star Light, Star Bright

I’ve shot in this field before (see post Life and Death), but I really like how this lone tree in the corn field stood out against the glow of the town just past the horizon.  The sky was clear, and the moon was not set to rise for 3 more hours, so I pulled over just before I reached home and set up my tripod and took a few shots.

I was trying to keep from having star trails, so I limited my exposure to 30 seconds, but had to boost the ISO up to 400, so I did get some noise which I tried to reduce in Lightroom.  But in this small size it doesn’t show up too much. The tree is a little out of focus, and the noise reduction didn’t help it, either. Days like this were I don’t have time to really plan out a shot result in being rushed. But I am learning something each time I analyze a photo I’m not 100% pleased with. 🙂

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400, Canon 18-55mm kit lens (Tree in Corn Field)

Day 15 (15 Jan 2012) Life and Death

As I was driving home today from church, I passed this corn field I pass every time I come home.  But I noticed that there was this knarley dead tree out in the middle, and I thought it looked pretty cool.  I thought I could shoot some pics of it as the sun set and get one good enough to post here.

But since today it’s acting like the first day of winter; it was 18F out and windy, I didn’t quite make it to sunset.  I spent about 15 min fighting numbness in my gloved fingers as I ran around the field trying different angles and positions.  It was so cold I wasn’t thinking about the settings on the camera, or hardly remembering to look at the preview after shooting to see if it came out ok.  So, most of my shots were not quite what I was hoping for.  They weren’t necessarily bad, just not what I had envisioned.  But as I was running back to my car, a flock of geese was heading south (finally) and I managed to capture this shot (slightly edited):

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36 mm, 1/200 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (Geese and Dead Tree in Corn Field)