Tractor on Lavender Road

Uploaded: October 06, 2001

Description

Shot in the morning with Canon D30 digital SLR. Telephone pole has been removed digitally.

Comments

Terry L. Long December 02, 2001

Very good photograph. Looks like a painting. Hope you have this hanging on a wall somewhere. #2129

Angie Hill December 02, 2001

I love the lines in this Jim, leads your eyes right to the tractor. Nice job. #3275

Piper Lehman December 02, 2001

Jim, this is really good. The perspective makes the photo. I wonder if you happened to take a shot of this from even lower--say 2-3 feet from the ground. Would this not further exaggerate the wide-angle view? I really like the low contrast in all your lavender shots, and I usually prefer bold, rich color. I do have another question about this setting. Was is hazy or foggy when you and Denise were shooting there, and if so, did you have trouble exposing for the fog? I just read something about how most people tend to think they need to open up with fog photogs, when in actuality, fog is perceived as a brighter tone/zone than the medium, and you must stop down to get it to look right. Any thoughts on this concept? #3284

Piper Lehman December 03, 2001

Duh--got that bassackwards. Sorry. I meant to say "open up" a 1/2-1 stop to compensate for the meter reading. Meter will tend to underexpose fog/haze pix. Do I have this right yet?????? Slapfest coming my way... #3299

Jim Miotke My Courses December 07, 2001

Hi Piper and Angie,

Thank you very much for the comments. To answer your question, Piper, it is very hard to get a good shot on a foggy or overcast day with the lavender because it blooms for only about two weeks during the hottest time of the year. I saw many postcards in the area that were obviously shot in such conditions but the photographer must have lived right in the midst of the the fields to be able to catch such weather. I would have loved to been able to do it - the variety of hues that you can get out of the lavender is amazing and the overcast blue was unbelievable.

As far as exposure goes, if the foggy conditions are included in your composition, it would likely be problematic and I would probably try a few shots over like you said. I would rather blow away the sky and keep the other parts of the scene. Best of all though, I would get the foggy sky out of the picture and shoot the fields exclusively. This would be like using a great big softbox on the entire scene and would produce images like those in the postcards I mentioned above.

I would like the low-down wide-angle look, too. As long as you could find a position where you were at the bottom of a hill looking up into the fields. Maybe next year :) #3557


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