The summer wheat harvest is going strong right now in our rural landscape. Late in the afternoon the low angle light of the setting sun sets the fields on fire with an intense glowing orange. If you have not watched a harvest operation before the front blades of the giant combines cut huge individual rows of wheat while inside the machinery separates the wheat straw from the grains. The straw is deposited into a long row behind the combine where a bailing unit, following behind, binds the straw into rectangular bales. The grains are deposited into large dump trucks that haul them to co-op silos and processing plants.
Timing photography for the harvests can be hit or miss and often it is a serendipitous occasion when the harvest, the light, and a camera in hand all combine together for a photographic opportunity. This evening I was returning in the early evening from Washington DC when I saw this harvest in the fields near Burkittsville, MD. With only a brief time left before the sun set I was able to get out to this field to catch several images with some of the most beautiful golden side light raking across the landscape. Long sinuous rows of wheat straw stretched towards the horizon and a sky of intense blue.
My recent change to an all Fuji System has proved quite fruitful. The small, compact Fuji bodies coupled with a selection of prime lenses means I am carrying my camera far more than when I was shooting with the Nikon or Sony. Within a mere minute of finding a place to park I was in the field and shooting. For me these cameras have brought a great deal of joy and fun back to my photography. All of these images were made using the Fuji XT-1 and hand-held. The X-Trans Sensor captured the beautiful quality of the light and the auto focus got it right on each attempt. The way these cameras just get out of the way of the process and allow you to quickly and easily make rapid decisions just by manipulating the Shutter Speed, ISO, or Aperture is what I have grown to love. Coupled with the tack sharp primes and film emulation modes, Fuji marries serious image quality with ease of use and fun.
Processing for these image followed my usual procedure to import the RAW + JPEG file versions into Adobe Lightroom. After some assessment the RAW files are opened into Iridient Developer where several adjustments to file are completed before exporting to Adobe Photoshop for final completion. I am finding that properly exposed files need only a minor amount of work in Iridient and Photoshop which has cut down immensely on my processing time. Thanks for stopping by today! RHC