Summer wheat

July 31, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Driving home on I-5 a few weeks ago, we noticed how pretty the sunset was. So we started looking for a place to pull over so we take a few pictures. We found this field of still-green wheat near Salem, after wondering on backroads for about 20 minutes. These were taken on a tripod, with our 5D MkII and a 17-40mm lens. I wish I had had a graduated neutral densit filter to allow me to darken the sky and lighten the wheat in camera. Fortunately the 5D MkII has such a great dynamic range in its sensor that I was still able to get the exposure I wanted after I developed the image digitally.

For me, there is something spectacular about a wheat field. Maybe its that I love those shots of Maximus running his hand through the wheat in Gladiator, or maybe its the fact that wheat gets made into the flour that makes pastries and bread possible. Either way, I always find wheatfields fascinating, and it was fun to get to take a different view of a wheatfield rather than the classic field of gold.

 

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