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Canola Field Capture

 
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May 22, 2012 03:29 |  #1

Hi, I am taking my photography a little more seriously and hence would like to plan the setup for my annual trip to Canola Fields.
I am very much an amateur and would appreciate an ideas on the best way to capture. As it is impossible to give tips without being at the location I want to describe the scene ...
The fields run along a boring national highway so the foreground is basically non existant, the fields run off and in the distance there is a mountain range.

That is all.... what would be ideal is a gravel farm road/wooden fence/tractor and then canola fields drifting off into the distance, but no such luck ..

Here is one example of same site I took last year (they only flower for a few weeks each year so planning is crucial) ... as you can see it does NOTHING (skew horizon etc etc), I believe I have improved my shots since this photo due to loads of practice but all help/ideas welcomed


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May 26, 2012 00:18 |  #2

One thing that comes to mind is think like an abstract colorist: a mass of yellow, a mass of gray, a mass of blue. They are not things they are color masses.


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May 28, 2012 10:35 as a reply to  @ tmcman's post |  #3

If you can, try and plan your visit around early morning or late evening. While the canola field will be your main subject, try balancing this bright pop of colour against an impressive morning sky to add visual interest to the photograph.

I had a the same subject in mind a couple years ago and pretty much bolted out there one afternoon after a rainstorm. I ended up with this: Clouds and Canola (external link). It could have used a bit more rule of 3rds, but my main effort was using that pop of colour to contrast the impressive sky.

Managing more than one subject in a landscape creates a more lasting interest, in my opinion.

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May 29, 2012 07:40 |  #4

Thanks both of you ... have a few months to plan so will certainy take your advice to heart


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