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This old tractor has seen better days...
I was wondering if it would ever get a chance to work those fields once again. Taken at a farm in Hood River, Or...
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This old tractor has seen better days...
I was wondering if it would ever get a chance to work those fields once again. Taken at a farm in Hood River, Oregon.
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11 Comments | Report
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta March 28, 2015
Beautiful image. Congratulations on being Featured.
Remraf
 
Remraf March 28, 2015
Great shot!
fotogalmexican PRO
 
fotogalmexican March 28, 2015
nice
iceman2
 
iceman2 March 28, 2015
Beautiful image!Congrats
catini
 
catini March 28, 2015
Great composition, congrats on your feature!
Sanmi
 
Sanmi April 05, 2015
Nice shot
prichardbsmith
 
prichardbsmith June 07, 2015
I think I am correct in saying that this is an Allis Chalmers. It is a stunning shot.
mcjadick
 
mcjadick July 12, 2015
You captured great drama in this phototure between the peaceful normalcy of the tractor beside the corn field and tension caused by the looming possibility of a big storm suggested by the amassing clouds above.
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gappman August 10, 2015
Thank you for the wonderful feedback everyone!
sws49er
 
sws49er September 01, 2015
Awesome shot!
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gappman September 20, 2015
Thank you!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo November 11, 2015
Congrats on being a Finalist, Gary!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at a farm in Hood River, Oregon. I found out not long after I shot it that the farm had closed for business. I was lucky to get the shot when I did.
Time
It was mid-day when i took the shot and the skies were perfect, foreboding and the clouds seemed to have made a great painting for me to capture.
Lighting
I'm an available light shooter and beg for conditions like this. Not only was the amount of neutral light perfect, but the clouds gave a unique color and hue to the rest of the shot and contrasted well with the color of the corn.
Equipment
I shot this with a Sony A850 camera and a Zeiss 16-35mm lens. I do as much hand-held work as I can because I find tripods to be cumbersome at times.
Inspiration
Lines, patterns, colors and the fact that the tractor seemed to have been tortured. Tortured because it's obviously out of commission and would love to be out in that field doing its job. The irony of being placed there with its field of operation right in front but no way to ever operate again seemed sad to me.
Editing
Believe it or not, this is not an HDR photo. I did not bracket. This is a single image edited in Lightroom. I used simple contrast, shadow and clarity adjustments to achieve the final version.
In my camera bag
I have my Sony A7II, A850 camera body, Sigma 70-200APO, Zeiss 16-35mm and a nifty fifty Minolta lens that seems to still work great. A Trigger Trap, some filters I never use and spare batteries galore.
Feedback
Composition is more important than anything. Some will argue that lighting is the most important but I disagree. There are many ways to compensate for the lack of lighting or lighting that is too bright. I see so many photographers not getting the composition right and simply wasting the shot. It may be a lack of vision, or a lack of training or experience, but the first thing that needs to be established is how you're going to frame your shot. Select the correct lens, get your shot framed, and you won't need to machine gun the shutter to get that perfect shot. I started with film 30 years ago and had to be very careful about wasting film. Be selective in your subject and compose that image correctly. The rest will fall into place.

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