Wheat in the Fields

Snap during a wander in the fields in Hertfordshire

Snap during a wander in the fields in Hertfordshire
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Behind The Lens

This was taken in a field just around the corner from a friend's home, I love going for walks around there. I'm a self-taught photographer, so each time I go for a walk, whether it is in a rural environment or a city, I like to try different styles or perspectives. It's wonderful, I get to see all the things I'd see on any given day in a new way each time.
I took this around early evening during the summer. One thing I have loved about living in Europe, in the summer it gets dark so much later but around 5 or 6 pm there is still a wonderful soft light to play with. I'd been wandering around the edges of the field and saw a small gap between the rows of wheat, tried crouching down to get the angle I wanted and ended up toppling over the first time round.
I love using natural light, I could imagine this might look more dramatic with flash or a portable light to hand. That wasn't what I was trying to do, I simply wanted to capture it as it was.
I use a Canon EOS 700D, this particular photo was taken with a 75-300mm f4-5.6 Canon lens.
Honestly, the same thing that inspires me with all of my photos.... the desire to capture moments or small details. I know it sounds like a cliché answer, but to me - they matter. We're in an age now where everything is viewed or remembered through our phones or through someone's social media status. I feel like we're missing out on a lot of smaller details and moments around us because of it.
I'd say the most post-processing I use with my photos is converting my RAW images into black and white. I adore black and white photography. I don't really have words of my own to describe why but there is a quote by Ted Grant that explains my feelings for it perfectly: “When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”
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I don't think I ever go anywhere without my camera. Feels like I have an arm or eye missing if I don't! I never bring much: my Canon EOS 700D, and 2 lenses (Canon 75-300mm f4-56 and Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6). If I do think I'll potentially go wandering into the woods or something I'll bring a tripod.
Never be afraid to photograph absolutely anything! Even the seemingly most mundane or objects or situations can come across beautifully. Most photographers I've spoken with have all said that at some point they have glanced at something and to them they are looking at the angle and light as if through their viewfinder or a picture frame - go with this instinct. It may or may not come out the way you'd like it to the first time around, but you have nothing to lose by trying.

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