Mark_Mascilli
Mark_Mascilli

Golden Harvest



After the autumn harvest

After the autumn harvest
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in a hay field next to the S. Canadian river. It's a favorite place of mine to shoot due to the diverse landscape in such a small area; rolling hills, mesas, flood plains, and more!
Time
It was shot a little before the Golden hour due to the cloud line on the horizon. I knew the sun would be obscured once it passed that line, so I waited until it just reached the edge. The Golden light it produced was amazing!
Lighting
The golden color of the sunset just enhanced the gold color of the hay giving it a beautiful glow.
Equipment
I shot this with a Canon 6D Mk II and a 24-105mm f/4 L lens at 24mm. I use an older, quite heavy Velbon tripod to keep my camera stable in the Oklahoma wind; I'll sometimes have to shoot in a 50 kph wind!
Inspiration
The golden color of the field along with the gold sunlight, the distant hills, the low clouds on the horizon all came together to create an idyllic country farm scene - a perfect representation of Oklahoma!
Editing
In this instance I blended 2 shots for correct exposure, one for the sky and one for the fields. Other than cleaning up a few distractions on the lower right side, some select dodging and burning in the foreground, slight sharpening, and light vignette, no heavy editing was needed.
In my camera bag
I always have my 24-105mm with me; it's my go-to lens for most if my shots. But I'll also take my 150-600mm Sigma because the opportunity to shoot wildlife always presents itself in the countryside!
Feedback
Scouting your locations are key to a good composition, but knowing the seasons and when things like harvesting, etc happens is important as well. The bales in this field were gone 3 days after this was taken, so don't assume the shot will be there later!

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