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Urban Farm

Lots of living things packed into a small plot in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lots of living things packed into a small plot in Phoenix, Arizona.
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I see "U TOOO" written in the road along the top. Lovely photo.
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thombarbour Oct 27
😂 Ha! Love it.

Behind The Lens

This image was shot at a small, urban farm in Phoenix, Arizona.
This shot was taken in the late afternoon of a very hot July. I was still adjusting to the heat after returning from Colorado, where the temperature was at least 20º cooler, a day or two before.
The lighting was the golden hour light shining across the desert.
I used a borrowed DJI Mavic Mini. This was the first time using a drone and it was slow going at first but, fortunately, the land waited patiently for me to get my bearings for the shot.
A lot of people don't think farming can be done in the desert and many small farms in Arizona successfully challenge that notion every day. I wanted to highlight the work done by one farmer to convert his land from a chicken farm to a vegetable farm in about 6 months. Standing in the field, the colors of the leaves, the soil, and layout of the space looked to be a great composition. The image ended up being used for promotion by the farm as well as the farmers market they are part of.
I did do some post processing in the form of lens correction, saturation, and spotting. The original image was also cropped to the exact border of the entire farm.
In my camera bag
I always have my Sony a7Riii body and two lenses. My favorite is the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 prime for it's ability to expand the story around subjects. I also carry a Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 telephoto zoom because a lot of my paid work is shot from a distance. Accessories include a simple light meter, extra battery and charger, remote shutter release, collapsible reflector (tucked inside an exterior panel of my backpack), grey card, and tabletop tripod.
I made sure to charge all of the drone's batteries before heading out to the farm. Since this was my first time using a drone I knew it would take a long time to figure out the shot I wanted and how to get the drone in place. It was a good thing to do because I ended up using three batteries in a relatively short period of time.

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