After the Harvest

After-the-HarvestCornfield, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

I was driving up Rt. 6 to Watertown when I saw this field with the line of clouds in the distance. It wasn’t till then that I was faced with the fact that Fall is here. We’ll still be able to get corn but it won’t be fresh from our local growers. It won’t have that just-picked sweetness; not until next year. It’s another way for me to mark the passage of time. Fall, bittersweet as it is, is still my favorite season.  I always look forward to it, but it also means that winter is just around the corner, and with it another birthday. Like a lot of things in life it’s a trade-off.

The leaves have just started to change and we haven’t seen the first of the leaf peepers yet, but we have had a couple of nights where there was some light frost. Pumpkins and winter squash have replaced tomatoes at the farm stands. Pretty soon apples just from the orchards will appear.

This is a five exposure stitched panorama processed in Photoshop CS4 and converted to black and white in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. I chose a mild telephoto lens to visually compress the distance between field and clouds. I could have used my widest lens and gotten the same coverage in one shot but the effect wouldn’t have been the same.


One comment on “After the Harvest

  1. Susan Reinberg says:

    Thanks for sharing your thinking and techniques along with this beautiful image (which is already more than enough)!


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