Jakey Planting Corn Before Sunset


This photograph was taken last Thursday night around 7:00 p.m. I was in this field for about 90 minutes and the sun was hiding behind a big bank of clouds the whole time. Just as I was about to call it a day, the sun re-appeared in all its glory, casting a bright golden light on everything for about ten minutes. Worth waiting for. :)

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens with circular polarizer at 24mm, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/250s and aperture f/7.1. Basic curves adjustments, slight color balancing.

Thanks for dropping by Durham Township!



Much better! I like this photo. Especially the brighness of the left side and the deep sadows of the right.

Much better than yesterdays.


Posted by Reza on May 8, 2006 11:17 PM

Beautiful shot! You've really captured the essence of rural America here.

Posted by Timothy Gray on May 8, 2006 11:18 PM

Nice shot! The light is beautiful and the clouds are perfect.

Posted by Justin Gallagher on May 8, 2006 11:39 PM

Love the golden tones. I'm so glad you waited. The sky is also incredible.

Posted by laanba on May 8, 2006 11:45 PM

Fabulous color and lighting. I'm glad you waited those few extra minutes. What a gorgeous shot.

Posted by Laurie on May 8, 2006 11:54 PM

Again these beautiful golden brown color tones! :-) The kind you color your images is really your personal brand.

Posted by KPK on May 9, 2006 2:21 AM

fantastic! on of my favorites of yours...

Posted by NoWords on May 9, 2006 3:01 AM

Beautiful sky as always. Nice warm tones, and great perspective.

Posted by thukai on May 9, 2006 5:03 AM

As always a very stunning shot of a equal landscape. It's well balanced between the field and sky in a vertical line.

Posted by eterisk on May 9, 2006 8:00 AM

beautiful motif and spectacular sky. take care

Posted by bruno on May 9, 2006 8:15 AM

there is a beautiful contrast between the deep blue sky and the golden field. i also like the way you have captured the patterns on the field.

Posted by armeen on May 9, 2006 9:44 AM

Absolutely stunning! Such a wonderful time of year as well.

Posted by micki on May 9, 2006 11:25 AM

Just awesome!

Posted by Ashish Sidapara on May 9, 2006 12:02 PM


Posted by Barbara on May 9, 2006 1:30 PM

The blue of the sky is incredible. It looks like you can see right through the atmosphere and into space. I half expect to see stars at the very top. Gorgeous.

Posted by greta on May 9, 2006 1:41 PM

The sky is amazing; I love how it seems to change.

Posted by jane on May 9, 2006 2:07 PM

Wow! I just came across your site today as a photobloggies winner. You have truly awesome vision and prove that a great photo can be made almost everywhere. You are an inspiration to many of us. I work as a photographer and am forcing myself, through my blog, to take more photos for me, recapturing the passion that brought me to this lifestyle in the first place. Shoot On, Kathleen!
-Brian Mc

Posted by Brian McLernon on May 9, 2006 3:54 PM

This is some wonderful light! The sky and the couds complete this shot...Lovely!

Posted by Renato on May 9, 2006 4:00 PM

Incredible sky! Just perfect. Love the light on the tracks in the field.

Posted by Gavin on May 9, 2006 5:05 PM

Beautiful blue in the sky. Love the split of sky and cloud.

Posted by cathy on May 9, 2006 5:38 PM

This landscape is glorious, specially the clouds. Is it due to the polarizer filter?

Posted by Luisa on May 9, 2006 6:06 PM

I love that shot. What makes that special is really the gold on the fild and the blue sky. Fascinating.

Posted by Martin on May 9, 2006 7:05 PM

Hi,I come from china,I like your photo very much.I visited your website everyday,I'm your fans:)

Posted by YangHaizhong on May 9, 2006 8:38 PM

Well worth the wait! Yet another brilliant shot Kathleen - what's it like living in a postcard? ;-)

Posted by Stephen on May 10, 2006 8:43 AM

Stunning colors as usual. A moment worth waiting for...

Posted by chiara on May 10, 2006 2:19 PM

Outstanding colors and clouds!

Posted by sil on May 10, 2006 7:33 PM

You take the most wonderful shots of your town.... I love the colours and patterns on this one.

Bravo Kathleen!

Posted by bcw on May 11, 2006 12:00 AM

Another Magical Sky (AMS) Thanks for the field work.

Posted by david Tinnon on May 11, 2006 4:57 PM

Thanks, everyone! Responding to questions:

Luisa: Yes, the circular polarizer creates that shift of color/tonality in the sky. It's fun to work with although sometimes you get results you don't expect! :)

Stephen: Interesting question! I made a choice to live here because I love being surrounded by fields, forests and farms, and I try through my photography to show how important those spaces and places are to the spirit of the human being.

Although it may look like a postcard here, it's a very real place, constantly being threatened by development and urban sprawl. I believe farmers have a right to sell their land, of course, but I believe the citizens can do a better job of raising money to buy the land as open space.

Anyway... just wanted to make the point that postcards scenes can disappear. We can't take those views for granted anymore.

Posted by Kathleen on May 14, 2006 7:05 AM


Posted by LwS on May 14, 2006 7:29 AM

What a beautiful sky.

Posted by Emmel on May 15, 2006 3:13 PM

Great shot, (as always) from a longtime fan.

Regarding "living in a postcard", I have to tell all the viewers that while Durham is a nice area, it really takes an eye and considerable talent to make it look the way Kathleen seems to do on a regular basis. I travel up to this area alot for painting, and while its pretty country, believe me, these scenes dont just fall into one's lap. Kathleen seems to be one of those people that could make any place (yes, even where you live) look magical.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by Jeff on May 15, 2006 4:37 PM

That is absolutely gorgeous.

Posted by Helenk on May 16, 2006 10:45 AM

gorgeous image.. love the dust.. the reds, blues.. saturation :) great ..

Posted by tad on July 1, 2006 12:08 PM
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