Picking Blackberries


This photograph was taken yesterday at a nearby fruit farm. We picked blackberries, raspberries and peaches and came home with belly aches. :)

The blackberries are the size of golfballs at this time of year!

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens at 85mm, ISO 200, 1/2000s at f/1.8. Minor curves adjustments for contrast and saturation, color balancing for tone.

Enjoy the Labor Day weekend and thank you for visiting Durham Township!



Cool bananas :-)

Best wishes,

Posted by Ian on September 2, 2006 2:20 AM

aww very cute picture and great work with the dof!

i love the calvi t shirt as well, great place

Posted by jml on September 2, 2006 6:21 AM

We will never know if he caught the berry, but we know you did. Just perfect!

Posted by floridora on September 2, 2006 9:17 AM

You get better every day. No kidding.

Posted by joe on September 2, 2006 9:42 AM

This shot is perfectly timed and I love it.

WOW! Those blackberries are HUGE! They look so good. My Grandma would have made a killer pie with those...too bad I never inheritted her talent for baking.

Posted by Laurie on September 2, 2006 10:18 AM

This one gave me a big smile. Yum, bet they were delicious.

Posted by Noreen on September 2, 2006 10:43 AM

In my day, we gently placed the berry in our mouths. It was cleaner, and much more satisfying.

Great pic.

Posted by Skinny Mike on September 2, 2006 11:14 AM

That blackberry is so perfectly captured! And it makes me hungry for blackberries.

Posted by laanba on September 2, 2006 11:50 AM

I think I spy a little "salsa red"!

Posted by Justin Gaynor on September 2, 2006 11:50 AM

Absolutely love it!

Posted by Jenn on September 2, 2006 2:29 PM

nice timing and shot.

Posted by brian on September 2, 2006 4:17 PM

How adorable! i totally love it!

Posted by PlasticTV on September 2, 2006 8:43 PM

Perfect capture of childhood bliss here! This brings back great memories of picking berries with my girls when they were this age.

Posted by micki on September 3, 2006 5:09 AM

Funny and stunning shot!

Posted by KPK on September 3, 2006 6:42 AM

I assume that every country has its own customs and traditions – in America, for example, boys paint their nails when picking blackberries ;) I love the atmosphere of the photo, so carefree and smelling of juicy summer.

Posted by Marta, Poland on September 3, 2006 8:10 AM

Perfect timing and great shot Kathleen. You're really tempting me to get the 85mm F1.2L. Sheesh.

Posted by Noor Hazmee on September 3, 2006 10:35 AM

This is just wonderful! So much to see here, and excellent timing. Love how the blackberry is the absolute eyecatcher of this picture. It just hangs there, mid air, in perfect detail. I can almost feel the fun and joy the boy is feeling :)

Posted by Arjan on September 3, 2006 12:35 PM

looks like a perfect catch! great shot.

Posted by subjektiv (kurt) on September 3, 2006 2:07 PM

Fantastic job. I love your photos. I visit this page everyday. Is a little dream.

Posted by Luis, Spain on September 3, 2006 3:56 PM

Amazing how much detail is in the berry. His shirt and boots complement his actions: 100% kid.

Posted by Robert on September 3, 2006 4:48 PM

Love the action, excellent capture!

Posted by Craig on September 3, 2006 5:17 PM

did he manage to get the blackberry in his mouth?

Posted by Jeet on September 3, 2006 11:26 PM

Thanks, everyone!

floridora and jeet: Yes, he caught that one!

Laurie: We made a pie out of the berries when we got home. Six pounds of blackberries in one pie!

Justin: You have a dangerous memory. :)

Marta: Yes, his nails are painted but I'm not sure it's a tradition here... yet. :)

Noor: Can't recommend it enough!

Posted by Kathleen on September 4, 2006 1:51 AM

This is such a wonderful shot Kathleen. I truly love your work - it's constant depth, quality and emotion is just brilliant and I find myself in total awe. Thanks for the inspiration!

Posted by LwS on September 4, 2006 3:44 AM

Oh wow, great!I love blackberries! My wife made a delicious blackberry crumble on Saturday so I can just imagine how juicy those huge berries are! Yum!

Posted by Donncha O Caoimh on September 4, 2006 1:16 PM

what a great pair of boots.

Posted by Richard on September 5, 2006 11:11 PM

fantastic DOF. amazing detail. wow.

Posted by kettlepot on September 7, 2006 10:04 AM

You are excellent at capturing the moment!

Posted by kristarella on September 9, 2006 10:13 PM

awesome shot
And I read in a review that the 85mm was not for action shots like this one. tsk tsk.

Posted by pierre on September 14, 2006 1:42 PM
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