Haybales & Pumpkins


This photograph was taken on Sunday afternoon at a "pick your own" farmer's market in the Lehigh Valley. About ten minutes after I took this shot there were 30 people wandering around the field looking for the "perfect" pumpkin.

Husband: "How's this?"
Wife: "Too tall."
Husband: "OK, what about this?"
Wife: "Too fat."
Husband: "Alright [grrrrroan], this is the last one I'm picking up."
Wife: "Perfect, put it in the cart."

When I first saw this scene I thought about Jasper John's painting called "Flag (Moratorium)" where he inversed the colors of the American flag. You can see the painting here:


There's a cool optical illusion that goes with the painting: If you stare at the little white dot in the center of the painting for 30 seconds, then look at a white surface or white wall, you'll see the flag as it usually appears.

I'm sure someone out there can explain what the phenomenon is called. :)

Here's a flag painted by someone named Thaw Malinart whose colors are a bit closer to the ones in my photograph:


Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens at 24mm, ISO 200, f/14, shutter 1/125s. Curves adjustments, color balancing.

Thank you for visiting Durham Township!


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