Jumping Hay Bales in a Snowstorm

Photograph info: This photograph was taken Saturday afternoon on a two-mile hike during a heavy snowfall. I could only detect basic shapes through my fogged viewfinder but somehow managed a couple of interesting shots. In retrospect it seems like a worthwhile compositional exercise and I may use it during some classes I'm teaching this spring. :)

Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens at 24mm, ISO 400, f/3.2, 1/1000s. Curves adjustment for contrast.

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reminds me of frosted mini wheats! i love all of your photographs. they are the best!

Posted by Darla on January 12, 2009 9:51 PM

Looks like so much fun. Wonderful.

Posted by Noreen on January 12, 2009 11:19 PM

This really takes me back! Great timing! I like the mid-jump capture!

Posted by Michael on January 13, 2009 1:25 AM

This is an incredibly fun photo. Such a great moment.

Posted by Laurie on January 13, 2009 1:27 AM

So I take it that the cows in your part of the country eat round meals. The cows out here, you know, eat square ones... heh heh heh

Posted by Gator on January 13, 2009 2:08 AM

Good balance. You have captured the moment very well.

Posted by Tero on January 13, 2009 2:13 AM

like powdered sugar everywhere
deadening every sound
now guarding giant sticky buns
a watchman makes his rounds
leaping high and silently
with not a moment wasted
keep them safe keep them well
for soon they will be tasted

Thanks for sharing the treats! (And a great job by the stunt crew!)

Posted by david tinnon on January 13, 2009 2:17 AM

You captured a great moment! LOVE IT :-)

Posted by Simone on January 13, 2009 3:08 AM

Bardzo interesujÄ…ce. Excellent!!!

Posted by Kulikowski on January 13, 2009 5:36 AM

10 comments already and no one has pointed out that he looks exactly like Mega Man??

Maybe I played too much Nintendo growing up...

Posted by Anthony DiSante on January 13, 2009 7:22 AM

From bale to bale he's jumping and crossing
Leaving his fooprints in the white snowy frosting.
Fleeting moments like these
Are often difficult to seize
It's just the perfect winter's day embossing.

Posted by JPH on January 13, 2009 7:30 AM

Is this the mark II or the old 5D?
Great site!

Posted by Charles on January 13, 2009 10:07 AM

Good moment captured, I like the situation of children all over the place and snowy. The light very ok, it is not easy in these conditions.


Posted by Raul on January 13, 2009 11:25 AM

Lovely composition! Nice action captured here!

Posted by Abhijit Dharmadhikari on January 13, 2009 1:19 PM

Will your class be local, and if so, what level?

Posted by Lynette on January 13, 2009 1:55 PM

These ...big rolls (he he! I'm sorry I don't how these things are called :-) add a nice touch of color. And..yeah, very interesting composition. I also love the movement brought by the kid, especially in the middle of that frozen landscape.

Posted by Mario Jean [madoc photo] on January 13, 2009 2:34 PM

My more sincere enhorabuena by the prize and your gorgeous blog. I connect you for seguirte.


Posted by Gelfoto on January 13, 2009 3:05 PM


Posted by emillamola on January 13, 2009 5:05 PM

i like it. i wish it would snow here.

Posted by mike on January 13, 2009 6:55 PM

You make a great scene! Excellent composition.

Posted by Polydactyle on January 13, 2009 8:56 PM

What a great picture. It really makes me smile every time I look at it. Great shot!

Posted by Cassy on January 14, 2009 12:40 PM

Great capture!!

Posted by Neuroknitter on January 14, 2009 5:53 PM

excellent work !

Posted by Xavier Rey on January 14, 2009 7:38 PM

this is wonderful, Kathleen. :)

Posted by Otto K. on January 15, 2009 3:22 PM

Looks like a ton of fun! Wonderful energy in this image!!!

Posted by Marcie on January 15, 2009 3:28 PM

Thanks, everyone!

Darla: It's funny, I told my son the hay bales looked like frosted mini wheats, too, haha.

Gator: Quit ripping off Jack's material! I had him in mind when I shot this, ya know...

david tinnon & JPH: You guys are too much! How do you come up with these so fast?

Anthony DiSante: After looking up pictures of Mega Man, I concur!

Charles: Old 5D. Don't have the nerve to take the new one into a storm yet. :)

Lynette: The classes I'm teaching this spring are for specific schools and groups in different areas, and unfortunately not open to the public.

I'm considering holding local classes during the summer & fall of 2009 -- if you (or anyone else) are interested, please send an email -- info @ durhamtownship.com.

Posted by Kathleen on January 16, 2009 12:16 AM

This is a fantastic, fun image. Congrats!

Posted by LwS on January 16, 2009 3:46 AM

Kathleen, One simply opens one's self to the vibrational energy of the newly posted image, allowing it to enter the eye, flow uninterrupted through the sensory system to the visual download folder in the brain where--if unhampered--it will decompress, open, and self-transform into an Autonomic Activation Sequence file (Known to PC geeks as an "A__" file.) Next,the brain's internal "web-crawlers" sense the newly transformed "A..." file format, and promptly spool the autonomic action sequence data to the typing fingers drive, and viola, a comment is generated!

So in a special/weird way, your images use other people's brains to write their own comments. Comment variations are caused by prior brain formatting variables that are completely explained in an article I did for the NYT. They published it as a collectors edition set of matchbook covers as a promotional gimmick to build circulation among smokers. (If I remember correctly.)

......oh yeah, there's also bourbon and Coke, which appears to produce almost the same...... well, almost the same results.

Hope this clears up the "How-we-do-it" poetry question, JPH

Posted by david tinnon on January 17, 2009 10:21 PM

1. Greeting Card: We all follow different paths; some easier, some harder than others.

2. Silly: News Flash! Boy caught in giant Swiss Roll icing storm!

3. Life Lesson: Blind leaps of faith are sometimes necessary to carry us forward.

Posted by Willow on January 22, 2009 10:21 PM

Willow, I can't decide! 3 is good, but so is one, then.........

Posted by david tinnon on January 23, 2009 10:16 PM

this photo is like a painting. very delightful

Posted by smokin on March 4, 2009 11:43 AM
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