Wheat and Dark Sky

Photograph info: We've had the cloudiest & rainiest June I can remember! "Dull as dishwater," as the British might say. "Like we moved to Seattle and no one told us," I overheard yesterday. Last week my rain gauge registered three inches of rain in one night!

The color of the wheat reminded me that the sun is still at work behind all those clouds.

Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens at f/1.2, 1/8000s, ISO 50. The very shallow DOF and resulting "blur" is all due to using this lens at f/1.2. Curves, color balancing.

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Wow, great color for a rainy day! We've had the same weather here in Utah. It's nice to have the water, but I wish it was a summer rain instead of the cold spring rain.

Posted by Marcene on June 18, 2009 8:51 AM

It's a wonder that these amber waves of grain
Can ripen with all the east coast rain.
Grab your boots and venture out,
Splash in June puddles for next may be drought!

Posted by JPH on June 18, 2009 9:02 AM

Wow. This is an amazing work. Yesterday evening I went out for some very similar shots - even if the sky has not been so dark. I did not have a look at them yet but I hope they are at least half as good as yours... P.S. There is a shot of crops on my blog too today. Maybe you could like it.

Posted by Mirko Herzner on June 18, 2009 9:04 AM

beautiful colors!

Posted by Lana on June 18, 2009 9:28 AM

Oh, beautiful!

Posted by Peter DeWitt on June 18, 2009 9:37 AM

a classic Kathleen Connally - love the colors from front to back to sky... beautifully done! Love that 1.2, baby!

Posted by Betsy Barron on June 18, 2009 10:07 AM

You're right - very shallow depth! Beautiful view and sky/land contrast helps the growing wheat stand out. I'm delighted to say us Brits have, for once, had a pretty good few weeks, with some great sun over here (cloudy today mind you). Always a pleasure to share our 'dull as dishwater' weather around!

Posted by David H-W on June 18, 2009 10:21 AM

I love it. It's almost abstract with just a touch of reality. Beautifully done.

Posted by marcus on June 18, 2009 10:34 AM

Very nice colors

Posted by Paul on June 18, 2009 10:38 AM

I love the dramatic lighting. I agree. This month certainly has been "as dull as dishwater".

Posted by Russ Devan on June 18, 2009 11:01 AM

Oh, another beauty. Kathleen, your work is singular.

Posted by Lori on June 18, 2009 12:21 PM

Man you're right. The 85mm sure is dreamy! :-)

Posted by Michael on June 18, 2009 7:28 PM

Brilliant photo!

Posted by Ed_K on June 18, 2009 11:12 PM

Wow! This absolutely blew my socks off! To take what would typically be a landscape portrait and add that razor thin depth of field is just awesome. I love the little sliver of green to give the wheat some separation. Just outstanding.

Posted by Marshall on June 19, 2009 12:51 AM

Great - I am a sucker for shallow DoF, and the here the complementary colors support well this fine scenery.

Posted by Markus Spring on June 19, 2009 1:59 AM

I love the picture. Great color and there's a great feeling to it :)

Posted by Tom on June 19, 2009 5:57 AM

What a great bokeh!

Posted by rady on June 19, 2009 6:55 AM

This is so soft and gentle. The colors are magnificent. Makes the dull weather a little easier to take.

Posted by Laurie on June 19, 2009 8:18 AM

The light is luminous here. The wheat has an almost inner glow. The softness and deep rich colors give this an almost "tone-poem-ish" feel. Your work always amazes me! Thank you.

Posted by Glen Goffin on June 19, 2009 8:20 AM

Love the soft and gentle feel against the ominously dark sky. The shallow dof is super in this image.

Posted by Dan Creighton on June 19, 2009 12:40 PM

Fantastic light and shallow dof really makes this one.

Posted by Tero on June 19, 2009 2:12 PM

Painterly. Like Van Gogh's Wheatfield, (sans the crows.) U B A R Tist.

Posted by David Tinnon on June 19, 2009 5:03 PM

Wow, that is some serious depth of field. When I first saw this, I thought you might have used the 85 f/1.2. Nicely done. Love the colors, as always.

Posted by Ryan Rahn on June 19, 2009 6:44 PM

Wow, beautiful. That's incredible depth of field right there!!

Posted by Eugene on June 19, 2009 8:55 PM

Fantastic shot. even with it being out of focus it has great mood. cheers.

Posted by photodreamz on June 19, 2009 11:01 PM

Reminds me of growing up in Oklahoma, very nice shot. Love the contrast.

Posted by Jack on June 21, 2009 12:51 PM

This is selective focus at its best! Beautiful!

Posted by edvatza on June 22, 2009 6:59 AM

Nice shot, love the colors. Oh and by the way. We just ended 26 days without rain here in Seattle and another dry spell is about to begin. It's been the best June I can remember out here. :)

Posted by Kurt on June 23, 2009 3:26 PM


Posted by PIXistenz on June 24, 2009 1:39 PM

Beautiful picture with great colors, unusual focusing but it seems to work here. Good Job!

Posted by Slim Digital Camera on June 24, 2009 3:40 PM

l love it !

Posted by laven on July 2, 2009 1:54 AM

Great focus and colours!

Posted by Wolfgang on July 4, 2009 5:04 AM

Oooh this is so delicious! Crisp, soft, smooth, contradictiary adverbs - but none the less a beautiful composition!

Posted by Kristian on July 15, 2009 3:05 AM

Uh, yeah, that's just stunning.

Posted by iheartfilm on July 17, 2009 1:18 AM

absolutely great! i like the selective focusing effect that you use here!

Posted by Ramon San Juan on July 27, 2009 9:07 PM

Lovely image!

Posted by dean Webber on July 30, 2009 1:20 AM

niiiice!! so freakin rad this shot... like a painting.

Posted by faisal on August 18, 2009 11:34 PM

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