Jakey Taking a Break from Shoveling Corn at the Bottom of a Grain Bin

Photograph info: This photograph was taken a few weeks ago as Jakey emptied one of the grain bins. In my next post I'll share a few more photos to help explain this very loud & extremely dusty process.

Camera settings and post-processing: Photographed with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L at 70mm, ISO 1000, f/2.8, shutter 1/200s. Basic S-curve for contrast.

Thank you for visiting Durham Township!

-- Kathleen



Posted by Gator on September 29, 2010 12:54 PM

Sun brightly beams through a hole overhead
Providing light for a job that a lesser man might dread.
Shovel by shovel, clear corn to the bottom of the bin,
In this dusty, dirty, corrugated can made of tin.
Out with the old, to ready for the new
Jakey accomplishes what a machine can not do.

Posted by JPH on September 29, 2010 9:08 PM

A UFO? a spaceship?
Could not imagine what this was when first viewed.
Sure glad it's Jakey.
Kathleen,you never disappoint.

Posted by Lucy on September 29, 2010 10:03 PM

I like the composition.. and a unique place to shoot :)

Posted by Navdeep on September 30, 2010 1:12 AM

I'm so happy to see more Jakey photos. You do an excellent job of teaching us about the life and work of a small farmer. Love this one.

Posted by Anita Bower on September 30, 2010 6:40 AM

this is phenomenal!

Posted by kwpang on September 30, 2010 9:54 PM

Fantastic shot Kathleen!

That beam of light is awesome....

In the midst of that dark closed-in space, Jakey is not alone!

Posted by Brian on October 1, 2010 10:08 AM

How many ways
can this fellow have fun
with a shiny new shovel
and a hole for the sun
his world is round
with a dark metal sky
corn up to his knees
and way past july
a dusty job
that's a fact
stopped to rest
shot in the back

Posted by david tinnon on October 2, 2010 2:40 AM

That is so cool, Kathleen, not a perspective that non-farmers ever get to see. The light is awesome!

Posted by Judith Polakoff on October 2, 2010 4:26 PM

Great photograph, almost a scene of a religion movie or something... Where is he looking at?

Posted by javga on October 3, 2010 5:40 AM

Excellent shot !

Posted by Laurent on October 5, 2010 9:16 AM

I really appreciate this shot. I love how the light comes in and hits the opposite end of the silo and shears down the side. I love that he is sitting because it gives incredible depth of perception. I love contrast of the soft grain against the hard metal.

Posted by Barbara on October 6, 2010 3:11 PM

Excellent shot! We rarely ever get to see actual work being done in one of these things,thanks!

Posted by Toemailer on October 7, 2010 12:56 PM

great shot!

Posted by Sázky on October 7, 2010 5:15 PM

Stunning image. Well done!

Posted by Glen Webber (NZ Wildlife Photography) on October 12, 2010 12:12 AM

I love the light in this.

Posted by Otto K. on October 13, 2010 4:37 PM

Love the comp here.
(BTW, a fellow friend and photoblogger - Julien - suggested I add you as a friend in FB. Hope you don't mind. I sent the request.

Posted by Kay on October 13, 2010 11:26 PM

Did you have in mind Harrison Ford's "Witness" film?

Posted by Luisa on October 13, 2010 11:48 PM

Luisa: I didn't. I love Peter Weir's work, though.

Posted by Kathleen on October 14, 2010 10:26 PM

Such a stunning..and unexpected beam of light! Wonderful image!

Posted by Marcie on October 16, 2010 2:35 PM

This photo is good for its own sake. But I wanted to share my thought with you that it drove home the idea that this man's life is so incredibly different than mine. I have never been inside a grain bin and cannot imagine shoveling corn all day. But I am glad that he is able to take care of that for the farm animals who count on him for their food in the winter months ahead.

Posted by Jillian on October 17, 2010 3:51 AM

such an amazing light effect here.
nicely done!

Posted by Arash on October 18, 2010 4:50 AM

what a light beam !

Posted by desfocado on October 25, 2010 8:43 PM

really like this one. the light is amazing... and the other shot of him after the job was done is just hilarious.

Posted by minimodi on October 27, 2010 6:37 AM

Somehow you made one of the crappiest farm jobs look romantic! Been there, done that job. And trust me - there's nothing romantic about that miserable backbreaking work. I love to follow your blog. It brightens my day. Thanks!

Posted by Claudia on December 6, 2010 10:10 AM

Excellent composition..

Posted by Robert on March 3, 2011 7:59 AM
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