"I took the long way home" said I to my bride, my Karen Sue, as I walked into the cool house after a short errand trip in the blistering heat.
I often take the long way home.
It's a way to see something different, something new, in a different light than seen before. I usually take my camera on any venture out. This time, I had the long-dormant Sigma 10-20mm ultra-wide angle lens. It used to be my favorite, and still is among the ones that I love to use. I have been exploring other lenses and have let this one, with it's wide view of the world, lay fallow too long.
The sun has been baking the land for too long. The temperatures that reach 104F (40C) have lingered in that zone for more than a week, making any activity out of doors an exercise in keeping hydrated and a lesson in ignoring the heat, if that's possible.
There have been a few clouds today, giving hope for a long-awaited break from the oppressive heat. I love clouds. So, seeing some, and the sun, heading towards the horizon, I made alternate plans for my trip back home.
This soybean field abuts corn fields and a subdivision of homes built on former farm fields. The one thing I love about this particular location, is the lack of overhead wires. A perfect setup for catching the crepuscular rays that the cloud was providing as it gave a temporary filter for the sun.
This is a 5 exposure composite that brings out the high dynamic range, or HDR, of the scene. I use Photomatix Pro software to put the different exposures into one image, showing the bright and darks that the frames captured.
The long way home proved to be a fruitful one.