Waves of Grass: Dunnigan Hills, California
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I really can't explain the feeling of standing in the middle of this rolling field of grain, but I'll just say that it was something wonderful. I came home from this shoot and was really happy to have gone out. It had been raining, and the sky was clouded over, but I saw a break in the weather on the internet satellite (NOAA). If I hadn't seen that and gone out, I never would have believed that the sunset would be anything decent at all. Between Google Earth and satellite weather, the modern photographer has it easy compared to Ansel, Edward, and all the greats from the past...
The wind was blowing the grasses a bit, so I was playing around with quicker exposures and higher ISO ratings on my camera. I went back and forth, but ended up with a 2.5 second exposure at the lowest ISO when the wind took a break. The tops of the grain was sort of fuzzy, so that also contributed to the soft look of the grasses. What I liked about this particular image was that some of the grass remained fairly sharp, but the overall feel is a softer, easy one.
Flickr Explore #115 3/31/10
This is one single image, no HDR treatment.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-105L @35mm
2.5 second exposure @ F16
Lee soft ND grad .9 + .75 filters