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Grapes of Wrath

Taken on an afternoon's walk in the Schwandwald (forest) above Rubigen.

 

I was testing the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens, which I hired for the weekend. A high quality, professional lens, weighing almost 1 kg.

 

Picture title inspired by John Steinbeck's famous novel:

 

The Grapes of Wrath is a novel published in 1939 and written by John Steinbeck, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

 

Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other "Okies", they sought jobs, land, dignity and a future. When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: "I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its effects]." He famously said, "I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags," and this work won a large following among the working class due to Steinbeck's sympathy to the workers' movement and his accessible prose style.

 

The Grapes of Wrath is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes due to its historical context and enduring legacy. A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was made in 1940.

[Source: Wikipedia]

 

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Aperture: f/22

Exposure time: 1/125 second

Focal length: 70 mm

ISO Speed 1000

Processed with PS CS5

 

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Taken on June 19, 2011