Long After Harvest

Long after harvest on what is typically a busy farm, there is silence as the wind blows around the dusting of snow that has fallen during the overnight. It's a cold and cloudy day, no mid-winter sunrise on this morning. Only the rustling of  the  closely cut wheat that was harvested months ago. But there is something to be said about barns on a farm and the peaceful scenes they present. Perhaps that is why I am always on the lookout for them.

Long After Harvest
Long After Harvest

I encountered this scene while out driving on an 18 degree (F) morning. The wind had howled all night long and it seemed the world was empty as everyone must have decided to stay indoors. The only individuals in the area were a few ice fisherman who were shoveling off a portion of a nearby by lake so they could bore a hole or two.

Processing

This began as a 3-shot bracket, which I decided to simply stack in Photoshop CS6. As photographers we often see one vision in the field and even on the camera's display, only to see something totally different when uploaded to the computer.

The sky was a dingy shade of gray with clouds rendered it a distraction of sorts to the entire image. One of those strange nature things I guess. After applying a mask to the zero exposure, I then brightened the sky for a cleaner look. That seemed to change everything.

Before closing out, we share this black & white conversion with you.

Long After Harvest
Long After Harvest

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM