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Posts from the ‘Farm’ category

Down on a farm again!

For various reasons I seem to find myself visiting local farms in our area which can offer a wealth of photographic opportunities or at the very least a photographic exercise in seeing in black and white. I do not go to these farms specifically to take photographs but I on most occasions I carry a camera and one or two lenses with me, as I never know what I will see.

Builders bags - Sindles Farm
Builders Bags

I have to say I am drawn to these locations, which offer a variety of subjects to photograph – from old buildings, untidy farmyards, farm machinery, transport and other equipment, all of which are often well used and worn or should I just say neglected and decayed.

In the space of about fifteen or twenty minutes I fired off a few shots at Sindles Farm and here are the results. They may not be to everyones tastes but they have inspired me to visit other similar locations. To me they are fascinating places to photograph and are so typical of the rural farming communities of this country.

I am trying to follow a similar workflow and style of processing for these images and indeed other ‘farm or rural’ images I may take in the future. I have always liked the square format and the subtle toning to the monochrome image I think adds a little warmth and works well for this particular type of subject. All I need now is to find a suitable photographic paper which compliments this look and I may have the makings of a project to work on in the coming months.

Broken tractor light - Sindles Farm
Broken tractor light

Door and steps - Sindles Farm
Door and steps

Steering wheel of a tractor - Sindles Farm
Steering wheel of a tractor

Staddle and tiles - Sindles Farm
Staddle and tiles

Number plate on a tractor - Sindles Farm
Number plate on a tractor

Door latch - Sindles Farm
Door latch
A previous entry on a visit to another farm can be found here

Down on the farm

We have recently acquired a cocker spaniel puppy called ‘Watson’ who is now 15 weeks old. We are taking him to training classes in a barn on a farm near to where we live. On a previous visit I noticed a couple of possible images worth taking, so at the last session I took my camera with me and took a few photos before we left. I must admit I got some strange looks from some of the other dog owners but photographers are known for taking shots of subjects which most people would simply pass by without a second look.

Hay trailer
The Hay Trailer

For those of you who read this blog regularly you will know that I very much enjoy and admire the work of Chris Tancock, who describes himself as a rural documentary photographer. Like him, I too am drawn to farms, their buildings, the machinery, the livestock and in many cases to the dereliction, where all manner of things both large and small are left lying round, probably for months if not for years. Whether or not these two images document ‘life on the farm’ I don’t know but in my opinion they do begin to tell a story.

Dog Barn parking
Dog Barn Parking

The two images in this entry were both processed using Silver Efex Pro2. In fact I created a custom preset after processing the first image which I then applied to the second shot, to give some consistency to the appearance of the two photographs. I have saved the preset as I think  it works well for this type of image and I shall certainly be taking some more shots of this type in the future. They might not be to everyones taste but they appeal to me and I think that’s what really matters.