Grain Elevator

Another thing I’m drawn to in the Palouse, are the grain elevators.  This one is a long way away when shooting from Steptoe Butte.  I had my 70-200 with 1.7x tele-extender and still had to crop the frame in half to get this particular composition.  The late light was magical, perfect for this kind of shot.  I pre-visualized a square crop when shooting this.  Its a good idea to NOT limit yourself to what the viewfinder sees.  In the old film days it was heresy to present anything other than what was shot.  Thankfully with digital, that idea is no longer valid.  Why limit yourself to what someone else decided was a good format?  The camera is already cropping the scene right?  So why not crop it further when post processing? 

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  1. Tom Singleton July 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Love this image John, the rolling hills and the lighting are wonderful. As an old Hasselblad shooter I really like the square format though it can be a challenge.

    • john8276 July 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      I too love square and yes it can be a challenge.

  2. James Milligan July 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    The grain elevator and the landscape- a perfect story. Square format,reminds me of my Rollie years and the darkroom.

  3. Dennis July 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    John, The lighting and lens compression is fantastic. And, the color!!!! It is so strong in a square crop.

  4. Vicki DeVico July 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    John, I absolutely love the stripes of rich, velvety green color in this image. The composition is perfect for the square format. A beautiful image, overall.

  5. Mary Butler July 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Lovely sensual image, I can just ‘feel’ the Palouse.

  6. James Bloodgood July 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Nice choice of lenses. I like the compression effect of the telephoto lens on the rolling hills. The deep green of the fields is very nice. The square format looks particularly nice with all the rolling lines.

    • john8276 July 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      Thanks James, I appreciate your comment.

  7. Stephan July 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Why not oval, circular or other geometrical expressions? Square works well here! I still know many and read that whatever is taken and recorded should remain true to the image… Even with cropping. Even keeping distracting elements such as power lines, fences, litter or other things that we are unable to control … that can be removed in digital post processing … which ultimately becomes thought of as “manipulated” or an “altered” image… Which is a continued topic. I will stop there with that topic!

    Your choice of crop is awesome. Absent comparison of seeing the original, I can only imagine or assume… You allow us to see your version and what spoke to you – either at the moment or in post processing. How many times do we see it all? Life is a crop!

  8. Joan Herwig July 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    John, this is a fabulous image! I love it!

  9. Dick July 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    great image, John. I absolutely love the way you keep pulling something new from this spot.

  10. Daniel Ruf July 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Beautiful blog post, John. Farm country!

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