Autumn is courting us at the cottage. Harvest time is here, the nights are cooler, the colours are changing, the land is preparing itself for its new winter dress.
This past weekend, I took a different road to the cottage after leaving Peterborough; Heritage Line - which runs right into Keene. As we were driving down this road, even on a heavily overcast day, I couldn't help but realize the scenes zipping by me from the road. I even commented out loud that there were some great images to be made. So, the following day, rather late in the day, I might add, I decided to head back to Heritage Line and make some images.
Even though I was shooting mid-afternoon, the constantly moving clouds gave me some great lighting and photo opportunities, providing I was willing to wait for the clouds to cast shadows on the fields. The effect was impressive enough I even recorded some video footage of the clouds passing over one soy field.
This shoot was really all about the light. I knew that without the clouds affecting the different areas to build contrast and visual interest, these scenes would not have been nearly as dynamic. The play of light vs dark, strong graphical shapes, leading lines, patterns - all worked together to help me produce some work I'm very pleased with.
Other than the visually appealing soy fields and the charming little town of Keene, another destination of interest is Harley Farms. Originally from England, Harley Farms specializes in SPCA approved techniques for raising their livestock. Harley Farms is also the filming location for the past two Subaru commercials featuring herding dogs. The Peterborough Examiner has a great story on about the farm and the commercials.
The lighting was not ideal by the time I pointed my lens at Harley, but I managed to make a few interesting images, regardless.