Thursday, October 26, 2017

Reviewing Fall Photo Fun at a Farm

pumpkins photo by mbgphoto
I recently accompanied a group I volunteer as a photography mentor  to a farm for our October outing.  I was expecting the usual opportunities for photos with the pumpkins and corn maze, but was delighted to discover lots of other photo opportunities.  So when you visit a farm in the fall look past the obvious and you will discover a rich array of photo opportunities.

Old Farm Equipment

tractor photo by mbgphoto

Old Farm equipment can make some interesting photos.  Tips for good photos.
old wheel plow photo by mbgphoto
  • Watch you surroundings so that you can focus on the item you are photographing.  There can be a lot of distractions.
  • Move around to get the best angle.
  • Pay attention to the lighting.
I thought this old farm truck made an interesting photo.  There were a lot of distractions that would take away from the photo so I zoomed in on just the front of the truck.
grill of an old truck photo by mbgphoto

Farm Animals

donkey photo by mbgphoto
Don't feel you always need to get the full animal.  This donkey sticking his head through a fence tells a story.  He seems to be saying "Pet me...Pet me!"
photo by mbgphoto
Make sure you capture the eyes of the animal you are photographing.  It will make you photograph much more interesting.

Weathered Wood

Old barn doors and weathered wood can make an interesting photo.
wreath on old wood barn door photo by mbgphoto
I like the fall wreath against the weathered board.
wreath over weathered house board
 Zooming in close on an old weathered barn door can make an interesting photo.
old weathered barn door photo by mbgphoto

Corn Maze

Of course the corn maze is always a fun activity.  Taking a photo inside the maze is not always the most interesting.  Here are two different views that I found interesting. 
maze photo by mbgphoto
Here I used a 5.6 aperture to get the foreground in focus and blurring the background.
In this next photo I zoomed in close to capture a single ear of corn.
ear of corn on the stalk photo by mbgphoto

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  1. Wonderful photos, as always, Mary Beth. I found your photo tips very interesting because I am currently reading a digital photographing tips book and trying out the suggestions as I go along. Your tips about watching out for distracting backgrounds and taking photos of animals are in sections I've just covered in the book. Fascinating! I'm planning on taking lots more practice pictures to see how I do with the suggested tips (from the book and from your photography articles) to see if I can (finally) become a better photographer. Your advice and tips are always appreciated. Plus, I LOVE looking at your photos.

  2. How fabulous that you are a photography mentor! Of course, you have always been one here, but it is really cool to hear that you are so active offline too. Your tips are always so helpful and your photos are always awesome!

  3. Wonderful captures of a fall farm. I loved the old tractor and of course the donkey and goat! How lucky the folks are to have you as a mentor!

  4. your photos are lovely! really love the idea of taking photos of the various items and surroundings. I'm sure drawn to old farm items, old worn out buildings. I remember as a young girl painting landscapes that featured an old abandoned building in a field. There's something about time gone by that makes it appealing. Even current items like farm equipment, or as you indicated, corn husks, make a lovely photo - there's a beauty there

  5. Love your post and more I am thrilled to discover your blog!


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