Hunting down those Fields of Gold

Sometimes life as a photographer can be exasperating; but ultimately rewarding if you stick to your task. The task being, in this case, finding a few more Fields of Gold (Oilseeed Rape – Brassica Napus) worth photographing before the season ends. And that end is rapidly happening in temperatures averaging 25-28C in recent days.

One learns many things as a Photographer including:

  • Always have a plan B in mind
  • Have patience – inexhaustible patience
  • Accept that your hopes and expectations will very often not match reality. Mismatches are common.

And on the subject of potential ‘mismatches’ here’s another list of scenarios you will all have experienced from time to time:

  • One based around weather, light, time of day, cloud coverage etc: what a difference those factors make.
  • A glance from a moving car that ‘Spots’ an image is seldom matched by the reality of getting out of the car and taking a proper look. Our eyes disregard the blurred foreground and other intrusive factors which when viewed more carefully from a static position ruin the image our mind has conjured up.
  • Seasonal images don’t last forever. The clue is in the word Seasonal! They develop and then go past their best and are over.

I’ve experienced all these recently. The lousy day scenario: must return on a sunny one. Those ‘Spotted’ images noted while driving, only to find on the return visit that the foreground ruins the shot. Times when I’ve wanted to stop and couldn’t find anywhere to stop for a mile and given up. And the occasions when I’ve returned for the shot 2 weeks later only to find the Yellow of the field is by then well past it’s best and now turning green.

And the final annoying point is this: because farmers rotate their crops, the yellow fields found this year after so much effort won’t be planted with Oilseed Rape next year – the search will have to start anew. Aaarrgh!

Rant over – but I anticipate that a few heads out there will be nodding in agreement. Been there, know that, got the T-shirt.

So, scattered through this text are the last of this year’s hard won images of Brassica Napus. Behind each image is a story – I won’t bore you with the details but cloning out annoying foregrounds, slithering down banks, vaulting barbed wire, mountain biking and perseverance all played their part. Not forgetting Plan B. I hope you enjoy them; and now – it’s time to move on.

But if you can’t find what you want, Photoshop is there to manufacture it for you. Yellow, Green and Blue!

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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25 Responses to Hunting down those Fields of Gold

  1. I was excited when my school took the staff on a weekend away to see the flowers bloom in China last year as I had heard a lot about them but alas weather wasn’t really on our side so didn’t get the shots I had wanted as it was too cold and wet. Still a great experience though:
    http://roryinchina.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/the-what-flowers-rape-flowers/

  2. rigmover says:

    After your last post of the Rape fields I went out to try my hand at it, and I totally agree with everything you have said in this post, thanks, great post.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much for commenting. From what you write I guess you too have found it difficult to find a field with a decent composition. In my experience they take some finding. But I’m glad my last post inspired you to go out and start looking. Keep trying!

  3. That’s what I call color! Great compositions and details here, Andy, what a fabulous post you’ve shared!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you so much Toad for that comment. It’s the colour that attracts me to these fields – blue sky, yellow field and a bit of green seem to make a great a palette of complementary colours.

  4. drawandshoot says:

    Beautiful images, I like the way you ended it! 🙂

  5. Phillip says:

    What a fantastic post Andy. I was with you every mile of the journey. I completely understand trying to return to a spot only to find that the picture perfect image doesn’t exist any longer. I thoroughly enjoyed the images. Great job.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Phillip. One has to grab these shots when you can, but life is never quite that easy or straightforward. Glad you liked the set, thanks for the comments.

  6. Marcie says:

    Such gorgeous colors. I know exactly that feeling of wishing for perfection…and then finding beauty in spite of yourself along the way. Wonderful post!

  7. Great shots, all. Really like these, Andy. We have all likely experienced some of the things you’ve listed here. 😉

    One thing I learned long ago, get the shot when it’s available, it never quite looks the same the next time. Good stuff, man.

  8. Rick says:

    These fields are so beautiful. I love the sea of yellow!

  9. ehpem says:

    Great shots! I especially like the first and last ones. We used to call that stuff rape here, and its oil rape seed oil. But, prurient North America could not handle it and now it is Canola.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for commenting. We used to call it rape too, but now it seems to be known more commonly as Oilseed Rape. The last one was just a fun doodle in Photoshop, glad you liked it

  10. What a brilliant way to describe what we as photographers go through to get “the shot.” Beautiful images here Andy.

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks for your comment Steven. It’s a hard life being a photographer sometimes! But it’s nice when we get to the image in the end

  11. oneowner says:

    Great post, Andy, and excellent photos. Truer words were never spoken.

  12. Andy, I love the first and last image! Nice work.

  13. athyfoto says:

    Hmm . . this is one of my favourite subjects, it makes a great subject to photograph. Not only does it not regularly appear but you need to hope for a half decent sky to go with it when you find a suitable field. The area between Ripon and Thirsk in North Yorkshire has some wonderful views when Rape is the crop of choice but if they don’t think it will yield the money they need then farmers, quite rightly, will plant a crop that will pay better. There is one spot that gives the illusion that the golden fields go on for miles all the way to the Cleveland Hills.

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