I must admit I spent some time looking at a number of your galleries. Some really great stuff in a number of them.
I've always thought there are far too few photographers today out there documenting agriculture. Agriculture has a story to tell and good photography is a big step forward. Paul Mobley's American Farmer is the only effort I know of in recent history. In my opinion while a beautifully done book fully deserving of the awards it won it missed the mark. To me agriculture from a photographic perspective is the linkage of man (people), machine (can be a horse) and place (environment, crops/animals produced) and to an extent even time (era). The challenge in my mind is to link various of those elements in artistic and aesthetically pleasing ways that tell a story. I haven't seen a photographer yet who puts his/her mind to the whole "picture" in a body of work. Maybe when I retire... Anyway many of your pictures approach what I've in mind... But enough of the esoteric stuff I think about.
The Palouse is beautiful country and every time I go through central Washington on my way to family in north central Oregon I want to spend more time there. Great pics! It looks as though on some images you dabble a bit in HDR. Keep it up I think it a powerful tool if used well.
Easyed I totally agree with your comments about telling a story about agriculture. With time and experience I aspire to be able to do just that. Though I make my living in technology rather than agriculture I have always had an affinity for farms and farm life. I am certainly open to suggestions on what I can do with my photography to help tell the story. I am fascinated by equipment but the personal stories appeal to me as well. As an open question to all that care to toss in their 2 cents, what sort of images capture the personal stories and life on the farm the best?
Man, I see those pics from Dayton and just drool. We farm down in the Horse Heaven region of central Washington and a sub 12" rainfall (more like sub 8" this year) doesn't cut it anymore. I see that straw and only wish we had a stand like that. The last time we or any neighbor cut anything above 50bu was 1991. Gotta love the Bickleton area!
Quote:Oh and phenomenal pictures, wish I could save a few to use as my background and screen savers.
I understand the desire but I am trying to get myself established as a professional photographer specializing in agriculture and there are real costs associated with capturing the images and hosting them on the website. I have set the price for the smallest personal use download to be fairly low ($5) and that is big enough to use for screen backgrounds and screen savers. I am not saying this to try and promote sales, just to let everyone know why I don't allow free downloads and that it is an option purchase downloads if anyone is interested.
Thanks again to everyone for looking and for all the comments.