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Hay Bales and Landscapes…

by on Jan.26, 2012, under Life, Photography

or making Hay with Landscapes…

and a Happy Australia Day to all visitors…

Our family spent a number of days at my parents house in the Shoalhaven on the South Coast of New South Wales. Whilst driving there I noticed this paddock of lush green grass strewn with these round hay bales and since it was close by to where my parents live I figured I’d go back and spend some time composing some images with the bales.

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

I took some compressed detail images with the tele – a few I liked are below…

NIKON D7000 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 112 mm, 1/500 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100


NIKON D7000 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 140 mm, 1/400 sec at f/4.8, ISO 100

It was a very cloudy overcast day but the clouds were moving reasonably quickly and away from me over the mountains – in fact it appeared that the higher cloud was moving from behind me on my right and the lower cloud was moving from behind me on my left and all converging over the mountains in the distance. I put on the Tokina 12-24 ultrawide, got in close to some bales and added the 10 stop ND filter for some really long exposures to capture what I hoped would be streaks of cloud movement converging into the distance.

I got in quite close and low to the ground to emphasize the bale

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 13 mm, 46 sec at f/16, ISO 100

Found a higher viewpoint (I setup the tripod on top of one of the bales :)) but which was still relatively close to another bale

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 13 mm, 60 sec at f/18, ISO 100

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