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Windswept Barley…

by on Jun.08, 2016, under Life, Photography

Another very common crop found out here in the agricultural belt of Western Australia is Barley. Tens, probably hundreds of kilometres of lovely windswept fields of lush green.

Barley is a member of the grass family and is a major cereal grain grown in temperate climates globally. It was one of the first cultivated grains, particularly in Eurasia as early as 13,000 years ago.



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/320 sec at f/8, ISO 500

Some of the fields are so pristine and perfect, all the plants perfectly the same height, the same colour and with no foreign plants or changes. A picture perfect shape of uniform colour and texture.

For me though – whilst the perfect paddocks of barley were an amazing feat of farming prowess it was these undulating fields of swishing grasses in the wind which caught my eye photographically. Just had to stop here and take a few shots from outside the car.

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.

Below is a ten (10) frame handheld stitched panorama, a lone tree in a field with interesting undulations in the green barley carpet and a lovely play of interesting light across the tops of the heads.



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 180 mm, 1/200 sec at f/8, ISO 360 x 10 Frames

I probably could have stayed out here for hours searching for that elusive composition – alas a few minutes was all I had, places to go, people to see :)…

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