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Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

Aaah. Spring at last.

Here is a rather artistic effort by Seth the Ploughman. He has just made his way round the corner with Dobbin the old Shire.
One of those views that requires you park the car now and get out the camera...



The farm bonfire. Not as spectacular as the charcoal burners in the wood shot I took 12 years ago, but there is something about smoke contre-jour that has always captured me.



Finally: Lunchbox for horses



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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

Nice too see you in the groove again Pete.

#1 for me.

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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

Here is a poser for you: Here are three pictures down the bottom of the farm. I spotted this field in preparation across the valley. (This is well into private land, but I spoke to our landlord and he has ok'd my small excursions...)

Apologies, the pictures are all rather similar.

Here we have the new farming. Bigger tractors, bigger implements and bigger fields than I remember in my youth.

Which picture is best?



(edit: Fence wire removed, Horse rotated)

or..



or....



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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

I like number 3 the tractor looks so dinky
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I like the juxtaposition of "old" and "new" in number 1.

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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

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No. 1 is too busy and my eye bounces back and forwards between the horse and tractor occasionally deviating to the trees. The fences also stop you 'getting into' the picture.
No. 2 is OK and would probably make a good picture for Farmer's Weekly. (If it did and earned money, fine.)
No. 3 I like. The curving lines of the turned soil give it more movement. I might drop the fence.
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No. 1 is too busy and my eye bounces back and forwards between the horse and tractor occasionally deviating to the trees. The fences also stop you 'getting into' the picture.
No. 2 is OK and would probably make a good picture for Farmer's Weekly. (If it did and earned money, fine.)
No. 3 I like. The curving lines of the turned soil give it more movement. I might drop the fence.
Hope I'm not being too critical.
Thanks for the comments folks.. Critical is always good :-) This was one of those grab it as best you can situations. The tractor set off soon after I arrived and I didn't have time to wait for it to do a full circuit of a giant field. I wanted to get the old-versus-new thing going with the first picture but these new electric tape fences are all over the place..

edit: I did some outrageous cloning on the first image, reversed the horse and removed the electric fence to give it a more open look. Aaah, Photoshop :-)

I quite agree about the contours - modern agriculture draws parallel lines all over the place and these can be very graphic when showing off the contours of the land. I think I prefer the 3rd shot myself, and I do wonder about the foreground fence.

All the above with the humble 40-150 kit lens, which is not bad at all in my opinion..

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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

Here is the Old Locked Shed. Right next to the playing field.

Who knows what is inside? Maybe the old mower? Last year's cricket team? Fairly soon it will have vanished under the rampaging ivy and will fade into a legend...



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Perhaps it contains Schrödinger's cat

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Mmm. You are probably right Will it be there if we unlock the door?
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Mmm. You are probably right Will it be there if we unlock the door?
And will it be dead or alive?

Perhaps you should check up on last years cricket team. I'm getting worried now.
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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

Airlift: Lots of trips to and fro adding grass to the treetop nest of twigs...



And from the sublime to - ?

Well he is only carrying one piece of grass but even so I suspect he won't get off the ground.



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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

This isn't particularly Springy, but now and then I see a picture that is just about texture.

This chunk of split tree caught my eye last week while out for a walk round the village, and I gave it the hard paper treatment under the enlarger, as it were.




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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

Some days it can feel like a long way home:



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Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Spring

I thought I heard the sound of new bells last week...

I blagged a second trip up the ladder at lunchtime to get some pictures of the church six bell set. I figure the rush to get them hung and strung is probably related to Easter fast approaching.

Anyway it was very very cramped up there and very dark. Just as well I took a flash with me, though it didn't make a big difference. Anyway - here is a top view of the steelwork and the general arrangement



and here (using hand-bounce flash*) is an underside view of a nice new bell



Plus if you endow a bell you get to name it. This one seems to be called Colin :-)



All great workmanship and starting to sound nice too.
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*That is to say flash bounced off the palm of my hand to soften the effect and mix with the dim ambient a bit...
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