Fave Photos – Revisiting the Past with Image No. 11

In my first year of ‘real’ photography (by ‘real’ I mean trying it as an art form rather than just my point-n-shoot tourist mentality of before) I made this image of a canola field lit by late afternoon sun under an approaching storm.

Canola under the storm - ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Canola under the storm – ©Samantha Chrysanthou

This is image number eleven in my catalogue — the eleventh photo I shot and kept that first year. There are a few compositional flaws that are obvious in hindsight, like the big ‘hole’ in the sky in the upper left and the breakdown in the pattern of dark green in the bottom of the frame (leading to another ‘hole’ of darker tones in the bottom right corner — hey, at least the two holes are counterbalanced!).

Canola under the storm - ©Samantha ChrysanthouBut it remains one of my favourite shots because it reminds me of the fields I knew growing up…those vivid yellows under brooding summer skies are quintessential rural. Sometimes it’s good to peruse through your first early attempts at photographic expression; it reminds you of where you started and the root of your efforts now. What are some of your early images that still resonate with you today?

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Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!

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  1. Fran Gallogly
    April 1, 2014

    You sure are picky, Sam. I didn’t notice the 2 holes you pointed out because the rest of the image was so striking.

    I took a shot very early in my photography progress on a trip to Peru that is still a favorite. It was of the mountain at Machu Pichu enveloped in clouds. We had gone up the hill at 6 AM and you couldn’t see anything except the tip of the mountain peeking out from the clouds. It was totally mysterious and awesome. It was just a quick snap with no forethought as to composition. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a very high end camera (about 8 Mpx) and at that time I was shooting JPEG, not RAW. But when I look back from my perspective now, I am still thrilled with it. It captures the essence of that place more than any of the standard shots advertising tours to Peru that I’ve seen.

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    • Samantha Chrysanthou
      April 2, 2014

      Yes, I am picky…occupational hazard of teaching photography! Your image and experience sound fantastic!

  2. Jeff Cruz
    April 1, 2014

    One that still resonates with me is this one I made seven years ago: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcruz/1702157015/

    P.S. I personally like the dark green in the lower right of your frame. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Samantha Chrysanthou
      April 2, 2014

      Jeff, thanks for sharing; that’s an awesome shot. And lucky!!

  3. David Evans
    April 1, 2014

    Looks good to me!

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  4. Donnie
    April 1, 2014

    Great post. There is something magical about a yellow field of Canola to behold. Especially for those of us from the southeast where the crop is not grown.

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  5. jmeyersforeman
    April 1, 2014

    it seems each time I visit your blog I learn something! I too am drawn to the yellow canola fields and dark skies I think it has something to do with contrasting colours, and partly where we come from, it looks like home! I think if you had cropped the image a little tighter to loose the light area in one corner and dark in the other that you might have lost some of the contrast that helps to give appeal to the images, but I am not sure.
    the important lesson I guess is that we review our images, to see again, more clearly what we like, so we can engage in our photography with more intention.
    lovely work as always Samantha.

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    • Samantha Chrysanthou
      April 2, 2014

      Thanks! And very interesting images from your walk in Spain on your blog!

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