Michael Jack  

Isolated Farm by Michael Jack

August 2020 - Isolated Farm

About the Image(s)

This was taken in the Palouse area during harvest time. I was taken by this lone farm sitting in the middle of wheat fields. It appears to be a thriving, well-cared for farmstead. Many of the farms in the Palouse area are deteriorating as consolidation of farms takes place. One farmer told me he only has a very small farm compared to others - only 1,600 acres.

Canon 5DMkIV, 1/180 sec, f16, 70-200 f2.8 L lens at 200mm, ISO 800

7 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Michael, your composition is right on. My eye when straight to the farm house. I like the way the gray on the right leads to the farm house. Detail of the tracks really gives you photo depth. Nicely done.   Posted: 08/02/2020 13:31:38

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
(Groups 47 & 66)
I've seen and taken this scene, Michael, in the spring, and enjoyed seeing the rich golden brown hues and the textures you've presented here, very nice!   Posted: 08/02/2020 14:16:55

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
First I like the sort of minimalistic effect created by the general shortness of the color scale. It almost begins to feel like a monochrome. The soft low light brings out lots of textures in the foreground that also adds to the image. I find it quite interesting how you have used the arrowhead shaped grey area to ac as a strong leading line pointing directly to the "Isolated farm" and the inclusion of the wheel tracks in the lower right helps to balance the image. I feel the crop into a pan format works quite well for this barren image. I think the single most leasing aspect of the entire image is the simplicity of it. While Mother Nature did most of the heavy lifting for this image, it was your composition that makes this work.

I realize I'm picking at nits but if I were to print this I would crop just a smidge from the top to eliminate the dark greys on the edge.

Overall, this is about my favorite shot of Palouse.
  Posted: 08/02/2020 14:58:22

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
Really nice image! Composition is great. The pano crop works great for it. It really conveys a sense of isolation.   Posted: 08/04/2020 20:03:28

George R Phile   George R Phile
Nice image. Everything leads to the farm and the panorama is really nice. I would like to see a bit more detail in the gray to the right of the farmhouse. Nice image.   Posted: 08/11/2020 10:56:19

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
Often less is more. I like the subtle tones and all the grades of shadows. Can definitely be put on the wall!   Posted: 08/12/2020 00:09:47

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
The textures and shading in themselves are a beautiful abstract, but the overall with the farm is such a wonderful plus.   Posted: 08/14/2020 15:49:34


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