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Agriculture - Working the Land by Ally Green

July 2024 - Agriculture - Working the Land

July 2024 - Ally Green


About the Image(s)

In Argentina in Valley del Uco (near Mendoza which is the wine industry region) we stayed at this lovely hotel which had a wonderful garden full of vegetables and fruits for their guests to enjoy in the restaurant. These 2 gardeners were very friendly despite my lack of Spanish and let me take a few candid shots with the Andes as the backdrop.

Shot with my Canon 5D Mark iv 1/640 F4 ISO200. I put it through Color-efex Prof just to make it pop a little with the Tonal Contrast and cropped in a bit.

11 comments posted

Srijan Roy Choudhury   Srijan Roy Choudhury
A lovely image. The colour contrast is really nice. The story of the image is also very clear. A humble suggestion, could this image be cropped to emphasize the workers? I'm enclosing my viewpoint with this comment. I hope you wouldn't mind.   Posted: 07/06/2024 02:51:21
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Ally Green   Ally Green
Welcome to the group Srijan! I like your crop so thank you as it really does focus more on the workers.   Posted: 07/11/2024 16:13:53

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
I like the way your photo conveys the agriculture story you described in words. The pumped-up green color looks good to me especially against that blue sky. Since the horizon cuts the image in two equal pieces, I find the white clouds at the top balance all that green land. The ploughed dirt lines lead my eye into the field and to the workers. Your story about the garden's location is a nice addition to your photo.   Posted: 07/06/2024 17:27:02
Ally Green   Ally Green
Thank you Carole!   Posted: 07/11/2024 16:14:24

Melissa Cramer Sonnen   Melissa Cramer Sonnen
Wonderful image of agriculture. The rows lead into the background, and he clouds are dipping down to meet them. The colors, although definite, are quite soft. I appreciate the pop of color in the center of the image. I also like the horizon in the center of the shot so that the shot is not sky-starved. And the workers are even dressed the part.   Posted: 07/08/2024 10:39:28
Ally Green   Ally Green
Thanks Melissa and yes lucky that the workers blended in with what they were wearing!   Posted: 07/11/2024 16:15:36

Lisa Salisbury Hackley   Lisa Salisbury Hackley
Great leading lines into and through the image. I would agree with Srijan's suggested crop. I must admit to a bias towards tighter cropping (smile). I also like the complementary colors of the gardeners' clothing.   Posted: 07/08/2024 14:05:48
Ally Green   Ally Green
Thanks Lisa and welcome to our group! I will pay more attention to my cropping styles in future so good to know.   Posted: 07/11/2024 16:16:47

Nancy Armstrong   Nancy Armstrong
Ally, there is so much to like about this photo. Lovely colors, lots of interesting detail. I like the furrows that lead me into the heart of your photo. There is that line of clouds across the top that keep me there. It's clear that it's a garden and not a field since there are so many different kinds of plants, and you've included all of that. It tells a nice story.

The only thing I would change is where the plane of focus is, it seems to be at the very front of the photo. I would try to focus about a third of the way up so that the closest man on the right is in focus. Then perhaps you could crop a little closer so that the horizon isn't so perilously close to the center of the frame.   Posted: 07/08/2024 15:58:57
Ally Green   Ally Green
Yes Nancy i think that would have been a good idea to focus about a third of the way up. I will bear that in mind for future shots for sure.   Posted: 07/11/2024 16:18:38

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Very nice. The two gardeners make this much more than a landscape. They add story and interest. Your exposure, color, composition is all perfect. I like the empty plant rows that lead the eye into the photo. It is good that the men are working, not just posing. This must have been a great trip. You shot this at f/4; perhaps a smaller f/stop would have given you more depth of field.   Posted: 07/12/2024 13:39:18


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