glorious golden fields
This scene of a canola field beneath a beautiful azure summer sky greets you as you drive through Northumberland on your way to the Scottish border. As you approach the town of Coldstream, you pass a series of hills to your right which have varying crops draped across them throughout the year. In the late Spring of 2023 they were resplendent with rapeseed.
A2 – (Printed Area – 544mm x 340mm)
A3 – (Printed Area – 380mm x 237mm)
a golden opportunity
When I first drove past these hills in late 2021, I immediately saw what a great shot they would make. The farmer had wheat planted at the time and my first thought was how great the scene would look covered in snow; it would make an amazing monochrome print.
Fast forward roughly 18 months and the farmer had rapeseed planted, turning the whole landscape into a glorious, blinding yellow. The sky above was a gorgeous, pristine blue and the colours of sky and landscape complimented each other perfectly. It was a scene I just simply had to capture both for its natural beauty and its minimilism.
Again, I chose a 50mm focal length to give the viewer that sense of intimacy, set against a realistic sense of how vast these fields actually were and how far across the hills the canola stretched. The dip in the landscape is another naturally occuring, serendipitous touch and I'm quite amused by the symmetry between the mounds - they almost look Photoshopped.
- Canon R6 + Canon L Series 24 - 105 IS USM @ 50mm | f/8 | 1/100 sec | ISO100
- Fotospeed Photo Smooth Pearl 290
- Fotospeed Natural Soft Textured Birght White 315