Hay bales

I mentioned the other day that I might post some photos of hay bales. Well, here they are:

FILM - Bales

FILM - Circles, oblongs and lines

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 25 August 2019

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Harvest time

That time of year when the fields become temporarily stacked with bales of hay has come around again.

Most farms seem to produce the big cylindrical bales nowadays which, after a period of drying, are wrapped in plastic to be stored for winter feed. It’s rarer to see the traditional rectangular blocks piled up into stacks.

I did find a few of the older types though and might post a picture or two of those in the coming days, but for now, here’s a combine harvester going about its business.

FILM - Harvest

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 25 August 2019

The Riley Graves

Just to the east of the village of Eyam lie the Riley Graves. This is a small cluster of graves (six in all) surrounded by a drystone wall. Depsite the name, the graves are of the Hancocke family, who all lost their lives to the plague in between the 3rd and the 17th August 1666. The name of the graves comes from Riley’s field, which is where they are situated.

FILM - The Riley Graves

Minolta Hi-Matic G2 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 8 August 2019

Twisting track

Another picture from the lane near Eyam. I was on my way back to the start point when I took this one and the track made a short twist here. I’m not sure why – I couldn’t see anything that would physically require the bend, but who knows what might have been there in the past – either trees, or maybe different ownership of plots of land or something?

FILM - Twist in the track

Minolta Hi-Matic G2 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 8 August 2019

For once, they behaved how I wanted…

On pretty much every occasion that I attempt to take a photograph of an animal, whether wild or domesticated, they never do as I want. A perfectly composed creature will become spooked and turn away as soon as my camera appears. Even the cats we’ve had in our famly – current member included – will look straight at me until the second I raise the camera to my face. Even waist level viewfinders fail to trick them into holding a pose!

So, on the occasion of today’s featured shot, I was very happy when the white faced cow maintained its curious gaze while I made the picture. 🙂

FILM - Ghost face

Minolta Hi-Matic G2 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 8 August 2019

There and back again

A couple of photos for today’s post, so chosen because they present a pair of images depicting the same location.

They both show the same country lane featured in my image posted yesterday, but about half-a-mile or so further along it’s length. At this point, the track decends into a gentle limestone valley and the route takes on a meander. The viewpoint from both sides of the small valley were very nice, although the light had broken through a little by the time I took the second image on the way up the other side, so that one has a lighter feel.

I’m not sure if the electricity pole detracts from the scene. It probably does if it was a traditional, nostalgic rural scene I was going for, but these poles and other pieces of infrastructure are a part of the landscape these days and, while maybe not as picturesque, no less man-made than the drystone walls that criss-cross the land.

What do you think? Do these sort of objects spoil or enhance a scene?

FILM - Westbound

FILM - Eastbound

Minolta Hi-Matic G2 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 8 August 2019

A lane under a tree

A shot from a walk in the countryside near Eyam on Thursday morning. The trip was ostensibly for a recce of a location (as seen in this shot) and I took a bunch of photos on digital with the plan being, if they look ok, to come back in the autumn for an early morning picture with some colour on the tree.

I also had the Minolta Hi-Matic G2 with me as I’ve been running a roll of HP5+ through it to check it’s all ok prior to selling it on. It’s a nice little camera, but this is only the second time I’ve used it since I got it nearly three years ago, and it doesn’t really do anything that my Olympus Trip 35 doesn’t. The action on the advance lever is sweeeet though!.

I’m not sure if the battery in the camera is running low or if it’s the wrong voltage, but most of the shots came back a little underexposed. This, however, has resulted in some wonderfully gritty and atmospheric results that I’m really taken with. You will probably be seeing more of them over the coming days. 🙂

FILM - Lane beneath a tree

Minolta Hi-Matic G2 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 8 August 2019