Monday, July 5, 2010

Gloomy Cornfield

Gloomy Cornfield

As with most holiday weekends, I found myself having a little extra time to go shoot. The problem is that I sometimes have difficulty figuring out where to go and what to shoot. Well, one place that I've shot before are some of the old buildings in Granger, TX. Last April, the Coen Brothers decided to use Granger as a set for one of their new movies, a remake of "True Grit", called, naturally, "True Grit". I had heard about this and I also heard that Granger may try to make a tourist attraction out of the set. Now, since all of the filming has been done for months, I thought I'd go out there and take a look.

On the way there, I stopped on a little side road and took a shot of the sky over the cornfield there. As soon as I got setup it started raining. I took this one and packed everything back in to the car and proceeded on.

Well, When I got there, it looked like everything from the movie was pretty much gone. It didn't look any different from when I was there last. I imagine some of the locals could say what's from the movie and what isn't, but I couldn't tell. So, I left to find something else. I drove all over the place trying to find something interesting, but my imagination and eye for that failed me the rest of the day. So, from all of that came this shot. It's the only one I shot Saturday, but I'm OK with it.

This one use my standard processing, but I had to mask in the corn from one of the brackets because there was just too much movement from the wind.

Other settings include:

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom Lens
ISO: 200
Aperture: f11
Exposure Value: -0.7
Shutter: 1/160
Focal Length: 15mm
Mode: Aperture Priority
Tripod: Induro AB0
Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Release Cord 


  1. You really did an outstanding job capturing the color! I hear ya on finding spots we always draw a blank haha.

  2. Nice composition. And I certainly can relate to 'drawing a blank' lately.

  3. Thanks Jake and Van. I appreciate the kind words.

    I think part of the problem is when I go out to shoot, I don't really have a plan as to what I want to shoot and if I do, it sometimes falls through. On the other hand, if I try to just drive around and find something interesting, more times than not, I can't find anything. So, I'm not sure what to do about that, but I guess I need to try to get better at figuring out where to go and what to shoot instead of hoping something will just fall into my lap, so to speak.


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