An early start

I had to be up especially early this morning and the first order of business was my coffee run to town. On the way back I was passing a number of grand old homes down by the Susquehanna and the brilliant rays of the rising sun had set this iron fence aglow. I pulled over and got out of the truck. I just scanned the twelve images recorded then to discover that they had been taken over a span of just three minutes … and then the golden quality of the illumination dissolved into something more mundane. So fleeting a moment.


14 thoughts on “An early start

  1. You should have given your readers just a detail of the image and let us make guesses again πŸ™‚ But I could hardly identify iron rods here – even after reading the post. My first idea was (no kidding): Bottles of beer – I zoomed in on the top right corner.

    • Ha! Perhaps you were thirsty when you took a look? Thanks for checking in today Elke. I hope you are finding your down-time relaxing! It was good to see your Gravatar in my comments section today. D

    • Thanks very much Steve … an indication of ‘thumbs up’ from you means much. I’ve looked at your techniques page and found it useful … now I need to find some time to sit for a bit and really think about all 25 pointers. Thanks for taking the time to compose those – I think I’ll find them all very useful. I’m entirely self-taught and eat up input of the sort you have provided. D

      • Thanks for letting me know you find those pointers useful. I drew up the list over several months by looking at the pictures I was posting and seeing what I’d been doing in taking those pictures.

        • Yes, I understand. Something in me says that a ‘good (photographic) eye’ is something you either have or don’t have. On the other hand, putting into words what those with such an eye are doing (inherently … perhaps without thinking) is valuable to those of us trying to learn how to create pleasing images. Thanks again. D

  2. Oh, my! It’s golden musical light. The inside of a piano. This one, “priceless”, as they say. I downloaded it for my wallpaper. How happy that is going to make me when I log on … thank you, Farmer, for getting up so early. I’d never have seen it. I am a night person. You show me the early hours and I love that.

    • Wow … your wallpaper … I’m honored. Is the download of high enough quality, or would you like me to send along a higher resolution version for the purpose? I’m glad to give you a glimpse into that other-side-of-day. Even when I don’t have the alarm set I seem to wake up between 4 and 5 AM … weird. I do think it’s true what they say about folks being either ‘morning’ people or ‘night’ people. Whenever I find myself awake beyond 10 PM or so, I feel really weird … kind of like I’m in the Twilight Zone. My ego thanks you George! Let me know about the hires version of the fence image. D

  3. Lovely, Dave. Our daily lives are full of moments of heart stopping, transient beauty, if we can only recognize them. I look forward all year to that first week of August when the light suddenly changes from summertime angles to autumnal ones. It happens in just the span of a few hours and I’m sure it has something to do with those days being the halfway point between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox. Still, it is one of those evaporating moments of that bring me up short and help me step outside my own skin. Thanks for sneaking up and snaring this one, the morning fence, for us.

    • Thanks … comments such as yours make the whole photoblogging-thing worthwhile. When I was a kid my mother made very sure that I was a busy-little-boy. She was convinced that I’d get in trouble if I had time on my hands. She was probably right (as you probably know from knowing me as an adult). So, my life can be described, in once sense, as a series of preoccupations … photography, saxophone, balsa wood model building, scuba diving and underwater photography, sailing, the list goes on. I recognize that in very much the same way Joanna works hard to keep me busy … and thus the camera equipment (the farm, a tractor restore) and this blog. Sometimes, when I’m gathering up my camera to take a few photos, I tell Joanna, “I’m gonna go practice my scales.” Anyway, I know it’s something to keep me busy and out of trouble, and that’s OK – but I do enjoy knowing that even the scales sound pleasant to those who will listen! [Hey … perhaps I’ve hit upon a topic for a blog post?] D

      • I like your bringing in the idea of ‘practice’ … I think that as creative people, we work all our lives to have the mental, physical, emotional and, dare I say spiritual, tools honed and ready for use when we recognize the extraordinary moment. To recognize the moment is no good if we aren’t practiced with that camera or those dyes, and cannot capture it with the skill of our hands. Well, it is good personally to recognize and be enriched, but not good for sharing and generating a more widespread recognition of that moment. When I was turning out shawl after shawl, and scarf after scarf, the practice was enormous in variations on design and color within a particular rectangle. When I had a brilliant idea, my hands, tools and materials were ready to embody it in the work. That is the true value of practicing ‘scales’. Keep working those scales, Dave, and keep posting those superb moments for us πŸ™‚

        • I’d be lost without you (and Joanna, of course). You have given me reason to persevere in the absence of an audience (again … save the two of you). I will indeed continue to work the scales, I cannot help it. Today, again on my way home from coffee, I passed a wheat field that had begun lodging a couple of weeks ago. Overnight we had more wind and rain that really put it to the crop. As I passed, the downed stalks seems to swirl and flow as if mirroring the winds that put them down. I couldn’t not stop (sorry for the construction). I only had the point-n-shoot with me but think I got some nice images nonetheless. I can’t help myself … do re me fa so la ti dodo ti la so fa me re do! How’d I do? D

  4. Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time! I was probably just turning over in bed when you shot this image!

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