Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Coming home from a meeting recently, my eye was drawn to a newly planted cornfield.  The evening sun was backlighting the corn, lighting up the young plants and making the rich soil appear especially dark.  A couple of days later, I returned with my camera to try to capture the scene.  This proved a bit more difficult than it might seem.  The scene only worked when the sun was relatively low in the sky, which meant that I had to deal with sun glare.  In addition, because the corn extended from quite close to the camera to several hundred yards distant, I had to be mindful of depth of field.  I felt I was only partially successful in that regard.  The most distant plants were not in good focus, but perhaps the eye assumes that loss of sharpness for distant objects.  In any event, here is what I got.

This first is a "straight-on" shot looking down the rows.  It includes the horizon, even though the sky lacks interest.

The next shot, taken at an angle to the field, shows some curvature in the rows, as well as the beginnings of some greenery beyond the cultivated field.

The last two shots show even more complexity in the patterns of the rows.

This last was the most successful, I thought.



  1. Incredible Pictures of the way that farmers planted

  2. Dear Mr. Phillips, I'm trying to contact you about licensing one of your photographs for commercial use. If you could reach me at mowens@photoassist.com, I'll provide more details. Thank you so much! Michael Owens