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I’m not the only landscape photographer to nominate summer as their least favorite season of the year. But there is one aspect that always motivates me to get out, and that is hay bales. As soon as I see the first bales appear on the fields in late July I get nervous and drive around to check out possible compositions. It’s always a race against time.
Some farmers leave their bales for days or even weeks, some others collect them straight away. On a few occasions I was driving to work in the morning seeing a beautiful composition, only to find out in the evening that the farmer was quicker. Bales can serve as great foreground interest against, for example, a mountain range, or as the principal motives in a more abstract shot, as is the case in this picture. I liked the geometric line-up of the bales and waited for the sun to be in the right position to create a long shadow for more depth in the image.
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