Enjoying the changing seasons of photography

June 03, 2014  •  1 Comment

It should be obvious that the same landscape scene may be different during different seasons. As a corollary to this rule; a different image will carry a different story.  It may be obvious, but I know I'm guilty of shooting a scene once and not returning, especially if I captured a photo that I'm particularly happy with.

One of my earliest photographs remains one of my favorites.  The image is of an old one-room school house in the middle of a wheat field in eastern Washington. I shot the image late in the summer of 2010 when the wheat was tall and golden.

A school house in a field of golden wheat.  The clear blue sky in the background.School House in the FieldAn abandoned one-room school house sits in a golden wheat field in open ranges of eastern Washington.

The story behind this image is part of the reason I like it so much. We drive by this school several times a year.  Driving with my son in 2010 I finally stopped to take a picture.  I originally planned to walk out into the field, put the sun to my back and shoot what I imagined would be a "better" angle for the light.  A few yards out, my son and I heard what we thought might be a rattlesnake. It was more likely the wind rustling the wheat, but would you want to chance it?  So we quickly retreated to the car. Not wanting to waste the stop I snapped a few images of the "bad" side of the building. Today it's a favorite photo of mine.

Since this photo was taken my daughter kept encouraging me to stop when the wheat is green. I finally did just a few weeks ago.  The difference in tone and mood is remarkable, and very different from the earlier image. This is a dramatic example of the seasons of photography.  Visiting the same scene at different times of the year can be a really interesting exercise.

Best of all,  this time there were no rattles.

School house 2School house 2A one room schoolhouse in a wheat field in eastern Washington.

 


Comments

Allison Sheridan(non-registered)
You're right about how different the mood of these two photos is. The second makes the school look more decrepit, and yet there's such a richness to the green it's more hopeful in some way. I still prefer the golden one, the color is fantastic and I like the view lower to the ground. Was there a difference in focal length? I notice significant difference in location of the two power poles.
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