|Canon Beach, Oregon|
|Lone Farm, Palouse Region, Washington State|
This photo was taken from the top of Steptoe Butte, which is a quartzite island jutting out of the rolling hills. At 3,612 feet (1,101 m) in elevation it is approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) above the surrounding countryside, which makes a great vantage point for photographing the hills.
Stepetoe Butte is a favorite place for photographers to gather around sunrise and sunset. When the sun is low in the sky it creates interesting shadows and highlights, which define the contours of the rolling hills. If the same photo had been taken at mid day the contours of the land would be hard to distinguish and the photo would appear flat and two dimensional.
I made two intentional decisions when composing the photo above. First, I found a position where the sunlight was coming in from the side to maximize the contrast that defines the contours. Second, I positioned the farm in the powerpoint position defined by the rule of thirds. If the farm was dead center in this photo it would have felt static and less interesting. The fact that the barn is red in a sea of green makes us want to look at the farm first.
It may appear that everything was green but in fact, they were growing different crops that had very different colors. In this case the yellow wheat glowed in the morning sunlight.
It's amazing how beautiful something as simple as wheat fields can be. God created such stunning beauty for us to enjoy!
Now that it is August it's time to start thinking about the 2015 Calendar. I will be putting one together over the next couple months. If you have enjoyed the 2014 Calendar, please save room on your wall for next year. I will again be donating all the profit to Hope Haven Ministries in Kingsport.