I generally stick to traditional aspect ratios when processing my photos, usually 4:6 or square in fact, but from time to time I get all daring and go for an extreme crop, this is probably one of the most extreme crops I’ve ever done from a single image, but I have to say I like the results. Oh, and yes, I did have to wait a long time till the tractor spat out a bail of hay at exactly the right moment! I think I shot about 100 pictures that afternoon, and this is the only really good one from the lot.

Making Hay
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For those of you interested in such things, here are the technical details of this shot:

  • Camera: Nikon D40
  • Lens: Nikon DX AFS 55-200mm
  • Exposure: 1/640 sec
  • Focal Length: 130mm
  • Focal Ratio: F5
  • ISO: 400
  • Camera Mode: Aperture Priority
  • Exposure Compensation: -0.33