Dust as a Creative Element in Your Images

 

Light Filters through Dust and Chaff - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

Light Filters through Dust and Chaff - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

A week or so ago, I posted about being careful while shooting the harvest because of the extreme dust. I suggested protecting your gear with rain covers.

 

Dust surrounds Truck - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

Dust surrounds Truck - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

Last night I had the privilege of shooting the wheat harvest in the Palouse again. This time after protecting my gear, I decided to use the dust that literally fills the air at times as an element to enhance my images. By using the dust in the image a more complete story of the harvest is told. After all, this is dry land farming with no irrigation and dust is very prevalent.

 

 

Combine Silhouette at Sunset - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

Combine Silhouette at Sunset - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

 By planning for the dust it can emphasize the conditions of the field and also give some substance to the lighting conditions. Remember if used with some forethought dust may become your friend.

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