National Geographic in Your Own Neighborhood

I’m fascinated by the photographs I see in every issue of NG. The amazing places these photographers get to go to, and the interesting people they meet! It helps to satisfy that curiosity that drives all of us at one time or another. And what often makes me sit and stare at a photograph for many minutes is the poignancy of some of the shots. Even without reading the caption, you find your mind wandering and wondering: who are these people, what are they doing, what kind of life do they lead?

Just this past Sunday, I was invited by some friends to go strawberry picking. It sounded like fun, so not only did I go, but my gear followed me as always. I imagined many people wandering, bending down and working in the sun. I thought of the Geographic issues of war-torn countries and people sweating over their labor. I wanted to try to get a shot that reminded me of those pictures.

My 8mm fisheye lens provided just the right amount of surrealism and some digital filtering created extra contrast and muted color to bring that desired atmosphere that I see in so many NG issues. And just for fun I also decided to use my backup body, the EOS 60D, for this session.

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.


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