Finally a great dump of snow! Nordic skiing in the Upper Valley

After the last couple of years of crummy snow conditions it was great getting trip of blizzards this week!

Some people are getting up tight about snow days and the high school year being extended but who cares? My son’s a senior, his graduation day is set in stone. Bring on the snow!

If you live down in Florida or some place where you don’t have snow, this next video will give you an idea of what you are missing. Sure the shoveling is tough but its good exercise.

During the blizzard I like to stay off the roads and let the snow plow crews do their work. Nothing is worse than having to pull cars out of banks and ditches when the drivers could have just stayed at home or maybe planned ahead for that gallon of milk they do desperately needed in the middle of a blizzard.

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Luckily in my neighborhood I have this great big old dairy barn to photograph. Its wooden red exterior looks great in the billowing snow storm.

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I hiked through the woods, across the road to get these shots of the old red barn in the peak of the onslaught of snow flurries. It was coming down at about two inches an hour at this point and the snow was sliding off the metal roof from the wind blasts.

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Getting up close to the barn took a bit of doing.  I had my knee high boots on but had to deal with an incredibly steep bank created by the plows and then walk through the layers of ice, six inches of crust and then the eight inches or so of powder snow.

In contrast here is what the scene looks like in the summer time.

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So God Made a Farmer – Paul Harvey

So God Made a Farmer – Paul Harvey

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker”

— so God made a Farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board”

— so God made a Farmer.

Old Cabin in the snow
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“I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild; somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies, then tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon — and mean it”

— so God made a Farmer.

Inside The Horse Barn Black And White
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God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt, and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year.’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps; who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, and then pain’n from tractor back,’ put in another seventy-two hours”

— so God made a Farmer.

Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print
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God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds, and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place

— so God made a Farmer.

Red Door Winter Barn, Windsor, Vermont
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God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark.”

It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners; somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile drive to church; somebody who would bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says that he wants to spend his life “doing what dad does”

— so God made a Farmer.

Old Tractor Black and White Square
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Farm Fresh Eggs
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Paul Harvey, ‘So God Made a Farmer Speech’ to the FFA delivered November 1978, Kansas City, MO.

Scenes from Around the Upper Valley

Upper Valley Travels

Scenes from Around the Upper Valley

A short movie with scenes from my travels around the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

New Hampshire and Vermont’s Upper Valley is surrounded by the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire and consists of many small, wonderful towns and cities.  Home to DHMC and Dartmouth College, the ninth oldest college in the country and proudly serving the Ivy League community, Hanover New Hampshire offers the hustle and bustle of an upscale-casual city with a small town feel.

The region along the Connecticut river upstream and downstream from Lebanon, New Hampshire and White River Junction, Vermont, is known locally as the “Upper Valley”. The exact definition of the region varies, but it generally is considered to extend south to Windsor, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire, and north to Bradford, Vermont, and Piermont, New Hampshire.

To buy prints, framed artwork, canvas prints, metal, prints as well as products such as tote bags, cell phone cases, throw pillows and more with photographs from the Upper Valley, visit: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

Old Train Bridge
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Red Door Winter Barn, Windsor, Vermont
Red Door Winter Barn, Windsor, Vermont
Dartmouth College in Hanvover, NH framed art.
Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH framed art.
Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print
Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print
Inside The Horse Barn Black And White
Inside The Horse Barn Black And White
Edward Fielding

Edward Fielding

Etna, NH

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I use my photography to communicate my vision of the world. My work deals with storytelling in light and shadow from the beauty, texture and shape of every day objects to wonders of the natural world. — Edward M. Fielding

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Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.

My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.

Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

In addition to fine art photography, I enjoy being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.

Many of the images featured here on Fine Art America are available for rights managed licensing for book covers and other projects from Arc Angel Images – http://tinyurl.com/aww2wzl
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All work in this gallery is the original work of Edward M. Fielding. It is for sale, copyrighted to Edward M. Fielding and, as such, is protected by US and International Copyright laws.

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Down on the Farm Fine Art

Down On The Farm

A collection of farm, rural, country living images from artist and photographer Edward M. Fielding.  Photographs and artwork taken and inspired by New England farm scenery around the Vermont and New Hampshire area known as the Upper Valley.  See the entire collection here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/farm+life

The Farm Life Collection

The Farm Life Collection includes over 250 images dealing with rural and country scenes of farm animals, barns and agricultural landscapes.

Sunset over the old red barn.
Sunset over the old red barn.

“After The Storm Passes” framed print by Edward Fielding.  Customize your print to life with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Ships within 2 – 3 business days.  Storm photographs and artwork – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/storm

 

Old Red Tractor in the Snow
Old Red Tractor in the Snow

“Old Red Tractor in the Snow” – Part of the collection of over 100 vintage tractor fine art photographs – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/tractor

Vintage Tractor Gallery – a portfolio of over 100 vintage tractor photographs and artwork

Barns, Farms, Fresh Country Air

From Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont to the backroads of Orford, NH, to walking the dog in Etna, NH, the Farm Life collection captures scenes from old family farms that still work the soil, milk the cows, tap the trees and produce fresh food for local tables.

Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print
Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print

A 100 year old barn in Ely, Vermont.  The  Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White framed print by Edward Fielding can be purchased with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Ships within 2 – 3 business days. http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/products/ely-vermont-old-wooden-silo-and-barn-black-and-white-edward-fielding-framed-print.html

Inside The Horse Barn Black And White
Inside The Horse Barn Black And White

The setting sun fills this horse barn with a beautiful warm glow. Vermont Photography by Edward M. Fielding http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/inside-the-horse-barn-black-and-white-edward-fielding.html

Press Release: New Vintage Tractors Artwork

Vintage Tractors artwork
Vintage Tractors artwork

Vintage Tractors

September 14th, 2016 – Etna, NH

New vintage tractor artwork. Photographer and visual artist Edward M. Fielding (www.edwardfielding.com) has just release a new artwork in his popular series of vintage tractor photographs, paintings and art.

Fielding says, “I now have close to 100 photographs and artworks in my Vintage Tractors portfolio. I’m a a big fan of these farming workhorses, really the most important machine on any farm. I’m especially fond of the old reliable equipment that family farmers keep in good shape. Some of restored as a piece of history and become as pampered as a classic car but I see a lot of these old tractors in use around the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire where I live.

At local fairs you can see vintage tractor clubs displaying their pride and joys but I really get excited when I see one of these beauties cutting hay in a neighbor’s field or pulling a trailer float at a local Fourth of July parade.”

The newest artwork is an acrylic painting effect created using an original photograph of a row of vintage tractors recently found on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Fielding just returned from a photography exploration of the island from its rural seaside farms and countryside to the red sand beaches and lighthouses.

This vintage tractor artwork can be purchase as a framed and matted print, metal print, canvas or printed and rolled in a tube for framing locally. Canvas prints are available all the way up to huge sofa sized 60.00″ x 33.75″ prints for maximum impact.

To see the entire collection of Vintage Tractor photographs, artwork, t-shirts, paintings and more visit – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/vintage+tractors

 

 

tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction. Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks. Agricultural implements may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanized.

New: Vermont Farm Landscape in Colored Pencil

New Vermont Farm Landscape in pencil

Vermont Farm Landscape
Vermont Farm Landscape by Edward M. Fielding

New Vermont Farm Landscape in colored pencil by Edward M. Fielding featuring the Four Corners Farm.
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All work comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee. If you don’t love it, simply return it.

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My work can be seen in homes and offices around the world as well as on the covers of bestselling novels and magazines. Over 800+ satisfied customers from this portfolio on Fine Art America and Pixels alone.
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Books in print:

‘the Quotable Westie’
‘The Last Resort – Fine art photographs of Maui, Hawaii’ by Edward M. Fielding
‘Pugs’
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Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.

My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.

Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires. And a selected artist at the juried show at the AVA Gallery, selected by Susan Strickler, Director, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH.

In addition to fine art photography, I enjoy being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.
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1899 Barn Cupola Ely, Vermont

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Barn Cupola on a 117 Year Old Barn

Vermont and indeed all of our rural areas across the country are slowly losing their historic barns.  These structures build and raised by hand (no machinery was available to do the heavy lifting), were built for use and have with stood all that nature can throw at it.  Wind, rain, snow, insects, rot, moister and just plain usage.

As family farming has declined, so has the use for these old barns and the time and expense needed keep them in shape.  In today’s world, its easier and cheaper to throw up a new barn or a modern plastic hoop or metal structure ordered from an Internet site rather than build a majestic barn with the help of your neighbors.

This old barn in Ely, Vermont has a date on it.  Way up on the cupola you can see a sign that reads 1899.  Imagine all of the things this old structure has witnessed.  The current state of the barn is abandonment.  There is still a farm around the barn but the barn its self is not used and is surrounded by overgrown vegetation.  There is even a vine growing nearly to the top of its silos.

I’ve visited this beautiful old barn over the year but on a recent trip I tried something different.  Rather than photographing the whole structure with a wide angel lens, this time I tried a 70-300 lens and worked at capturing some of the details.  I had plenty of sunshine and a sturdy tripod so I was able to shoot at f22 with a nice shutter speed of around 100.  I was really happy with the results.  The photograph of the cupola captured plenty of details and the dynamic range of the RAW file allowed me to bring out all of the texture of the old wood in post processing.

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In architecture, a cupola /ˈkjuːpələ/ is a small, most often dome-like, structure on top of a building. Often used to provide a lookout or to admit light and air, it usually crowns a larger roof or dome.

 

The word derives, via Italian, from the lower Latin cupula (classical Latin cupella from the Greek κύπελλον kupellon) “small cup” (Latin cupa) indicating a vault resembling an upside down cup.

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The cupola is a development during the Renaissance of the oculus, an ancient device found in Roman architecture, but being weatherproof was superior for the wetter climates of northern Europe.[citation needed] The chhatri, seen in Indian architecture, fits the definition of a cupola when it is used atop a larger structure.

Cupolas often appear as small buildings in their own right. They often serve as a belfry, belvedere, or roof lantern above a main roof. In other cases they may crown a spire, tower, or turret. Barns often have cupolas for ventilation.

More New England Barns

More barn photography by Edward M. Fielding

Postcards from New Hampshire

Video Postcards from New Hampshire

With summer like weather lately, I decided to strike when the skies were clear and hit the road around rural New Hampshire this week and grab some photographs and a bit of video for my stock video collection on Shutterstock as well has create some promotional videos.

The above video features some rural scenes from around the Upper Valley, White Mountains and Lakes Regions of New Hampshire.  New Hampshire doesn’t have one single feature that you can put your finger on and say “Oh that’s New Hampshire”, rather its the sum of its parts, a small but vibrant sea coast region around Portsmouth and Rye, the lakes region dominated by the large body of water known as Lake Winnipesaukee, the Upper Connecticut River Valley with Hanover, home to Dartmouth College and other compact villiage towns and the mountain region of The White Mountain National Forest.

Tucked in and around the region are small family farms, quaint country stores, covered bridges, wildlife, hiking trails, recreational trails, mountains, forests, camping, history and more.  There might not be one single thing to describe New Hampshire with but its the sum of its parts and the totality of outdoors activities you can find here.  Now wonder so many people from the congested Boston area head to New Hampshire on the weekends.  New Hampshire has room to breath in the fresh air.

My photographs and artwork from around New Hampshire and the entire New England region can be seen and purchased as prints and products at my portfolio – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/new+hampshire

Barns of Etna New Hampshire

This video presents some of the classic New England red barns you can see in Etna, New Hampshire.  Etna is the rural, laid back part of Hanover, NH and is popular with bikers, cross country skiiers, joggers and even Back Country Tours.  The Appalachian Trail runs through both downtown Hanover and rural Etna.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is approximately 2,200 miles (3,500 km)[a] long, though the precise length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina,Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

See more great barn photography and artwork here:  http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/barn

 

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Classic New England red barn in color pencil effect from an original photograph by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
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A beautiful old red barn found along Route 10 or the Dartmouth College Highway which runs along the Connecticut River on the New Hampshire side.

Tractors: How to photograph tractors with examples

Since I live in a rural area of New Hampshire, close to Vermont, tractors are common subject for me to find and photograph.  Is there a right way and a wrong way to photograph tractors?  Of course not.  Like anything related to creative arts, its up to the artist to choose how they want to portray the subject of tractors.

Examples of Tractor Photographs

Here are some examples from my portfolio of vintage tractors available for purchase as prints, framed and mated art, canvas prints, acrylic prints and more via – edward-fielding.pixels.com

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This square cropped shot of a tractor in a field gives just enough information about the scene to understand its in a field at the edge of a forest.

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This old photograph of the old retired tractor in the shed takes a traditional Ansel Adams type approach with long dynamic range and deep depth of field. While not f64 view camera type of depth of field, this shot was taken on a very sturdy tripod with a very small aperture to capture all of the detail of the scene in crisp resolution. The viewer is left to admire the fine details and all of the beautiful texture and junk around the scene. The subject is place dead center allowing the view to gaze into the middle of the symmetrical drivers seat and wheel of the tractor.

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In contrast to the previous tractor photograph, this one uses a shallow depth of field to blur out the busy background. Notice too that main focal point, the weather and rusty grill on the tractor is composed off center to add interest.

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This sunset photograph of an old John Deere tractor in a hay field uses a wide angle lens to distort the large tire nearest to the lens and add depth to the scene with the dairy barn in the background.

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A foggy morning and soft muted colors set the mood in this tractor photograph taken in Lyme, New Hampshire.

More Vintage Tractors

To see more examples of tractor photographs, follow this link: More Examples of Vintage Tractor Photographs – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/vintage+tractors
 

Amazing Examples of Sunset Photographs

Sunset Photographs by Edward M. Fielding – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/sunset
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Sunrise or sun up is the instant at which the upper edge of the Sun appears on the horizon in the morning.The term can also refer to the entire process of the Sun crossing the horizon and its accompanying atmospheric effects.

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Exposure tips for Sunset or Sunrise photos:

  • Use a tripod to better compose your shot and to allow for a variety of camera settings or to blur the water.
  • Shoot at a variety of exposures – get out of automatic mode and take control of your camera by using manual mode.  Take a reading of the light and then try various exposures.  You have plenty of time to capture a multitude of exposure settings.  There is no right or wrong exposure on a sunset to experiment!
  • Bracketing – Another technique to try to get the right exposure is ‘bracketing’ where you look at what the camera suggests you take the picture at and then take a few shots at both under and over that mark. ie if your camera says to shoot at 1/60th of a second at f/8 you would shoot off a shot at 1/60 at f/5.6 and then at f/11. In doing so you end up with a series of shots at different exposures which will all give you slightly different results and colors. Most DSLR’s and some point and shoot digital cameras have a built in bracketing feature so you don’t need to do this manually – learn how to use it!
  • Auto Exposure Lock – Another exposure trick, if you don’t have a bracketing mode or don’t feel confident in using it is if your camera has ‘auto exposure lock’ which allows you to point your camera at a darker place and lock in exposure for that spot (ie you could point it at the ground in front of you and lock in that exposure) and then reframe the picture looking at the sunset. This will mean you get a more over exposed shot.
  • Put the camera in “Daylight” white balance.  Auto White Balance will remove the warm tones of the sunset.  You can also try shooting in ‘cloudy’ or ‘shade’ which are usually used in cooler lights and tell your camera to warm things up a little.  Also shoot in RAW format so you can change the white balance settings in post processing.

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To get a silhouette, expose for the sky and not the object.  You might have to push the blacks in post processing to get totally black subjects against a sunset sky.

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Sun flares or lens flare can create an interesting look and can be enhanced in post processing.

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Locations north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle experience no sunset or sunrise on at least one day of the year, when the polar day or the polar night persists continuously for 24 hours.

Sunset creates unique atmospheric conditions such as the often intense orange and red colors of the Sun and the surrounding sky.

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Sunset or sundown, is the daily disappearance of the Sun below the western horizon as a result of Earth’s rotation.

The time of sunset is defined in astronomy as the moment when the trailing edge of the Sun’s disk disappears below the horizon. Near to the horizon, atmospheric refraction causes the ray path of light from the Sun to be distorted to such an extent that geometrically the Sun’s disk is already about one diameter below the horizon when sunset is observed.

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The spinning Earth lit by the Sun as seen from far above the North Pole. All along the terminator, the rays from the sun hit Earth horizontally, neglecting any atmospheric effects and Earth’s orbital motion.

Sunset is distinct from dusk, which is the time when the sky becomes completely dark (apart from artificial light). This occurs when the Sun is about 18 degrees below the horizon. The period between sunset and dusk is called twilight.