Harvested Field, Ireland, 1999

SEPTEMBER 1999 – A harvested field somewhere in the middle of Ireland. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

Back in the good old days of film, there were a few, rather short, periods where I explored black-and-white photography. I took a couple of rolls of black and white film to Ireland in 1999 (Ilford FP4 and HP5) to capture some b&w photos. Real b&w photos.

I had loaded one of my two Canon AE-1 Program bodies with b&w film, and the other with color slide film. I quickly realized that this really limited me as I tended to shoot way more often with color slide film, while picking the b&w film only for a few very specific frames (and not really enthusiastic, I have to admit.) In other words: the b&w body would be resting in the bag for longer periods while the other one was working overtime.

Here is a genuine black-and-white image that works for me: After harvest, the rolls of straw rest on the field, waiting for being transported to the farm. I did not write down the exact location, but it was somewhere in the middle of Ireland, probably in Co. Kildare.

I like the high viewpoint and the reduction of the image to just the field and the traces of the tractor. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSeptember 1999
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceNegative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6694 x 4161 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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