Tractor, Kingdom Road, Blue Hill, Maine, MMX
Despite having visited the Blue Hill area for many years, I had not explored Kingdom Road until 2010. One August morning I thought I would drive out before breakfast to see what was photogenic there. It was not long before I came upon this red tractor and green hay-bailer sitting out in a freshly cut hayfield. Not wanting to wander into the field uninvited, I mounted a 150mm telephoto on my Pentax 645n for this diptych, which would magnify the images I wanted to make. I shot the scene a few different ways, and like this pair the best. I shot the tractor image then walked a few feet to the right for the second image of the trailer. If you look at the background you will see some repetition of the plants and trees. Telephoto lenses have the property of low depth of field, which makes things in front of or behind the main subject blurred by being out of focus, which can be a disadvantage or can make the main subject of a photo pop out at the viewer. The advantage of this approach was to get the farm equipment in profile and sharp, while the background and foreground were softened, but still recognizable.