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Americana 1 - Early Morning Shift

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 2 July 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

A lighthearted verse (I hope) by this American:

Beyond the corn, still young, whose leaves reflect the joyful sun;
Within the heat that rises from this crop, she endures...
In the edge of the first field stands the intrepid early morning...Watchcow....
Protecting her crops of corn and soy....
and wonderfing... "Where the hell is Martha!" (the day shift cow)
"She's late again!"...and I'm hot, ...oh boy!"
(end)

So here we are on a weekend which, when taken with yesterday's Canada Day, embraces the birthdays of two great neighbors: Canada at 144 celebrated yesterday, The United States on Monday, will celebrate her 235th birthday.

Now, the commercial side of "Americana," has become a boon to craft stores and all manner of commercial interests, selling everything from dinnerware, to baskets and craft items. But the basic concept of "Americana" also strikes me as being a genuinely sincere phenomenon when taken in a serious, historical manner. And, I think (or at least I hope), that this was the basis of the idea.......well, maybe not...after all this is a corporate state...but I digress....

Despite all of that, and as Curtis Mayfield once sang: "I Choose to Stay a Believer." So, in the coming days, I will present some images that you may find strange, in terms of their "association" with our Independance Day, but to me, they do represent the concept of Americana at least as I see it.

As for this image, this United States began primarily as an agrarian land and I can see no better way to start this series off than to feature the hot, humid, hazy facts of Summer in Farmland America...This is Western New Jersey, by the way...Not too shabbby! I hope you enjoy.

OLYMPUS E-510 1/125 second F/6.7 ISO 100 86 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Superbly beautiful Denny, and a wonderful showing of magnificent depth. Probably one
of the best images that I will have the pleasure to see today.

2 Jul 2011 7:06am

k@ from Paris, France

Denny, this is pure delight. I love the layers of greens and your wonderful light ! The clear sharp foreground and the misty soft second part work together in enchantment, really original, bravo.

2 Jul 2011 9:10am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

This is definitely an "ahhh" photo - makes me sigh in contentment - it is so peaceful, calm and beautiful - nature at its best, captured by a gifted photographer. Thank you for this lovely image to start my day. :)

2 Jul 2011 11:26am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

What a beautiful photo you have offered up to kickstart this wonderful series idea. That foreground is stunning, as is the light beyond it. I really like your take on what will be Americana as you move through the serial. It truly is an amazing country with such a storied history thus far packed into those official birthday years and the many that preceded them. The sheer variety of topography and climate, too, is mind boggling to think about. A place of mountains, deserts, rich farmlands, stunning coastal regions, everglades and bayous... and on and on. I look forward to what you will share!

2 Jul 2011 11:38am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderfully crafted image Denny! I am definitely looking forward to your series of impressions of Americana! ;-)

2 Jul 2011 12:53pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

gorgeous light !

2 Jul 2011 12:57pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

A five star morning; awesome DOF...5*****

2 Jul 2011 1:57pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great image Denny! The three layers are in perfect harmony.

2 Jul 2011 2:02pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Americana at its best ... and I look forward to more in this series. I like your light-hearted verse.
Have a safe and meaningful weekend.

2 Jul 2011 3:12pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

A very good composition and shot !

2 Jul 2011 4:44pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I like the angle and it does truly speak of Americana. I like what you wrote.

3 Jul 2011 1:06am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Beautiful shot, Denny! Just love that being up close and personal with that grass and seeing the landscape as it recedes into the background. Well done!

3 Jul 2011 2:06am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

How fitting as we approach Independence Day.

3 Jul 2011 2:46am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It definitely looks to be knee high. Cool shot.

3 Jul 2011 2:50am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

That is just an excellent focus! I love the layers of green. Really well done!

3 Jul 2011 4:47am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice

3 Jul 2011 7:30am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Nice pic!

4 Jul 2011 8:27am

franz from Baden, Austria

what an apt start to your series, denny! this IS very american, and thankfully it can still be seen in many places ... (waiting for more to come!)

4 Jul 2011 9:09pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Magnificent atmosphere of summer time in the corn belt.

5 Jul 2011 8:30pm

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

What a wonderful photo. I love the hazy light and the GREEN everywhere. I also like the variety of layers in the composition. Very nicely done!

8 Jul 2011 12:12am

OLYMPUS E-510
1/125 second
F/6.7
ISO 100
86 mm

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