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Prep Time


This is a series of impressions from our annual Farm Day in Michigan on August 9th.

Before the extended family arrived, the farm was all spruced up!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]



Prep Time


This is a series of impressions from our annual Farm Day in Michigan on August 9th.

Before the extended family arrived, the farm was all spruced up!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]



comments (39)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2008, 00:18
Love the composition..and the juxtaposition of the metal ladder against natures's tree. Excellent processing. Looking forward to seeing the rest in this series...
Ginnie Hart: It was a magical juxtaposition for me, Marcie. Thanks for noticing it!
  • Ada
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2008, 00:28
Looks alive Ginnie. I went to boarding school and we always used to have prep time at 4pm. Prep time for us was sitting still in class and doing tons of homework...brutal!
Ginnie Hart: UGH! I bet you would have given anything to prune a few trees instead, Ada! smile Thanks for that lovely "vision."
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Aug 2008, 00:38
There's gotta be lots of macro-opportunities in this gorgeous garden, Ginnie.

Impeccable composition here.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Ray. You would have had a heyday! smile Thanks.
  • Rian
  • Alabama
  • 25 Aug 2008, 01:50
lawn mowing seems like a big chore, but seeing this, i'd imagine it'd be much more trouble.. lol.. nice shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: Different, maybe, Rian? I think it would be fun to prune the branches, don't you?? smile Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • In Amsterdam
  • 25 Aug 2008, 03:58
Lovely image and processing Ginnie. Can't wait until tomorrow, looking forward to seeing you in person.
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Aussie. We will have a great time together. YAAAY! Be there or be square, as they say! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Aug 2008, 04:42
....brede glimlach hier.....Ginnie, you are one of the few who can take a picture from 'nothing' and turn it into something beautiful.
Please don't feel offended, I mean this positive.
The pp is so you, so beautiful.
'Prep-time' this is one word I can add to my vocabulary.....grin
Een geweldige foto van een simpele trap.
Ginnie Hart: You could/would have done the same thing, Ms. Astrid! You touch things and they turn to gold, as we've all noticed. I'm eager for when you will do that yet again...when you are able! Ontzettend bedankt, altijd!
  • FLOOG
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2008, 05:27
As always, thoughtful and so beautifully processed. Composition and choice of subtle tone is perfect
Ginnie Hart: As always, as always, to you, too, dear Paul. Thanks.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2008, 05:45
This should be funsmile
Ginnie Hart: I could spend the rest of the year on Farm Day alone, Sherri. grin
I've been doing this sort of thing too Ginnie: nice shot
Ginnie Hart: This sort of thing, Chris? Do I assume correctly you mean pruning? I guess it IS that time of the year. I need to do it when I get home to Atlanta this week!
wow! les tons utilisés sont très beau, cela donne beaucoup de profondeur à la photo.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, O-P, as always!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Aug 2008, 06:58
Prep-time- a new word for me indeed, Astrid is absolutely right ("who can take..."), "the photographer has to preserve the sensitivity to take the most daily and little things", this a word of Stuart Heydinger (whose pics we now can admire in my home town)- Ginnie, you own this kind of sensitivity, mostly added by a thoughtful reflection!
Ginnie Hart: You altijd know how to make my day, dear Philine! Thank you!
Is this the farmyard equivalent of dusting?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, Bill, indeed. I'm sure of it, and I would gladly switch places. grin
Earlier had someone who rose the ladder... afterwards interrupted and gathered the dry twig from these trees was reached grass. This ladder became accentuation that was strong in this photograph, so as the ladder became POI that was strong with the composition 1/3 that was good// Regards from Yogyakarta Indonesia //
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Bram. "Farmer Don" was here and there while I took this photo...mostly there and not here. smile Thanks.
  • Camiel
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Aug 2008, 07:54
I really like the colors and the rough landscape in this one.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Camiel, for stopping by and commenting!
What were you doing up the ladder Ginnie??, I don't see any apples up that tree.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I never stepped one foot on that ladder, Sesan, but now I wish I had. It would have been a nice vantage point. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2008, 09:58
Excellent processing as always Ginnie - this is just like an open-air still life - the ladder and the branches carelessly tossed on the ground evidence of man's presence in nature.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Open-air still life. I really like that, Ingrid. Yes, I think you're right. smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 Aug 2008, 10:10
Great stuff Ginnie how big is the Farm?
Ginnie Hart: I want to say 5 acres, Vintage. Plenty of space to roam around and to spruce things up! smile
Where is the tree pruner?
Whisked away by an alien space craft perhaps?
Excellent shot, and wonderful processing as usual.
Ginnie Hart: The tree pruner was here and there and everywhere, Pat, all day long, getting things ready for the tribe descending the next day! Thanks. smile
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2008, 10:48
I like the desaturated look, its quite a mysterious shot, I'm looking for clues as to where the person is...further up the tree maybe.
Ginnie Hart: Well, not up the tree, Padraig, but off doing something, I'm sure. There was so much to be done!
Is this spruce, Ginnie. lol. I would leave it and get the guests to tidy up if it were me.
Ginnie Hart: LOL, indeed, Chad. I like your sense of humor. smile
Lovely tonalities of green here and that's sharp as well... have you disappeared into the air ? smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! No, Flo. I always stayed on terra firma. smile
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Aug 2008, 12:14
great catch
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
That nice effect again Ginnie that you know I like, I guess the man has gone of for a coffee break or something. Enjoy your lunch with Aussie tomorrow.
Ginnie Hart: I have no idea where he went, Brian. I have other images that he was in, so I don't know why he wasn't in this one. I do look forward to meeting Aussie tomorrow, for sure. smile
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2008, 12:46
It's a lovely composition. I asked Don to let this side of the yard grow without mowing this year. And this poor Scotch pine died, I was very sad as it was my favorite on the property. And you know, they cut rounds for coasters - that never got painted!
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhhh. I didn't know the story, Ruth. sad But yes, I did know the coasters never got painted. Maybe that will be for Farm Camp next year! smile
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2008, 13:22
Great farm shots. I love the green tones. My favorite is the butterfly but they all tell a story about the farm.
Ginnie Hart: There is definitely a story with every shot, Beth, you're right. Thanks.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 25 Aug 2008, 13:50
Hi Ginnie .. looks like hard work. Very crisp capture .. well done
Ginnie Hart: Hard, fun work, Klaus. Always something that has to be done, I'm sure. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Aug 2008, 14:01
Sprucing up for the visitors and even outdoors. Some women (I will not divulge the relationship in public) are always cleaning like mad just before we go on holiday. Must be to make it easy for thieves in the event they pay a visit.

Great composition - this one needs a Kay on top.
Ginnie Hart: HA! There's nothing worse than coming home after vacation and having to clean up. Better do it beforehand, Louis. grin

I bet Kay would have a heyday with most of my images!! smile
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 25 Aug 2008, 15:50
always a fan of your soft-toned processing of photos. this one is really nice Ginnie. grin
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Claire. That's very kind of you.
  • mary
  • 25 Aug 2008, 17:56
Oh, I love all the tones and textures in this. That tall grass in the background is just beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh. Thank you, Mary. smile
You have a talent to make ordinary things look great. I don't think I would have taken a photo here. But gladly you did!
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Julie! Thank you.
  • P.J.
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2008, 18:46
Did you come down off the ladder just to take this photo? smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Now I wish I had actually gone up, PJ. grin
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 25 Aug 2008, 19:21
I think the person that did this should clean up the mess on the ground instead of just leaving............smile
I like the muted colors
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Magnus. grin Thanks.
  • zohre
  • UAE
  • 25 Aug 2008, 20:10
Beautiful as always. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Zohre.
Surreal! The mind almost wants to put a figure in the shot. smile
Ginnie Hart: I think he was there, Alex, and suddenly had to leave to go fetch something! smile Thanks.
lovely processing gin smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
What beautiful resolution!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2008, 04:38
I love the processing in your pictures, Ginnie. The tone is quite lovely. The ladder reminds me of my Dad, who was blind but didn't let that get in his way. He used ladders, power tools, and saws. My mom nearly had a fit everytime he got up on the roof. Can you imagine???
thank you for bringing back those memories.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Kay! I have never heard of such a thing as that. Your dad must have been something else!!! Thanks for sharing that.
I like very much the color tones here again !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Zeb. When I get a minute, I'll start catching up on YOU!
It's strange looking at this with no people around....I like it though.... smile
Ginnie Hart: I know, Aksel. It seems strange to me, too. smile

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