International Incident

I was out doing some RurEx (or FarmEx as some like to call it) and came across these 2 pieces of farm equipment made by the International Farming Corporation. The trademark orange color makes them pretty easy to spot (not as easy as John Deere green though!). I had just put the baby down for a nap, so I had at least an hour to hit some of the sites on my list in Lemoore. My main goal was to shoot the Graffiti Tube from a post a few weeks ago, but as I ventured further up the road, I decided to pull over to capture these huge machines.

I strolled around with just my camera, checking out a few different comps and decided to finally grab my tripod to get some brackets. I collected my gear, threw in my headphones, and started to set up. About 3 shots into my sequence (and possibly during a wicked air guitar solo…), I felt a tap on my shoulder. When I turned around, the Deputy Sheriff was standing there! Of course he asked what I was doing on someone’s property, so I politely explained that I was just taking pictures for the blog and I hadn’t seen any signs, so I figured it was OK. To date, I haven’t had any authorities stop me from shooting, but I have found that being chatty with folks can go a long way. I told him about HDR and showed what I was doing (thus completing my bracket sequence) and he told me that his dad used to shoot medium format for fairs in the area! He ran my license and called the owner, who wanted check out what I was doing…

The issue was that the farmer who’s land I was on had a bunch of stuff stolen recently, so he called the sheriff (which is much better than coming at me with a shotgun or something). When the farmer came out to meet us, and I again explained why I was taking pictures of rusty equipment. I don’t think he really believed me when I told him “trust me, this is going to look really cool!” I’ll be dropping off a print for him this week!

(Click to view large in the light box)

Canon XSi, Tamron 17-50 2.8VC, 20mm, f/16, ISO 100, 9 exposures

California, Canon XSi, HDR, Landscape, Lemoore, RurEx, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 VCPermalink

15 Responses to International Incident

  1. Curt Fleenor says:

    Nice work Chris and a cool story!
    Curt Fleenor recently posted..Look Away

  2. Jim Denham says:

    Sounds like the situation was handled fairly! Nice job on the pic and keeping a cool head!
    Jim Denham recently posted..Warm Willows

  3. Wow your first run in with the law. :) I’m pretty sure the farmer will be quite happy with this image. Nice job.
    Chris Frailey recently posted..The Granite Dells

  4. Mike says:

    Definitely gotta send him a copy! Nice job :)
    Mike recently posted..Sunset on the Nevada desert

  5. Chris Nitz says:

    Funny that you should post a shot with combines in it. This weekend I rode by a sign advertising a combine demo derby. The things we will watch for fun ;) Your shot today gave me a nice laugh thinking about that yet again!
    Chris Nitz recently posted..Seagrave

  6. A little schmoozing goes a long way. Glad that you finished the bracket sequence sans bullet holes. Love the tall grass and sky contrast.

  7. Adam Olson says:

    Well done Chris! Love this shot!

  8. Jan Winther says:

    Excellent story, Chris. I could be fun to hear his reaction when you do hand him a print.
    Love the shot, it looks like that equipment has a few years of harvesting behind them. Great shot.
    Jan Winther recently posted..Running water

  9. Nice image and worth stopping for. I particular like the sky and the fact that its not overcooked ;-)

  10. Adam Allegro says:

    Great story! I’m sure he will love the print. Nice capture and post processing!

  11. Jason Hines says:

    Man, I just realized that I didn’t have you listed in my google reader. I’m sorry for the lack of commenting but I have the situation remedied now! I love the clouds in this shot!
    Jason Hines recently posted..The Yellow Line

  12. Great shot and funny story Chris. I know that he is going to appreciate having your image.

  13. Dave DiCello says:

    The processing on this one is out of this world, I love that sky
    Dave DiCello recently posted..Rolling with the tide

  14. Scott Wood says:

    Nice image. I love the sky. I would definitely send the owner a print. :-)
    Scott Wood recently posted..What a tease

  15. Jimi jones says:

    Nice story and great shots of the equipment!
    When the farmer sees the prints he’ll like invite you to stop by anytime.
    Nice processing.
    Jimi jones recently posted..Resting on the Rails

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