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Rice Paddy August 26, 2010

I drove passed the rice paddy on the way home from work and saw that they were harvesting, but I didn’t stop since I didn’t have my camera with me.  I went all the way home and decided to come back because I think a photo looks a lot prettier with people in it, especially photos of a rice paddy.

This is going into the thirteenth week of rice planting and harvesting is in full swing.  I saw her husband out there harvesting at noon time, and now the wife and her cousin in the evening.

This was taken with a Canon T2i, Aperture Priority, f/16, 1/50sec, ISO-200, Exposure bias 0, focal length 98mm, pattern metering mode.

This was taken with Aperture Priority, f/11, 1/100sec, ISO-200, Exposure bias 0, focal length 105mm, pattern metering mode.

This is her cousin, she asked me if I could take pictures of her while she was harvesting. She said that the rice is not as pretty this year.  I kind of noticed that earlier and no doubt since we didn’t have that much rain this summer.

This was taken with Aperture Priority, f/11, 1/100sec, ISO-200, Exposure bias 0, focal length 105mm, pattern metering mode.

I was wondering about the purple rice and she said that they didn’t plant that many this year, only a very small strip since her husband doesn’t like them.

This was taken with Aperture Priority, f/4, 1/200sec, ISO-200, Exposure bias 0, focal length 55mm, pattern metering mode.

This is the rice paddy closest to the road and harvesting is almost done.  She was all bundled up and it’s over 90 degree today.

This was taken with Aperture Priority, f/11, 1/40sec, ISO-200, Exposure bias 0, focal length 99mm, pattern metering mode.

Lee came with me today, and she was busy playing with the dog.

This was taken with Aperture Priority, f/20, 1/15sec, ISO-200, Exposure bias 0, focal length 24mm, pattern metering mode.

This was taken with Aperture Priority, f/20, 1/15sec, ISO-200, Exposure bias 0, focal length 50mm, pattern metering mode.


15 thoughts on “Rice Paddy August 26, 2010”

  1. Nye – are these taken in Laos or in US? A bit confuse here. I love rice fields, esp when there is a light breeze blowing across the fields. I love those in highlands where there are terraces after terraces of rice fields, with majestic mountains in the backdrop. Great photos!

    1. Hi Victor, this rice paddy is in the US, North Carolina near my work place. It belongs to my Hmong co-workers and it’s nice to be able to see this from beginning to harvest time. When I was in Laos I got to spend time at the rice paddy but not as much as I would like to and it was harvest time there also. I think the ones in Vang Vieng Laos are very pretty with the limestone mountains in the background.

    1. Hi Boonie, there are so many beautiful rice paddies in Thailand, but I’m sure part of the harvest process is replaced by modern technology by now. I love the way these ladies dress for harvest, especially the hat. 🙂

        1. Boonie, it’s that huge gap in the rich and poor in Thailand and Laos. In Japan, it’s mostly done by machine even planting the young rice.

          I’m so behind in reading blogs and I will visit your blog soon.

  2. Nye,
    Lovely post. I love the basket on their back don’t even have to explain who they are, what ethecity.
    Did you ever ask them to purchase a small amount of rice to eat how good it is to eat fresh rice!

    1. Salalao, it’s really pretty to see people working out in the field.

      I bought rice from them last year and it was really good but I don’t know if they would have any to sell this year since the crops didn’t turn out as well as last year. Here is the post.

  3. Lovely photos.

    Sad to hear the harvest won’t be as abundant this year. But the photos are still very beautiful.

    Harvesting rice can be relaxing. You just get into the zone. Except in this case, it looks really hot and humid. I probably won’t last more than five minutes out there! 🙂

    1. cambree, it’s back breaking labor and very hot and humid out there at this time of the year. I hope to get some sticky rice, but not the purple rice though since they don’t have many. What’s relaxing is the sounds of the crickets in the evening and the aroma of the rice plants.

    1. mozemoua, the rice paddy is really pretty. I need to develop the pictures and give it to her. They really liked last year’s pictures that I gave them.

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