Rice Paddy July 22, 2011

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The last time I visited the rice paddy was June 17th, and the plants were still very young then.  My goal for this year rice planting was to update it weekly but with vacationing and having to work long hours I finally had a chance to visit the paddy again yesterday evening.  It was extremely hot and humid.  My camera lens fog up as soon as it hits the hot air, it took about 5 minutes before it starts to warm up and I could see through the viewfinder again. This is going into the ninth week of rice planting.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/13, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 17mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/13, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 17mm, evaluative metering

The aroma of the rice plants smell so nice, I wish I could load the smell in my video to share and maybe it would be something that we could do in the future.  Lee saw a 4-D movie commercial recently on TV and she asked if you could smell it too.  I thought that’s too funny, imagine sitting in a movie theater and you could smell everything in the movie.  She thought that would be so cool, and I bet it would.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/13, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/22, 1/30sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

The dragonflies are hovering over the paddy and amazingly there were no mosquitoes in sight. In the environment such as the rice paddy where there are many dragonflies, the mosquitoes don’t have a chance to survive. The dragonflies make a feast out of them.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/500sec, ISO 400, focal length 168mm, closeup cropped, evaluative metering

I didn’t see the damselfly in this image while I was shooting until I got home.  It’s so tiny, and not an easy task to focus on them, this one came out okay but I was actually focusing on the rice pods.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 154mm, evaluative metering

The purple sticky rice.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 154mm, evaluative metering

The grasshopper.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/80sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

4 thoughts on “Rice Paddy July 22, 2011

  1. This is such a lovely post, Nye, the wonderful green color of the ricefield in your amazing photo-series creates a lovely atmosphere, I wish I could smell it too!

    • Thanks truels, it’s always a joy to visit my co-workers rice paddy and I can’t wait for harvest time. It’s a beautiful sight to see them working in the rice field.

    • Hi seeharhed, we’re very resourceful back home and it’s kind of nice to see that some still live that lifestyle. For a small rice paddy they do have several types of rice here.

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