For this week’s Monochrome Madness, here is a shot I took 10 years ago. I was working in poorly lit conditions with the camera at its maximum ISO setting. At the time of taking, I already knew I would be processing it as a b&w to mitigate the sensor noise – ‘grain’ is so much more acceptable in a black and white image ๐Ÿ˜…

Wingate & Finchley 0 vs Hampton & Richmond 3

The background to this shot is my role as photographer for my local football club. Although most of my images are of the players in action I also take shots away from the action, including photos of fans. The gentleman in the image was a supporter with the visiting team. He’d turned his back to the game in order to shelter his pipe and lighter from the south-westerly wind. The light comes from the floodlights illuminating the pitch behind him, leaving his face in shadow.

Canon EOS 7D 70-200mm lens at 80mm: ISO6400 f2.8 at 1/640th (the settings in use to capture the action on the pitch – I had no time to change them). The image was processed in Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.

April – Initially there was a sowing job for a neighbour…

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…Then there were several fertilizing jobs and I had to make 2 trips back to the dealer with the Zetor to refill the Rausch spreader…

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…After the last job was done I still had plenty of fertilizer left over for my own fields.

Last month I prepared field 3 for sowing and it fell to the Massey-Ferguson to deliver the Soya Beans to the pre-fertilized field…

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…With all the vegetable matter littering the surface it was difficult to see where I’d sown, so the ridge marker was very handy. Then, with sowing complete, I rolled the field to compact the soil and prevent erosion…

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…a nice easy job for the BM๐Ÿ‘ I’m doing my best to share the workload around the tractors and with such sunny weather it seems silly to be sitting in a cab๐Ÿ˜…

The Oilseed Radish in field 1 was ready to plough in during the second week of April…

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…Once more I turned to the MF to do the job. That’s another field ready for sowing – The plan has changed again๐Ÿ˜œ, I’m going to put Sorghum in this field and after harvesting the Barley in field 2, I will be planting Canola there.

I spent the rest of the week mowing my grass crop and making hay…

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…All of which was handled by the BM with a minimum of fuss. Baling the hay required a bit more power, so the MF hauled the Lely baler up and down the rows…

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…producing 20 bales…

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…All of which I loaded by hand into our trailer and set off to the biogas plant…

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In the the 3rd week of April I sowed the Sorghum in field 1…

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…Rolling the field afterwards to complete the job. I also fed the grass some fertilizer. With nothing else I could do and with the Barley getting close to harvesting, I took the Vistula Combine up to the dealer for some pre-harvesting season maintenance…

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…and that really was the end of the work for April – the last week was quiet with little to do but watch for the Sorghum and Soya plants to come through๐Ÿ˜Ž

More from Osada soon ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

Pick a topic from Cee’s photo is the subject of this Midweek Madness challenge. If you go take a look, you will find that Cee has suggested a number of possibilities including; fog, weather, telescope, candid, metal wire, fence, building, lighthouse, mural, crow, bird, candid, beach and a few more. Let’s start with Beach…

Canet Plage

…That’s Canet Plage

When the tide goes out, The Thames has a beach…

Old Moorings, Cannon Street

…If you’re willing to brave the mud you can find historical artefacts like clay pipes and very occasionally a coin from the distant past. You’re also likely to find sewage courtesy of our privatised water companies๐Ÿ˜’

Here’s Marbella Lighthouse…

Marbella Lighthouse

Lets finish with a shot taken a couple of weeks ago with CMMC amber in mind – it didn’t make the final cut but suits this for this week…

Join the Party

…Time to Party! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Œ