Un Giallo Raggiante / Glowing Yellow

A cavallo tra quando la vegetazione è ancora spoglia dopo il lungo inverno, e prima che il verde scintillante torni a ricoprire tutto, c’è un altro colore che scoppia improvviso rompendo la monotonia del paesaggio svedese: sono i campi di colza (Brassica Napus), sterminate e profumatissime distese di un giallo lucente.

La colza viene coltivata soprattutto per la produzione di olio vegetale alimentare e di combustibile utilizzato nel biodiesel, ma anche come foraggio per animali e per la produzione di miele.

Il contrasto che questi prati fioriti creano quando risplendono contro un cielo limpido e blu, o quando combattono il nero di un temporale in arrivo, è sicuramente una fonte d’ispirazione per scattare qualche foto, anche se è difficile riuscire a pianificare in anticipo la composizione dello scatto, come per esempio è possibile per altri paesaggi.
Dopo alcuni anni, ho infatti notato che la colza non viene mai coltivata sullo stesso terreno per due anni di seguito, ma in cicli di 4 o 5 anni, evidentemente per non impoverire toppo la terra stessa.

Se si perde quindi la possibilità di riuscire a fare lo scatto che speriamo o che abbiamo immaginato, non resta quindi che aspettare.
O perdersi tra queste distese colorate e affidarci alla fortuna.

Foto scattate con Nikon D750 + Nikon Nikkor 24-120 f4 + Zenit Helios-44-2 Helios 44-2 58mm 58 mm 1:2

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Between the end of the winter when the vegetation is still bare and before the sparkling green covers everything again, there is another sudden color that breaks the monotony of the Swedish landscape: they are the rapeseed fields (Brassica Napus) , endless and fragrant expanses of a bright yellow.

Rapeseed is grown mainly for the production of vegetable food oil and fuel used in biodiesel, but also as animal fodder and for honey production.

The contrast that these flowering meadows create when they shine against a clear blue sky, or when they fight the darkness of an incoming thunderstorm, is certainly a source of inspiration to take some photos, even if it is difficult to plan the composition in advance, as for example it’s possible in other landscape photography.
After a few years, I noticed that the rapeseed is never grown on the same land for two years in a row, but in cycles of 4 or 5, evidently not to impoverish the land itself.

So if one lose the chance of being able to take the shot that one hope or have imagined, all that remains is to wait.
Or get lost in these colourful landscapes and rely on luck.

Pictures taken by  Nikon D750 + Nikon Nikkor 24-120 f4 + Zenit Helios-44-2 Helios 44-2 58mm 58 mm 1:2

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14 thoughts on “Un Giallo Raggiante / Glowing Yellow

  1. LOL…as I evaluated the photo, I wondered what kind of camera you had. Nikon D750…I’m impressed! I love nikons! I’ve had 2; a Nikon D70, and I Nikon D7200. I have found nothing better (personally) than a Nikon.

    That said, I now have a new A7II, and it’s my first full frame. I have only a stock lens for now which is “Eh…what ever.” I tend to be rather perfectionistic (and sorta stuck up about picture quality) so until I get a better lens, inspiration to shoot is rather marginalized. But I can change my mind about that which your image is helping me reconsider.

    Thanks. Gorgeous!

    I wonder what they plant to replace the cycle in their crop rotations? Or do they let the fields rest between crops?

    1. About Nikon, good you are a nikonist, we will soon start the war against the canonist 😀
      A part from the jokes, i found nikon more suitable for me and then stuck to them, so I got two now (d750 and a D3200, the first reflex) and I tested today a D500 for wildlife photography and i think i will get it!
      Which kind of picture do you take mostly?

      about the field, I got the same question and I will check next year in the same spot to see what will they plant. I’ll let you know 😀

      1. Mostly Black and white and abstract using certain techniques. Most of my work is neatly archived on a drive because my MacBook drive is only 500 gbs. I don’t have enough disk space on other my archived and disk drive to expand them all out. I have some samples on my blog site; each posting has my own images attached, and I have a few listed under photos. They are all done from camera; photo shopped lightly only for touch up but not composition.

      2. My current camera is a Sony A7II; not a Nikon (and trust me…I miss my Nikon sorely), but I switched to mirrorless because of weight, but the digital interface is daunting with the Sony; but it is full frame and so much lighter. After I bought it, I discovered the mirroless Nikon, but it way way out of my price range (and so now…my grinding my teeth about this fact in despair). I may not upgrade my lens on this Sony and just work at developing skills with this mirrorless/digital interface…and then see. Maybe in 5 years I’ll get the Nikon mirrorless. By then, it should be so much better than it is now (at 1800/2100 dollars). My Sony is new, but it is a 4 year old model. The price was fantastic, and it is my first full frame.