Burn Off Sunsets

Burnoff Sunset by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
The smoke from the farmer’s burn off makes for some amazing sunsets in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia.

It’s that time of year again. The farmers of the Wheatbelt are burning their fields in preparation for sowing. The smoke hangs thick over the Avon Valley and makes for a quite unpleasant experience for anyone who suffers from respiratory ailments. The upside is that the smoke particles in the air make for rather splendid sunsets. I snapped this one on my phone while cycling home. The next few were all shot while going out to get some beer on my Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 lens.

 

Burning Off by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
The smoke from the farmer’s burn off makes for some amazing sunsets in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia.

 

Burning Off by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Fields being burnt off prior to sowing seed. York, Western Australia.

 

Burning Off by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
The smoke and haze creates an apocalyptic atmosphere.

 

 

Burning Off by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
The road to Armageddon.

While making for some tremendous photos the practice puts a lot of carbon up into the atmosphere. Unfortunately Australian farmers will not stop the practice as this a far cheaper way of clearing fields than tilling. Profit always wins out.

Hillside

Hillside Farmhouse
Hillside Farmhouse

 

 

Hillside Farmhouse was designed by Sir Talbot Hobbs, a leading architect and built in 1911 for Morris Edwards in the historic Wheatbelt town of York in Western Australia. Sony A7r with Olympus OM Zuiko 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 lens mounted via a Fotodiox adapter,  Cokin circular polarizing filter and +3 stop graduated neutral density filter. Exposure 4 seconds, f16, ISO 50.