Once upon a time, a family in Wisconsin could raise a family on 40 acres and a few cows.
My work with the Wausau Blind Outreach Center has put me in contact with older people who live on small farms like this one. I admired its location. I wanted to get an image of the farmstead at sunset. This farm, recently owned by Gilbert and Francis Jacobi, intrigued me so much that every time I rode bike out northwest of Wausau, I tried to figure out where I could get the best view of it.
I looked at a vantage point along County Highway U which was looking up at the farm from this same angle. There was too much traffic, and a high-voltage line really messed up the view. A view from Decator Drive, one mile further to the north might work. So I ride out on Decator, climb the hill west of 44th Avenue, and I found this clear shot. I check the time and find out when the sun will hit this angle and light up the red barn!
When I got out to take this picture, I put my D-80 with the 70-210mm tele-zoom fully extended (the sensor in the D-80 is smaller than the normal 24×26 mm film plain in a 35mm film camera so when 210 mm is multiplied by a factor of 1.5, its focal length is 315 mm.) I carefully composed this image aiming the camera so to avoid the water tower immediately to the east of the farmstead.
God is often at work here. I’m just the guy who loves to document what he sees. God made the light, the hills, the trees, and everything that the light reflects off of. I am thus moved by all that I see. The real wonder is that, when digital photography really started to take the place of film, people doubted that the colors in color photography would ever be this strong or whether the gray-scale in black and white photography ever be as intense.
The fact is that the actually image that my D-80 puts on a memory card is so much larger than anything a 35mm film camera could produce. This image alone could easily be reproduced on a poster sized print with no loss in resolution and certainly no grain! God made this world, and he gave guys like me the tools to show his handiwork.