Dusting the fields of Lodi

Crop duster close-up

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Crop duster over a vineyard

Driving north of my long commute to work this morning I started to hear the opening theme from the movie Pearl Harbor. You know the piece, Tennessee, by Hans Zimmer. It plays as a crop duster is seen soaring over the fields of Tennessee during opening credits. It is a beautiful piece of music.

Anyway, as I hear this song playing in my head, I look out the window and there is this crop duster spraying the vineyards along the highway. It isn’t a bi-plane, like in the movie, but I guess a crop duster in the early morning is forever to be accompanied by Tennessee.

When one is presented with the possibility of such a beautiful shot on a beautiful morning, it must be taken. So, I pulled off the freeway and got as close to the field he was spraying as I could. It did cross my mind that I might get splattered with whatever nasty chemical he was spraying on my future wine, but then, if I’m ingesting the stuff when I drink wine what harm is a little on the outside.

And since I’m on the subject of wine, I just have to say that I am impressed with the quality of wine that comes out of the Lodi region. Just last night I had an incredible Old Vine Zinfandel by St. Sophia here in Lodi. I knew it would be excellent. Paul at Mile Wine Company in Stockton would serves only the best.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled crop duster…

Crop duster close-up

This is exactly the reason I have my camera with me all the time. Well, almost all the time anyway. You never know what picture worth things you might see out there.

Crop duster straight on

Shot Notes

My Canon 60D with the 18-135mm lens was set to ISO 400 for all three shots and I used the AL-Servo setting to keep the focus tracking the movement of the plane toward me. Shutter speed and aperture from top to bottom: 1/1000 sec at f8, 1/200 sec at f16, and 1/250 sec at f16.