Oklahoma is an agricultural state and wheat is the number one cash crop grown in Oklahoma. Our sweeping western plains is perfect for growing this golden grain, and at harvest time, the prairie is alive with combines working hard to harvest the bountiful crops. I was in Alva working on a story about the wheat harvest – shooting digital like normal. I couldn’t resist setting up my Toyo VX-125 and capturing a harvest picture on Kodak TMAX-100 film. This proved much harder than I anticipated since the combines don’t stop for anyone and I had to prefocus and basically guess when the combine would fill my frame. I knew this combine was going to finish this row of wheat and I could pre-focus my 4×5 on the end of the row and get a decent photo of the machine at work. Then it was just a matter of waiting for the combine operator to head my way and then not get run over.
About James Pratt
I am an Oklahoma based writer, commercial photographer, editorial photographer and adventurer based in Oklahoma City. I love telling stories about people. A motorcycle is my preferred means of travel, and I have over 5,000 hours piloting small airplanes. My editorial photography has been published in hundreds of magazines and my commercial photography has been used by dozens of companies worldwide.