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It's harvest time which means there's plenty of farm machinery in fields to photograph.

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This time of year you can often find yourself queuing in a very long line of traffic following a farmer in his tractor driving at a snail like pace. The queuing part isn't fun but a farmer heading to a field does give you a chance to capture a few harvesting shots.

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"Dust Storm" by cameracat.

Gear
If you want to capture the crop as well as the tractor or combine harvester take your wide angle lens along. But if the machinery's your focus take your telephoto along so you don't have to be stood anywhere near the blades to get it in shot.

Technique
If there's no public access stay out of the field. In fact, as tractors and other farm machinery will be in use it's probably safer for you to stand on the edge even if you can access the field. Close-ups of the machines in action are often more interesting than a long, distant shot but if you do want to include more of the field, using a small aperture will give you ample depth-of-field to give your shot front to back sharpness.

As farm machinery doesn't generally move that quickly you'll have ample time to take a good look around the viewfinder to make sure the shot's in focus and that your horizon's straight.

To emphasis the size of the machinery get down low and shoot up or shoot it head on. Make use of the tracks and marks left by the tractor too as they're a great way to lead the eye into the shot.

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