One of the reasons we went to the land of sugar was to witness cane being harvested. In Hacienda Salamanca, that wish came true. Not only was the light beautiful that morning, it was also streaming in from the right direction. It was a composition I had imagined months ago.
But what I didn't anticipate was that this profession could soon vanish. Why? The sugar industry started losing tariff protection last year, and in all, prices could be a third lower by 2015. Will the industry survive? It likely will, but I suspect it will be at the expense of the most inefficient part of the current supply chain: the purely manual step of cutting and loading cane. Sigh.
(Pixel-peepers: Learn to shoot in black & white by imagining the scene in black & white. That means ignoring colors and paying attention only to the interplay of shapes and patterns, and of light and shadows. It helps to set your digital camera's display to black and white to help the feedback loop along.)
But wait, there's more...
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