Fortunately, this entire field is not planted by hand. But the rice-planting machine, this woman told me, isn't as careful as a person so she comes along later to fill in where the machine missed.
une belle série sur les rizières, belle posture que celle de cette femme et son reflet :-))
7 Jun 2010 5:52am
really interesting and I'd love to see more rice planter photos!
7 Jun 2010 6:39am
dur labeur que celui de planteur de riz !!!
vive les machines !!: )
7 Jun 2010 8:55am
Nice catch, she is lucky that the machine did most of the work.
7 Jun 2010 9:09am
I like the way you've shown the "big picture" here, it gives a wonderful context to the woman working! I can only imagine how much work this must have been in the days before the machines did some of the work!
7 Jun 2010 10:22am
@Tracy: Thank you. Coming from someone whose a master of the "big picture," I'm delighted. I don't feel I compose well on a large scale, though I wish I did. Practice!
The woman said that before there were machines, it used to be that all the neighbors came out to help plant each other's fields and she said it always made the work much lighter talking all day with friends and neighbors. She conceded that what now takes 2 hours for the machine to do used to take the neighborhood all day. But you could tell she thought the machine was not an unmixed blessing.
Oh, so beautiful! I love the bent figure and the little rows of rice growing.
7 Jun 2010 11:35am
Are the rice fields aleways under water
7 Jun 2010 11:55am
A beautiful pastoral scene GJC! Well seen and captured! ;-)
7 Jun 2010 11:57am
It's the same here, GJC. I used to do this as a kid - plant padi, and harvest them. Our plough machines was pulled by buffaloes, and it was a lot of fun even when it was serious work for the adults! Then machines came in, faster though they be - but the spirit of working together, family and neighbours, no longer exists.
Beautiful picture, so well-captured and composed.
7 Jun 2010 12:18pm
7 Jun 2010 1:12pm
It still must be hard on the back. Nice light and reflections.
7 Jun 2010 6:21pm
Nice shot! I like the sky in this one.
7 Jun 2010 9:46pm
Sometimes when we make things "easier" I think we are actually making them harder in other ways....Sometimes I feel like I want to go back to a more simple time- when we ate more fresh foods, stayed home more, and knew our neighbors....And as far as "the big picture" I never thought I was good at it either, but somehow with practice (and lots of shots for the trash can) the bigger picture has become a favorite way of shooting for me! :)
7 Jun 2010 11:22pm
A real piece of rural Japan....we should be glad to still be able to get such glimpses! I like the details here, the fence behind the woman, the roof behind it, the houses in the distance and the beautiful, beautiful green!
23 Jun 2010 8:03am
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