The Farmer

Paul Harvey Commercial

Photography, like anything else, is about telling a story.  If you like photographs, then you like stories.  So, with that in mind, and a bow or nod to the gods – enjoy this montage of these photos.  With the accompanying storyline from the memoirs of Paul Harvey, this not only was one of the best commercials I’ve seen in Super Bowl advertising history – the story it tells takes this one up there very quickly on my all-time list.

For those photographers that took these stills, I applaud you all:


William Albert Allard


Kurt Markus


The dialog from Paul Harvey:

And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.” So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say,’Maybe next year,’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from an ash tree, shoe a horse with hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. Who, during planting time and harvest season will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from tractor back, put in another 72 hours.” So God made the farmer.

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-comb pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the leg of a meadowlark.”

It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and brake, and disk, and plow, and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk, . Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. “So God made a farmer.”

Touched a nerve – people either loved it or hated it.  I personally loved it.  Some are saying Ram commercialized the image of an American farmer, others are saying the homage was touching.  No matter how you feel about commercials, farmers, Dodge, Paul Harvey, or any other trumped up political agenda-riddled gobbeldy-gook, what I’d be most interested in is finding out more about the collective set of photographers.  Their imagery was awesome!

Kudos to the two that ABC mentioned in their post, but I want to give my own nod to the photographers.  In fact, I’ll send out a $25 B&H Gift card to the first person who can get me a list of all ten photographers that took the powerful images for Ram in the making of this commercial.

Which Way the Wind Blows…

Arvada Playground

As many of you know, I have been moving fast and furious since starting a new position as a Professional Trainer some nine months ago.  As we started ramping into the busy season, I announced that the schedule may have a trickle-down impact to the blog here, and the last few weeks have definitely seen that to be the case.  To wit, I announced, but have still not shipped the prize for the winners of the March contest (sorry Aimereen and Spike), much less made an announcement of the winner for the April contest, and now, the May contest schedule seems to be in jeopardy.  Unfortunately, the winds of change have sufficiently thrust me off the course of creating useful content here on the blog for some time now, and the can is empty yet again.  That’s right – I’ve got nuthin’!  Well, that’s not entirely true – I do have some news to share and a photo or two, so I’ll share the latter first and the former second.  With the latter, I was having some fun with a set of archives and noticed that this one looked particularly intriguing with two of several crops going at it.  I tried one, and think I like this the best!  How does it strike you?

Arvada Playground

I will ship the March prize out tomorrow (I promise!).  As for May, enough time has passed that running a contest for a mere two weeks (and change) would likely not give people sufficient time to submit images…so, call it author prerogative – I am making a slight adjustment to the contest schedule:  The May contest is now the Summer Contest!  I will take images from now until the end of June, and the lucky winner will get not one but two DVD’s of learning resources from yours truly – one from Ibarionex R Perello and one from Chris Orwig!  These are phenomenal DVD’s and the educational value alone is priceless.  Retail costs alone are easily in the $150+ range.  I am not sure what they run as the DVD’s were gifts to me from my good friend Joe Farace, fellow Colorado Photographer, and author of more books than I’ve even read on the subject of photography (thanks Joe!)

As for the April winner – well, that will have to wait until Friday now, because I need to take a bit of time and review the images (truthly – I’ve not looked at all yet!).  Wednesday has become quite popular as a “Wordless Wednesday” item, so I don’t want to disrupt the little bit of consistency I’ve developed there.  Thanks to everyone for understanding as the wind truly has blown me onto an entirely new course.

ETA:  As an off-topic note, my new course is now focusing intensely on designing, developing, and delivering training curriculum content for higher education, K-12, and corporate clients, with the K-12 audience being primary in my scope right now.  I am clawing my way up the learning curve here in various programs like Adobe Captivate, Articulate, and much more.  As my ID (Instrucional Design) knowledge and experience expands, I hope to bring this experience back to CB in the form of even better educational and learning resources for the readership – so rest assured, there is a long term positive here!  The cheesy intros of past videos will likely be replaced, learning objectives will be spelled out, and I hope to also incorporate much of my newly learned content preparation techniques both in digital and DVD form!  (That’s right, you will be able to order DVD’s of resources from me – hopefully not to far into the future!).  For now though, thank you for your patience as I wean myself from the suckle of self-education!