Rice Harvest in September

This is a rice combine harvester in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, on September 5, 2013. Mikamiyama (Mount Mikami) is in the background. It had been raining heavily the previous day, and we can see fallen rice plants lying in an adjacent field. Fortunately, other fields seem to be okay.

Rice combines reap and thresh the rice. Larger ones such as this can store several hundred kilograms on board. Periodically the rice is transferred to a truck.

Technical notes

This video is a quick “minute movie” with no additional audio. Video was captured with a hand-held Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera and the 12-50mm kit lens that came with the camera. As always, I used manual exposure (f20 at 1/60 sec.). Usually I shoot with manual focus, but this time I tried continuous auto-focus with tracking. It did not work well. Several times the tracking bracket moved around, apparently looking for a subject. I was surprised that the camera did not track the harvester well at all. Next time I’ll go back to manual focus.

Post-processing was done on my old MacBook. I trimmed the clips with QuickTime. I had to trim a lot. I’d shot the video from a sidewalk near a noisy road, and several large trucks passed as I was shooting. Also, auto-focus on the camera created some blurred segments that I removed. I edited with Final Cut Pro X. I simply dropped the clips in place, added an opening photo with fade in, a title, and my standard “shigarivers.com” clip at the end. The software helped with color balance and image stabilization to smooth out the camera shake. Audio was okay, so I didn’t change it.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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