In the order of things to photograph it must be said that hay bales probably do not come in the top 10 subjects for most photographers. However, they do offer a surprising number of opportunities and the pictures shown here illustrate two very different ways of making interesting pictures.
The first set of photographs were taken in winter, the frost was thick on the black plastic bales and created beautiful subtle patterns and textures with the occasional touch of colour to break the monochrome nature of the bales.
The second set were taken in summer and the shiny black plastic acted as a mirror and reflected the colours in the sky and surrounding buildings. These can be quite dramatic at times with a great density of colour and contrast.