cranberry harvest

Harvest Pictures Ideas

Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits. – Samuel Butler

It’s harvest time. Whether you’re going pumpkin or apple picking, driving by a cranberry bog or even making a quick stop at a nearby farm stand, bring your camera with you. Challenge yourself to capture some interesting harvest pictures this fall. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Cranberry harvest time is now in full swing. October and November are the main months in North America. Search for a Cranberry Festival in your area. If you have cranberry bogs around you, find out when they are being harvested. Most growers are friendly and will be happy to give you the information, especially if you let them know that you will share your pictures with them.

That’s what I did last week. I followed the cranberry harvesting process from the time the bogs are flooded all the way to the receiving station. The photos below were taken in Carver, MA. If you are interested in more details about the process, you can check out The Blog About The Bog. I used my favorite lens to capture these cranberry harvest pictures: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS.

Below are the cranberry pickers at work after the bog has been flooded.The machines are called “egg beaters” and they separate the cranberries form the vines.

cranberry egg beaterscranberry egg beater

Berries are being collected (see cover photo), vacuumed up into trucks and shipped to the receiving stations where they get sorted and sent to the plants for processing. They will become cranberry juice, sauce, or Craisins. The cranberries sold as fresh fruit are harvested using a different method. You can learn more about dry harvesting here.

loading cranberry in truck truck full of cranberries cranberries cranberries receiving station

The cranberry harvest process is very interesting and colorful. If you don’t have the opportunity to visit a cranberry bog, how about an apple orchard or a pumpkin field? Either way, I encourage you to try something different. Get down low and take a few pictures, shoot into the sun or look for complementary colors. This will make your photos far more interesting. One more thing: remember to include people in your picture whenever possible.

apple picking Pumpkin field

For more photography tips and ideas, check out my latest photography book, Picture (Im)perfect Photographynow available at Amazon.

Happy harvest shooting!


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