Well, this is an instance of where post processing (in Adobe Lightroom, in my case) has somewhat failed me. It is not the fault of the software, but rather my inability to apply the scene as I remember it in my mind to the RAW format photograph on the computer screen…in less than 5 minutes. Even though I’m learning more and more about Lightroom, I still have a ways to go. It is also the same reason I have Photoshop, but never really use it, since it is that much more complex.
Anyhow, a local winery is hosting a photo contest and the stipulation is that all entries have to be shot at the winery. And yes, in addition to having Yosemite and the Sierra about 3 hours away, living amongst rolling hills of oak, I’m only about 20 minutes away from the Amador County wineries. So over the course of 2 days, I’ve taken about 100 photos that I have not even gone through yet, except for this one, which needs some work and may not even make my final cut.
The reason I made two trips for this shoot was simple. Friday was mostly cloudy and eventual rain. I had hope for storm clouds and the occasional sun to poke through. The didn’t really happen. Of the 3 hours on the first day, I shot the last hour under light rain. I came back the next day knowing the forecast called for partly cloudy skies. This meant the colors of the vineyard, especially the reds and oranges, would be glowing and I could setup a few backlit leaf shots.
Honestly, spending a total of 6 hours walking along the rolling rows of a vineyard in near isolation except for birds and an occasional jackrabbit is a great way to decompress from the hustle and bustle of a normal workweek.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted avg metering mode, 135mm, ISO 100, 1/6 sec, f/11
Vineyard, Pattern. Plymouth, California. November 13, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.