A local winery is holding a photography contest and I read up about it two weeks ago. Sure, it’s a promotion for the winery and I have nothing against that. The only stipulation is that all photo entries must be taken on the winery property. Never one to back away from a challenge, I made time in my schedule to spend a few hours on the property and snap some photographs. Unfortunately, partly cloudy skies didn’t hold and I spent the final hour shooting in light rain. While overcast skies and clouds help when shooting flowers, I was really hoping for some sun to pick up the color of the grape leaves in the Fall. That meant a second 3 hour shooting session the next day.
One of the photographs I shot the second day was this closeup of Aglianico grape leaves. Even this is a front, well really a sidelit, leaf, it almost appears the backlit because the colors and details are so vivid. I shot f/8 to that the entire leaf was in focus including some parts that are not exactly on the same focal plane as where I focused. And f/8 is wide open enough to render the background a pleasing and non-distracting blur.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted avg metering mode, 150mm, ISO 100, 1/30 sec, f/8
Aglianico Grape Leaf, Backlight. Plymouth, California. November 12, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.