Wine Barrel, Window Seat, Faint Building, B&W

Rail Bridge Cellars, Elk Club Building penthouse, Sacramento, CA

It has been almost a month since the last post on this blog.  I would love to say I’ve been busy travelling and taking more photographs, but my reasons are much more mundane than that: work and studying.  And since I have not had to study in years, the very act of seriously studying is literally bogging me down.

Anyhow, on this far, the hottest day of the year in Sacramento where the temperature touched 106F, we were treated to a rather unusual location for a tasting room.  In the penthouse of  the historic 1925 Elks Club Building, on the corner of 11th and J St., sits Rail Bridge Cellars.  Having tasted in various wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Amador, and El Dorado, this is truly a surprise location.  The building was the tallest constructed in the 1920’s and is a spectacular location to be at.

Since I was really here for the tasting, I only brought with me 1 lens and no tripod.  I bumped up the ISO to 400 so I would not have to deal with a slow shutter speed and trying to hand hold the camera still.  This particular photograph has the equally historic 1925 Cal Western Life art deco office building framed by the window and houses The Citzen Hotel and the Grange Restaurant & Bar.  The Cal Western Life building was the first skyscraper in Sacramento.

Our wine pourer, McKensie, even gave us a tour of the (dry) basement pool in the Elks Club Building.  There are plans to convert the entire basement space into a restaurant/events area with some type of acrylic panel covering the pool area.  Given the interesting streams of light coming in from the outside, I probably could have spent a few hours shooting down in that area.

As most of you know, I am not one to hit the “Black & White” button in Lightroom to perform conversions from color to B&W.  I export to Nik Silver EFex Pro 2 and make additional edits there, taking advantage of control points to apply various adjustments to localized areas of the photograph before importing the photograph back into Lightroom.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, 45mm, ISO 400, 1/13 sec, f/9

Wine Barrel, Window Seat, Faint Building.  Rail Bridge Cellars, Elks Club Building, Sacramento, California. June 16, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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