Midday sun. A complaint of many a landscape photogs. Unfortunately I had to deal with this unforgiving light source during a recent trip to Napa. It was either shoot now or shoot nothing for the rest of the day. So it was then a matter of finding shaded areas to shoot from and occasionally holding my hand over to lens to shield it (and the resulting image) from direct light and its washed out effects.
At the very least, I wanted to capture the variations of vine colors that occur in the autumn, just about the time the last harvest is over with. I had hoped for some weather, but rain was not in the forecast to give the vines a bright shiny, color-rich look. Nor was there lingering fog which would have shielded the landscape from all this light. So we are left to make due with images in less than optimal conditions.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 200mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec
Napa Valley, Crook of a Tree, Vineyard Layers. Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, CA. November 01, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.