Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon Leaves, Early Autumn

ISO100, 165mm, f/5.3, 1/80 sec
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, CA

Another image from the “it’s too sunny so I’ll shoot from shaded spots to capture the color” collection.  Even though the purpose of the day was the ever-cherished tasting at Shafer Vineyards, as a photog you always plan on the off-chance you have a few minutes to shoot.  You work with the conditions, in this case a bright sunny cloudless sky.

(Click thru the image for the 700px view)

Thankfully I was able to capture the variations of color in this vineyard bordering Stags’ Leap Winery.  The deep crimson vines in the center are Cabernet Sauvignon, which the Stags Leap District is famous for.

Interesting sorta-technical note here.  Even though I had the lens hood attached and the sunlight was not directly hitting the front of the lens, I had to use my hand to shield the lens just a little more to capture the deep, rich color from this scene.  Without doing so resulted in an image that appeared washed out.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 165mm, f/5.3, 1/80 sec

Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon Leaves, Early Autumn. Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, CA. November 01, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


2 thoughts on “Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon Leaves, Early Autumn

    1. Thank you Tony. This image is definitely one I made sure I attempted in the brief time I had to shoot that day given the layers of beautiful colors. The usual photographs of vineyards in which you’re essentially shooting over the tops of the vines tends to look flat in uniform light (which is what I had). So shooting through the vines with a relative shallow DOF really helped add some dimension to the overall image.

      And thanks for stopping by!


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