Alexander Valley Vineyard Two
Time of day: morning, 3 hours after sunrise
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2010
This is a reshoot of one of my favorite images. It’s not very easy to tell it’s the same scene since the view presents so differently. See http://contador.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Central-California-Scenery/774689_nyyYJ#715752364_V2gXY for the prior image.
For instance, last year an evening storm was clearing while this year we managed to be there as a morning squall was in progress, just in time for a break in the clouds. Last year we caught the grapevines at peak color; this year we missed it by a week or so. Last year the vines had more green and red punctuation while this year there was more yellow than anything and the hills were shrouded in an intriguing mist.
This year we caught what we felt was some rather wonderful light but the bold colors from last year were outstanding. I'm told that the area was hit by a late heat wave in October 2010 which cooked the vines.
I guess I'm having a tough time deciding which of these two images I prefer.
I love this scene with its rolling hills. This is the most picturesque vineyard we have found up to now. We were not able to top it this year but we did arrive (late) after the best of the grapevine color show. Maybe next year we’ll be able to equal it shooting in one of the other wine country valleys.
We also met Professional Photographer Nick Elias http://www.waterpear.com while photographing this scene a couple of evenings prior. Nick travels in a van with a plywood reinforced rooftop from which he shoots photos, ala Ansel Adams. Nick primarily shoots wine related images. Casse and I enjoyed visiting with him following a rather colorful sunset. See http://contador.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Misc-Practice-Shots/4643097_w89Ne#1139876480_QSHVj for the view that evening.
A two stop hard edged grad was used in this image.