Alexander Valley Vineyard
Time of day: 4 pm, 1 hour before sunset
Friday, November 6, 2009
Casse and I ventured up to the California wine country in early November 2009 to take pictures, taste wine, and eat well.
Our initial plan was to venture up into the highlands in the hills above the valleys to photograph sloping vineyards like the latter day masters paint. Well we quickly learned that planning and doing are vastly different endeavors. What appeared to be a good road with good terrain on Google Maps turned out to be gated private property and matters went downhill from there.
So we had to come up with a new plan: We decided to see as much as we could see and still take pictures, drink wine (ahem, pardon me, taste wine), and have fun.
We arrived Friday afternoon to scattered showers. This was good because wet vegetation photographs well, the rain seems to enhance the colors like a polarizer.
We found ourselves somewhere in the Alexander Valley near Healdsburg, looking for colorful grapevines when we happened upon this scene. We were pleased because this was just the kind of view we were looking for.
This photo is one my all time favorites. I like the rolling hillside with the oak trees growing within the vineyard and the neutral colored sky complimenting the vibrantly colored vines. Again, the colors stand out particularly well here because the vines were wet by the clearing rainstorm.
I'm torn between this image and Illilouette Gorge & Falls http://contador.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Central-California-Scenery/774689_nyyYJ#551388854_kGKKX as my overall favorite image to date. These two images sum up nicely what I try to convey in my photographs.
A Singh-Ray 3 stop reverse grad was used in this shot facing the setting sun.