Beehives

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Featured

An assortment of beehives alongside a vineyard in eastern Washington.

An assortment of beehives alongside a vineyard in eastern Washington.

Captured with a Canon 7D + EF28-135mm; 1/160 sec at f/5.6; ISO 200.

Post-production in Adobe Lightroom 3.

Save the Bees

Posted by on Mar 14, 2011 in Commentary

Slow Food USA is petitioning the EPA to investigate the causes behind bee colony collapse disorder, which some suspect is caused by agriculture pesticides.  I signed this petition in hopes that the EPA will commission an objective and comprehensive study of the problem, without interference from those in the chemical industry.   You can find more information at the SlowFood USA site.

The photograph below was taken at Brick House Vineyards, which is located between Newberg and Carlton, Oregon in the northern Willamette Valley.  I thank Doug Tunnell, owner and winemaker at Brick House, for allowing me the opportunity to capture this image during harvest last Fall and also for bringing this important issue to my attention.

Honeybee on cluster of Brick House Chardonnay in the Ribbon Ridge AVA.

Captured on 10/19/10 with Canon 400D + EF 50mm, 1/250 sec at f/3.5, ISO 200.

A Vine’s Destiny

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Featured

Using an image of Pinot noir clusters, I applied it as a texture layer to a photo of the vineyard rows from which the fruit had been picked.  It offers an interesting affect, one that I am continuing to explore with my landscape photography.

A Vine's Destiny

Vineyard image captured on 10/19/10 with Canon 7D + EF-S10-22mm, 1/2 sec at f/16, ISO 100.

Post-production done in Adobe Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.

The Tools of Harvest

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011 in Featured, Wine

This is one of my favorite shots from covering the wine harvest in Oregon last fall.

Each picker carries two pieces of equipment into the vineyard during harvest:  clippers and a bucket.  Some work with two or three buckets, clipping clusters and filling each at a pace that I could never approach (without losing a finger or two).

I photographed this bucket of Gamay noir fruit at Brick House Vineyards, which is located in the northern Willamette Valley region on Ribbon Ridge.

The Tools of Harvest

Captured on 10/19/10 with Canon 400D + EF50mm, 1/125 sec at f/2.5, ISO 100.

The Last Sip

Posted by on Feb 11, 2011 in Featured, Wine

From last summer’s International Pinot Noir Celebration luncheon at Lemelson Vineyards.

INPC 2010 winery luncheon at Lemelson Vineyards.

Captured on 07/23/10 w/ Canon 400D + EF28-135mm, 1/500 sec at f/14, ISO 100

Sunrise in the Vineyard

Posted by on Feb 4, 2011 in Featured, Wine

Last Fall, I spent a week in the Willamette Valley shooting the Pinot noir harvest at several wineries.

This image was captured during sunrise at Belle Pente Vineyards, which is located in the Yamhill-Carlton District.  It was such a beautiful morning, with the colors of the sky, vineyard, and valley below rendering in evolving shades as the sun rose above the horizon.

You can read more about my experience covering the Oregon wine harvest here.

Sunrise at Belle Pente Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District AVA

Captured on 10/19/10 with Canon 7D + EF-S10-22mm, 1/8 sec at f/16, ISO 100.

Dumping the Stems

Posted by on Jan 18, 2011 in Featured, Wine

Dumping the Stems - after processing the Pinot noir fruit, the stems are trucked to a site where they are composted (Lemelson Vineyards, Carlton, Oregon)

Captured on 10/21/10 with Canon 7D + EF-S 10-22m; 1/400 sec at f/11, ISO 400