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Vineyard Lane, Spring - Napa Valley California

This unmarked lane in the Napa Valley in California's wine country makes me wonder who lives down there and what sort of wine do they produce! 30-second exposure, no HDR.


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Please see the 1200 pixel version for the full softened effect of 30 seconds at midday!



Settings etc.:



Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105L @97

Hoya NDX400 (9-stop dark circular ND filter)

30-second exposure @F13

LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm - 4x6in) 0.9

Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring

Small Slik tripod, Manfrotto pistol-grip ball head (the best!)

No polarizer.

ISO 50

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop

No water shoes or bare feet required!



The Story



A temporary break from the seascapes...


I am not sure where this leads, but this is the first in a series that will cover each of the 4 seasons in the Northern Hemisphere, because the leaves will turn Red in late November and then be bare for a couple of months until spring in February or early March. it will look different each time.


I was heading up the Napa valley on a warm day last weekend, when I was once again FORCED to stop and take a shot. Well, actually I waited for the sun to almost go down behind the hills to get warmer light, then I took the verrrrry long shot through the large automatic gate! The leaves moving in the breeze softened the look of the trees for a more impressionistic look and feel. During daylight hours, you have to do something extra to avoid a photo looking like a snapshot. Actually, this would look better with a wet street, but the dry season that lasts until November will make that difficult to pull off!


The map shows exactly where this is. It is right off the road, but no easy parking is available. And make sure nowone is driving towards you!


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Taken on April 24, 2010