• The land does slope down a bit here, so exact symmetry over here is not possible!
  • I put this dead-center in the photograph (horizontally) and a little below the center (vertically.)
  • There is a lot of movement here. No need to learn how to paint when 30 seconds of light and leaf motion can do it for you!
  • There is a bit of the mountains behind here.
  • The leaves on the vines are just coming out.
  • A little soft light on the green hills in the distance adds some depth.
  • There is always some compromise to be made in a symmetrical photo like this, or for example under a pier. Rarely are things symmetrical so you have to move around to get the most important things in line. That meant that the bottom is not perfect!
  • I wanted this tree to be the same distance from the edge of the frame as the one on the right side. So I could not shoot in the exact middle of the asymmetric road!
  • Lots of movement here too.
  • Right above here is the top of the mountain so I zoomed in to avoid that distraction that will show up in the winter shot!
  • i like the shadow patterns here - tropicaLiving - Jessy Eykendorp
  • something beautiful is not always have to be something perfect - tropicaLiving - Jessy Eykendorp
  • did you put STOP sign for other cars to not to passing this road? - tropicaLiving - Jessy Eykendorp
  • i like it, it look mysterious - tropicaLiving - Jessy Eykendorp
  • love the shadows! - Dene' Miles
  • the trees are sooo beautiful in the large version! - joαnnα.bαnαnα ☮

Vineyard Lane, Spring - Napa Valley California

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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!
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Settings etc.:
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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!

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The Story
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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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Resources:
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Google Earth
earth.google.com/

Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.

Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)
www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/main_int.html
Or Here:
www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.

www.californiacoastline.org/

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  1. trapezemike 42 months ago | reply

    Total Serenity !!!

  2. pierre m 41 months ago | reply

    Wonderful picture. Looks like France!

  3. Rio4U 41 months ago | reply

    Fantastic Shot! I love it .. thanks for sharing.. you are awesome...

  4. CamerOB-photography 41 months ago | reply

    What a nice, clear picture !
    Well done.

    Greetings from Rob van Hagen

  5. Labud 40 months ago | reply

    Magnificent shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Harmon Jones 39 months ago | reply

    nice composition lovely greens

  7. Nullerz 38 months ago | reply

    good job keep it up..!

  8. |S|a|a|d| 38 months ago | reply

    Outstanding shot!!!!!!

  9. Emotioned.com 38 months ago | reply

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  10. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    Nice catch


  11. Σταύρος 36 months ago | reply

    Sterling Vineyards....?...:)

  12. Ingeborg von Finsterwalde 12 months ago | reply

    Stunning photo! I want to walk down that lane...

  13. mohajenz 12 months ago | reply

    lovely photo, thanks.

  14. Asmith182013 2 months ago | reply

    Beautiful Shot!!!!!!

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