Willamette Valley Grape Update

Redhawk Vineyard, Salem, Oregon

Canon 30D, 17-40 f/4L, ISO: 100, Aperture: f/8, shutter: 1/60 second, three exposures combined in Photomatix Pro

As I mentioned in the blog back in July, the wine grapes in the valley are very late this year because of our cool wet spring and early summer.  The grapes are now starting to turn, but weather is still a critical factor in this year’s harvest.  Growers are really wanting the warm and dry to continue for at least another 4-6 weeks.  Some say this will be the latest harvest ever for Oregon grapes.  Time will tell if it will be a good one… or not.

About the photo…  HDR software is highly adjustable and can provide a very natural look, or the popular grunge that is commonly associated with HDR images today.  As the name suggests the software increases the dynamic range of color and exposure.  Doing that can add depth and ‘pop’ to the image.  Although HDR may not be for every image, I do like it for some subjects and lighting conditions.

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