Photography

Wine Country Character

rural-barnI have always enjoyed driving the back roads of New York State going in and out of the small towns and villages. Each has their flavor which lends to it’s character, and thus to the character of New York. Last year my wife and decided to take advantage of the warm spring weather in early March and took off for a weekend at a lovely Bed and Breakfast in Auburn, NY. Auburn sits at the top between two of the Finger Lakes, ¬†Cayuga Lake and Owasco Lake. We decided to take a drive through the wine country and visit many of the vineyards that populate around the lakes. Although the vines were sleeping, the gift shops ¬†were very busy showing off their pride of wines (I was actually surprised for this time of year). We sampled several and purchased from many of the stops we made. At one such winery, Long Point Winery on the eastern shore of Cayuga lake in Aurora, NY I was pulling out of the driveway to continue on to my next wine shop, when all of a sudden, I had to stop the car and shoot this lovely barn. Oh sure, it was dilapidated and such, but I had a vision of character and beauty and thought what a lovely HDR image this would make. So I balanced my Canon 60D on the hood of my car and fired off about a dozen exposures, of which three would be used to compile this image. What do you think?

Shot with Canon EOS 60D, F/4, 1/800, ISO 100 and Focal Length 27mm. Post processing in Lightroom and Photomatix.

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