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Here on the California Central Coast we do not have the trees full of fall colors like on the East Coast and other parts of the U.S., but what we do have are rows and rows of vineyards which provide a taste of that fall color and plenty of opportunity for landscape photography. I set out very early to to shoot the fall colors. I drove around Paso Robles and saw a likely vineyard for shooting. I asked permission, and was granted, to shoot in the vineyards at Summerwood Vineyards by a kind gentleman standing inside the vineyard waiting for the workers to arrive. Being able to get in the gate and in the vineyards afforded me the opportunity to get up high on the vineyard road and shoot down the rows and rows of color.
It proved to be a great day for shooting as that was harvest day and the workers were out picking grapes providing the opportunity for action shots.
After awhile I became bored with the usual vineyard shots and decided to try something different. I had already shot low, shot high, large aperature, small aperature. I took the 100-400 and set to 400 mm, focused, and then with a slow shutter speed, manual focus, rapidly brought the barrel towards me. That was really fun to do and fun to see what I ended up with each time.
Other times, I focused the camera and with a slow shutter speed, pushed the shutter and rapidly turned the camera 90 degrees. More fun stuff. It is always fun to step out of the box and see what can be created.
As far as the hot air balloon, I was shooting a few weeks ago in a vineyard and happened to look up and saw approaching a large hot air balloon. Life is always interesting. You never know what to expect. When out shooting, be ready for anything it hands you, like a great big, colorful hot air balloon flying overhead and camera in hand, and a great opportunity for landscape photography. It was a good day…