Darcy Quimby  

Wine On The Vine by Darcy Quimby

September 2023 - Wine On The Vine

September 2023 - Darcy Quimby


About the Image(s)

Wine on the Vine
Camera 80D f4 1/160 ISO800 hand held Tamron 28-300mm 60mm

On the way to Alaska last year we stopped for the night at EdenVale Winery outside of Medford OR. (they are Harvest Hosts). We were able to explore the grounds after they closed for the night. As sunset approached I came upon this row of grapes, so I took a photo from the seated position of my chair.

In post: ACR I brought down the exposure, highlights, and blacks. I upped the contrast, shadows, and whites. I also Brought into PS with removed a building and some grass. Then created another layer and ran it through Topaz, and lowered the opacity of the Topaz layer.

Hindsight I should have used a different DOF

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Dawn Gulino
Hi Darcy, I like your composition and how the vine leads you into the frame and to the sky. Looking at the original, it feels like it might be a bit overexposed and the whites are clipped a bit, how did you get the color in the sky?

Given you were handheld and the time of day, your settings make sense. I think your DOF might have worked, however I think focusing on the front of the vine might have made it a bit stronger of an image.   Posted: 09/16/2023 14:45:32
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Before I masked the sky in ACR I took down the exposure +5 contrast -16 highlights +45 shadows +7 whites -25 blacks then I masked the sky and took down the exposure an additional 1.3 highlights -75 shadows +28 whites -14   Posted: 09/29/2023 19:41:21
Dawn Gulino
Well done Darcy! You did a great job bringing out the colors from the raw file!   Posted: 09/30/2023 00:21:54

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
I agree with Darcy in thinking that the way you have the lines to draw the eye into the picture is a positive. I like the colors and the way you have brought out the clouds in the sky.

Your focus looks a bit soft to me and I think the photo could benefit with a bit more depth of field. While I like the way the line of the vine row draws my eye into the photo I don't see it leading me to any specific item of interest. I think the post in the foreground is a bit too strong for the overall image and I wonder if it might be better if you moved toward the right so you could have started out with the first vine.

p.s. Dawn got me thinking about my days as a mountain climber and now you have me thinking of my years working at a winery/vineyard (where the owner had studied photography under Ansel Adams).   Posted: 09/21/2023 11:37:56

Neil Bellenie
The clever angle along the vine makes this an interesting shot. The detail that has been recovered from the sky is amazing and I would never have thought this possible. (In future I am going to work on the apparently blown out portions of pictures to see what can be recovered).
  Posted: 09/23/2023 22:54:31

Hi Darcy

I like this composition. You have done a great job in the post especially what you have done for the sky. Good picture overall.

May be you should cropped in a bit from the right just to get rid of the white dot.   Posted: 09/27/2023 01:29:03

I agree with the others as to your angle for the shot that accentuates the perspective. To me, it's not so much about the leading lines, as they don't really take me to something interesting, but it's more about the unusual way of seeing -- something that I like when I come across it in an image.

I took a short moment to try to reproduce the steps you took with the sky, but didn't succeed at getting the same outcomes. I'd suggest you might want to temper the effect slightly on the dark cloud at the left edge.

And I'm just curious, what Topaz function did you use?
  Posted: 09/27/2023 08:44:21
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I left one step out of my description and that was the fact that I masked the sky and then did the adjustments.
Before I masked the sky in ACR I took down the exposure +5 contrast -16 highlights +45 shadows +7 whites -25 blacks then I masked the sky and took down the exposure an additional 1.3 highlights -75 shadows +28 whites -14

I used Topaz photo AI auto   Posted: 09/29/2023 19:26:05