On Grapes in the Finger Lakes
Fall has finally arrived in the Finger Lakes. Despite a few last gasp attempts, the clear skies and cool nights of fall have pushed aside the lingering memories of Summer heat. With the emergence of the crisp air and the calendar's turn into September, it also means that the vineyards scattered along the length of the Finger Lakes are in bloom with grapes as far as the eye can see.
There are so many vineyards to see. All shapes and sizes. All tastes and preferences. All lakes to visit. Whether enjoying the wineries along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail or the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, there's certainly something for everyone. But, the one commonality they all share is the beauty and simplicity of a bunch of grapes hanging in colorful contrast to the green leafs of a vine. There's such aesthetic pleasure in taking a closer look and marveling at the intricate patterns of a grapes skin, of seeing the way the weather and bugs have shaped the leaves that provide the grapes shelter, and of seeing the majesty of the whole each grape encompasses.
For this photograph, I focused on the closest grape in the bunch, wanting it to jump out of the frame towards the viewer while the rest of the grapes and leaves disappeared into the background. Shooting with a f/2.8 aperture with my Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens gave me amazing sharpness with just the right amount of bokeh. A square crop finished the photo off. There are many approaches to photographing grapes resulting in an even wider variety of outcomes. For some nice information on photographing at wineries, check out Napa Valley photographer Bryan Gray's tips here.
Keywords: Canon 5D Mark II, Close, Corning and the Finger Lakes, Fall, Grapes, Keuka Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Up, Upstate New York, Vineyards, Wine, Winery