Last weekend I had some time to myself to go take some pictures. However, I only had a couple hours to kill, but I didn't have a plan. Darn it! I need to be better about that. So, I decided to drive out into the hill country and see if I stumble across anything interesting. Well, on my journey, I ended up at the Driftwood Estates Winery.
Although I'm not a big wine connoisseur, I still thought it may turn out to be an interesting place to shoot. When I saw the signs leading to this place, I had thought of French or Tuscan architecture and big rooms with huge barrels of wine aging to perfection. However, when I got there, pretty much all I saw were a couple of corrugated steel buildings and an outdoor sitting area where people could get an incredible view of the hill country and the accompanying vineyards. Well, I only had about 15 minutes before I had to double-back, so I set up my gear and took a couple of shots. This is the one I think turned out the best of the bunch. It's a couple just relaxing and enjoying the wonderful view. I thought it was just a nice moment captured between two people.
I think maybe I underestimated the place because there was an area setting up for a wedding later that afternoon. I think it must really be a nice place. I just wish I had more time there.
I had second thoughts about posting this shot because I wasn't sure if it was really worth it, but the more I look at it, it's beginning to grow on me. What do you think? I guess what I'm saying is, I'm looking for some constructive criticism here. Sometime I'd like to get into people shots, but in a discreet sort of way. Let me know if you think this is any good or not.
This was processed with my standard work-flow, of which I hope to publish relatively soon. The only difference is, this one was 3 raw brackets instead of 5. I merged it in Photoshop CS4, tonemapped it in Photomatix, and post-processed it in Photoshop using the Nik Color Efex plugin. I used the pro contrast, tonal contrast, bleach bypass and glamour glow filters at varying opacity levels. I cleaned it up with Noiseware Pro and sharpened with Nik Sharpener.
Lastly, I think this will be the last of my posts for the next two weeks or so as I'm heading off to Washington DC for a few days next week. Thanks for reading and I'll see you soon!
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