A Project for the Year

Last week between work and some family stuff, the time just got away from me so I apologize for missing a blog. Each year Roger and I like to challenge ourselves to try and learn more and grow in our photography.  The last years Roger has taken on his Civil War Sesquicentennial project and I explored HDR processing.  In December I still hadn't figured out what I was going to do for this year, and as I was writing my schedule for blog topics, I was beginning to worry.   It isn't any secret to my friends and family that I really like wine. Finally during the first snowstorm of the season here in the cold dark depths of winter, I had a flash of brilliance.  OK, maybe not brilliance, but at least a small spark.  Over the years, I’ve shot quite a few photos in and around vineyards (over 700 actually), but they have been artifacts of visiting the wineries, not the reason for visiting.  

Cliff Lede Vineyards

Cliff Lede Vineyards

We are fortunate to live in the heart of the Virginia Wine country and to know quite a few of the owners and winemakers around us.  My plan for this year is quite simple, I am going to attempt to capture the entire annual cycle of 1 or 2 of my local vineyards.  Starting in the chill of the winter, when the vines are dormant, I want to follow the vines, the land, the events and the people throughout the year.   

Barboursville

Barboursville

.   Watching the buds develop in the spring and see as they ripen during the summer.

Every month I will revisit the land as the grapes are ready to harvest and then as they are processed into wine.  

I am going to try and build specific portfolios of images the owners will be pleased to display.  Fair warning, I will be sharing the process and my progress on the blog.  I hope the project will prove as interesting to you as I expect it to be for me.