Thursday, May 22, 2008

Infrared look-a-like in the Vineyard

This is the "straight" photograph of a remote experimental Zerba Winery vineyard near Milton-Freewater that will be in my new Oregon: The Taste of Wine book.

While working on some fine-art prints for a show at Argyle Winery–check it out in the heart of Willamette Valley Wine Country, Dundee, Oregon–I wanted to create a different look. Remembering way back to the infrared photography unit I taught as a high school art/photography teacher, I wanted to recreate that same look and fee. After quite a bit of experimenting, here's the infrared-look-alike result. Through masking, I did allow a bit of the original image color bleed through the clouds.

What do you think?

This is the same Zerba vineyard photograph with the Photoshop-induced infrared look.

This is another view of that same Zerba vineyard. Check out the tumble weeds blown against the Cabernet vines. At sunrise when this photo was taken, there was a slight refreshing dry breeze that was a welcome start to the 100 degree day. Coyotes howled in the distance and hawks soared overhead. Located at the barren foothills of the Blue Mountains, the vineyard sits on a gentle north by northwest slope on the old Jon Cockburn Ranch.

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