Saturday, October 29, 2011

2010_11_06 McLaren Vale vineyard walk

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Decided to go for a vineyard and cellar door photo shooting on a weekend although the clouds don’t looked so kind as i got closer and closer to McLaren Vale, a town famous for its wineries, second to Barossa Valley. Many people visit this place due to its close proximity to the town and located in between Adelaide and Victor Harbour (relax and beaches). However, it took me 1 and half hours and careful planning of time to get here!!!

The slightly overcast day somehow created a perfect shooting days as i’m pretty much shooting more close up rather than landscape photos, so the overcast kinda brought up the colours and did not cast shadows on my subjects!!!

Once i got to the town, it’s all walking and shooting!!!
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Saw these lavenders at bloom with all the bees hovering around, catching them on the shot required patience, haha.

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Then it’s all vineyard shooting all the way…


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Saw this patch of meadow like grass with yellow wildflowers at bloom!!!

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Love how these old vines kinda twist around showing its wrinkle!!!

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New leaves and new grapes after trimming which is a painful job!!!

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I got the guts to open up the gate to the patchy grass, in fact it wasn’t lock, haha.

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Suddenly got this idea of shooting the bag and the map, which turned out to be eye-resting point!!!

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Amazing vines twisting!!!

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Some more vines stem twisting and the early soon to be grapes in a few months’ time!!!

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Came upon this Maxwell winery/cellar door, saw this beautiful line up of vineyards from the hill, really pretty!!!

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But i was chased down by this hound and its mate!!!

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Didn’t thought the macro world of this flower looked so pretty before i shot it!!!

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Wana sit down with a glass of red/white wine at hand while enjoying the splendid view?? This is how most Aussies spent their time at the cellar doors!!!

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I just love the wine barrels and this old wheel cart. Love the rusty look of it!!!

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Love how the sky was lit up!!!!

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Not the perfect photo, but love the way it leads the viewer into!!!

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Tapestry cellar door!!

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A glass of wine someone???!!!

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Saw this family walking down towards the vineyards, the thought of shooting them came into mind. I chased up against them and tried to shoot their photos which turned to be one of the best photos i have taken with people in it, the kids being so innocent and natural!!! Since then i craved for shooting landscape photos with human subjects!!!

Note: do ask the people for permission for shooting before you start, i was lucky he did not get angry at me when he got up to me asking me why am i taking photos?? haha…i have to explain, luckily he took it all in :)


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We always look from our standing point of view, but actually the undergrowth of the vineyards was very pretty too especially during spring when the flowers add to the beauty of the vineyards!!!

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Not a perfect shot as the focus was not quiet what i wanted, but i liked how the photo lead the viewer and blur out behind!!!

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Sometimes you wondered how these vineyards can be so straight!!! Century old vines with lots of care and trimming!!!!

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The weather was not on my side, hence i shorten my walk to hit the main road, thought of hitch hiking on the way back to town since it’s likely to rain!!!

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Love all the shots from today!!! Though hitch-hiking wasn’t easy!!! Hitch-hiking really isn’t common on the mainland of Australia. I have to wave and walked at the same time, until a nice couple who live in the town decided that i’m no harm and turned back to pick me up!!! Had a nice chat with them!!! Lovely couple!!!

Hope ya enjoyed all the photos!!! 

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