Nov 192010

An old vine with grapes in autumn draped against a weathered door.

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Another find on a walk through our back alleys. For some reason, this makes me think of my great-grandmother…

November 22 variation per Andreas’ comment:

An old vine with grapes in autumn draped against a weathered door.

Lumix DMC-FZ40; f/4 @ 1/25sec, ISO 200 (handheld);
Focal length: 8.1mm (49mm EFL)

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  6 Responses to “Vintage Vine”

  1. OK. I have looked at many, many vine images. They are so difficult to shoot. This is amazing. Artistic, gauzy, whimsical. You nailed it! Go Lumix!

  2. April, this same species of vine crawls all over certain walls and pillars at the Grounds for Sculpture near me. I think it’s so beautiful in the late fall after the leaves have fallen and then we see the red stems and slate blue berries.

    You’ve captured it beautifully.

    You mentioned using the Lumix to let your elbow heal from lugging around the heavier camera system. I had this same problem last year when I was lugging a tripod plus many of the lenses I own, plus one or two bodies.

    It took a couple of months of not carting all this stuff around for my elbows to feel normal again. I had to learn the hard way how much I can carry and how to carry it. So this is why I no longer lug a tripod. I just have to shoot different types of images.

  3. I’m glad it speaks to you too, Usha and Flo.

    Flo, at one point last December I could barely use my index finger to press the shutter release; that was frightening. As you note, I’d much rather adapt to a new system or approach than not be able to photograph!

  4. Completely unreal. Wonderful. Hmm … I’d probably have taken the green out of the leaf in the lower left corner. Tonally it’s perfectly balanced with the darker spot diagonally across, but a single spot of green that near the edge has enormous power to pull you out of the frame.

    It is a nice accent, but still, I’d locally convert its color to a rusty red with low saturation and tone it probably down a bit. I’ve just tried a quick job and I think it’s better. Otoh, tastes are so subjective and this is a superb image in any case.

  5. Thanks for your feedback, Andreas! I’ve posted a variation, incorporating your suggestion and flipped back to the capture’s original orientation.

  6. Aahh, funny, I had to scroll up and down several times until I saw what you mean with “original orientation”. So, obviously, this is an image where flipping it does not matter. Speaks to the balance of it. Nice 🙂

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