West Sac Photographer

By Mitchell Lorens in West Sacramento, Ca.

Wine and Almonds

It’s been a couple days since I’ve completed my “Final” version of a wine still life. It was a little more complicated than expected. Or else my standards are just very high. Actually – both. However, my completed wine shot is now posted.

A Karmère wine processed to a B&W

My first attempt was shooting this as a single object. I kind of like the simplicity of it here as a single bottle but perhaps a little on the “Meh” side. I processed this from color to black and white to see what I liked more. I thought it was as appealing in black and white as it was in color.

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Karmère in color

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Karmère wine and grapes – My final

 And then I decided to add a little. I thought the bottle seemed lonely so I added a traditional touch to it as you see here. A few grapes and a touch of green with the candle display. And so I considered this as my final version. So, enough of that. I added the green candle thing only because I liked how it contrasted with all the red. The wine label has a green component that I think was also brought out by the candle display. I learned quite a lot shooting this display and will definitely pursue more still life displays in the future.

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Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge located on the north side of the Sutter Buttes.

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Almond orchards all in bloom in February. That’s part of the Sutter Buttes in the background looking south.

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Looking up into the almond orchard blossoms and the blue sky

Last but not least, there are a couple of outdoor shots to add. We are  experiencing such Spring like weather that I couldn’t help but add some Almond Orchard shots and another from Gray Lodge both just on the north side of the Sutter Buttes – all taken just last week. If you’ve been driving around the Sacramento Valley at all these past couple of weeks you can’t help but notice some of the almond orchards – they are all in bloom. That’s a wrap for now.

One Response to “Wine and Almonds”

  1. jhertel1127

    Love the photos , especially of the almond trees in bloom . And the still lifes. it really takes a bit of work to set one up — i think my favorite is the color one after the grapes and candle were added. but i could easily see the B & W in an ad.

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