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#1 Sailjunkie

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 11:50 PM

I posted some images from this trip in the July B & W.  I’ll post a few more, plus colour versions of the other images.

 

As part of our vacation, we did a weekend trip to Kelowna, in BC's Okanagan Valley.   

One of our first stops was West Kelowna's Mission Hill winery.  

 

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The winery was established in 1966.  I noticed two things immediately:  a heckuva lot of tourists and very high prices.  On the other hand, the staff couldn’t be friendlier.  Alas, we decided to limit our keep sakes to photographs.

 

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I really wanted to get a shot of Mission Hill’s spectacular bell tower, but there were just too many people around, to make a good image.  However, the consolation prize is a spectacular view, looking down Okanagan Lake.

 

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Believe it or not, this image is of a door handle.

 

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What is it's significance?  Your guess is as good as mine.  I do know that it is front and centre on the winery's home page.

 

Then we have this, for a bit of mystery.

 

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I’m assuming that it was used for either storing or transporting wine.  However, I couldn’t find out anything about it on the web site.   Angela heard that it had been buried underground, but I couldn’t learn anything else about it.

 

The next day, our quest for an affordable case of wine took us to the Penticton/Naramata area.  Our first stop, however, was at the West Bank Museum in West Kelowna.  It was a modest building.  However, it contained many stories and artifacts, including a bible that was more than 400 years old.  

 

However, two items stood out for me:  first, the old camera; second the old typewriter.  I figured that my Planet Nikon colleagues would never speak to me again I didn’t come back with at least one image of this incredible camera. 

 

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I was interested in the typewriter because Declining Technologies are one of my camera club’s summer assignments.  If you doubt that this is a declining technology, just ask yourself when was the last time that you saw one actually being used?   ;) 

 

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We had success with the wine, but not as much luck with some fruit, to bring home.  This was odd.  When I was a kid, a trip to the Okanagan was a great chance to stock up on fruit.  You couldn't drive half a mile without seeing at least 3 or 4 peach and cherry stands.  No more, it seems.  As a guess, I would say that there are 20 wineries for every fruit stand.  I know that some fruit wasn't in season yet, but we could always see the empty stands, just waiting for a few more weeks,

 

We finally found one stand just south of Summerland.  I was going to go inside with Angela when I noticed the coolest, gnarliest old Chevy pickup truck parked outside. 

 

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To say that truck brought a smile to my face, would be the understatement of the year.  I happily clicked the shutter while Angela went inside, to find some fruit.  As it turns out, I got more images than she got fruit.  Early July was too soon for most growers.  Still, that truck was cool. 

 

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I did the full treatment for all images.  Started in Lightroom, switched to Nik's Color Efex Pro, or Silver Efex Pro.  The inside shots were shot at ISO 12800.  The truck was at ISO 64.

 

Thanks for looking, everyone.   :) 

 


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 12:09 AM

Wonderful series!  We spend a lot of time in the south Okanagan as we have friends in Osoyoos.

The mysterious vase is an amphora I believe.  There are modern ones replicating the ancient Greek ones that look similar.

We're finding the wineries are becoming more and more pretentious as the tourism numbers go up.

Did you come back through Keremeos?  There is an older truck on the south end that I keep meaning to stop and shoot.

Looks like you had a great trip though!


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 02:39 AM

Excellent series Mark .... looks likke a great trip.


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:31 AM

Great series Mark! The pick-up shots are my favorites.


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 07:41 AM

Fantastic series well done!

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 10:23 AM

Mark,

 

Excellent series, looks like a great place for a vacation and photo op! Well done.


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 12:06 PM

Nice series Mark, I do like the camera.


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 12:10 PM

Did you come back through Keremeos?  There is an older truck on the south end that I keep meaning to stop and shoot.

 

Thanks for the kind words, Gordon.  To answer your question, we used the Okanagan Connector, there and back.  We'd thought about going back through Keremeos, but there was a large wildfire in the Princeton area that was threatening the Highway.

 

I think that we'll back there again.  Friends of ours recently relocated to Oliver, and I also love that part of the country.  :)


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 12:10 PM

Many thanks for the kind words, everyone.  :)


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 12:13 PM

Nice series Mark, I do like the camera.

 

Thanks, Dennis.  

 

I really can't say enough good things about the D810.  I've had it for 2 years now, yet still making pleasing new discoveries.  :)


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 12:40 PM

Outstanding series Mark - makes me want to visit BC in the summer.


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 11:45 AM

Thanks, Don.

 

Visit BC?  I think that you would have a wonderful time.  There are many wonderful places to see.  :)


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:07 PM

Actually, my wife and I have been talking about moving to Canada. Maybe Alberta, or BC.
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Posted 07 August 2017 - 03:40 PM

Superb series, Mark!

 

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 01:28 PM

Actually, my wife and I have been talking about moving to Canada. Maybe Alberta, or BC.

 

Really?  

 

Alberta and BC are both lovely provinces.  Do you have specific areas in mind?  :)


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