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.