I had hoped to have a few more images, but the new client and life kept getting in the way. Oh well, it is what it is.
As part of our vacation, we did a short trip to Kelowna, in BC's Okanagan Valley. I got a few nice images, but not all of them readily lent themselves to Black & White. I like these.
One of our first stops was West Kelowna's Mission Hill winery. The winery was established in 1966. The current building is best known for it's 12 story high bell tower. I noticed two things immediately: a heckuva lot of tourists and very high prices. We decided to limit our keep sakes to photographs. Believe it or not, this first 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. I think that the Black & White version is a lot nicer than the colour version. But, hey, I'm biased.
The next day, our quest for an affordable case of wine took us to the Penticton/Naramata area. 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 it 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.
I did the full treatment for all three images. Started in Lightroom, switched to Nik's Color Efex Pro, then Silver Efex Pro. The door handle was shot at ISO 12800. The truck was at ISO 64.
Thanks for looking, everyone.