Autumn Stream HDR

Abingdon Vineyard and Winery, Abingdon Virginia

HDR image of a creek running through woods showing brilliant fall colors
Autumn Stream HDR

Nancy and I arrived at Abingdon Vineyard and Winery about an hour before sunset, when the sun is low in the west and the shadows are lengthening. Abingdon was that day’s last stop in the “Nine Days of Virginia Wine” tour through southwest Virginia (part of our larger “150 wineries in 150 days” quest). The winery is set in the woods, on the banks of the south fork of the Holston River. The fall colors were already past their peak and the leaves were falling, but the woods still blazed with golden hues. Standing next to the stream, I was looking due west; the warm sunset light backlit the fall colors in the woods, making the scene glow. The colors were impossibly vibrant and saturated. I decided to try an HDR capture. Later, after about 30 minutes exploring and taking photos, Nancy and I settled in on the porch over a nice glass of red wine. We chatted with the winery staff and watched the woods darken as the sun finally went down.

(Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70mm zoom lens at 32mm, ISO 200 and f/5. Nine shots bracketing 1/80 sec. for an exposure range from -4 to +4 EV.)

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