Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Grapes of Wrath (B&W)

As I mentioned here, I visited the Duoro River Valley while vacationing in Portugal earlier this year.  My friend Laura and I rented a car and drove through the hills overlooking the river, stopping at quintas to quench our thirst (for port that is).  But we didn't just sit and sip our port and enjoy the scenery.  We trekked through the quintas, taking photos.  Laura had encouraged me to experiment more with black & white photography, so I kept alternating between taking photos of the luscious grapes in vivid greens and trying to capture in black & white the contrast played in the leaves by the bright sun and dark shadows, as shown here.

I figured that this little study of mine, in black and white, would be perfect for black and white Wednesdays, hosted by the Long Road to China.  I wish I had more time to tell you more, but work beckons.  But once I finish what will surely be a long work week, I'm going to celebrate with a glass of port.  Seems fitting with these photos.

(Quinta do Panascal, Portugal, photographed in June 2010)


  1. Lovely captures! I love them all but realllly like the second one! Fabulous!

  2. I love the grapes photo! So pretty!

  3. I must agree...I love the grape shot too. You've done a great job capturing the light in all the photos though.

    Erika B

  4. Those grape leaves look perfect for stuffed grape leaves! so delicious!

    d e g a i n e

  5. Great pictures! Fabulous black and white photos for this week!

  6. I love the close-ups of the curly-cued vines.