Living on the gorgeous California Central Coast brings many blessings, especially for wine lovers who are fortunate enough to reside in the North County area. In recent years Paso Robles and the so-called Templeton Gap region have become renowned for their abundance, variety, and quality of superb wines. The area is a haven for budding and experienced winemakers alike from all over the world, amply demonstrated by the numerous award-winning wines produced. This winter has brought us some much-needed rain along with several severe storms – a photographer’s delight.
During an excursion along rural Highway 46 West in Paso Robles, I waited for a storm to clear over some vineyards near Peachy Canyon. The late afternoon cloud formations were stunning, and formed a large thick swath of dark puffy clouds over the grapevines. This image is an HDR photograph generated by combining multiple RAW files taken at different shutter speeds, then merged and tonemapped in Photomatix software. The composite image was further processed in Lightroom 4 and onOne Software’s Perfect Effects, a favorite of mine. Hope you enjoy viewing the image as much as I did experiencing the scene.