Author: Lee

Grape Pressing

Grape Pressing

Following on from my last post, I also hadn’t blogged about the grape pressing session that I was asked to document.

This really continued the #LifeofaGrape story line, after the harvest, the next step was the pressing process.

The smell of the grapes sitting in the vast containers was impressive,

The grapes had a stir or mix in these before being pouring into the vast drum,

The grapes were mixed up and compressed

With a grape liquid exiting the drum

This was just the next stage in the continued documenting of the year in the life of a vineyard.

If you click on the #LifeofaGrape link, you can view all the other stages and processes I documented through that year in the Vineyard.

Grape Harvest

Grape Harvest

I have recently realised that I never wrote a blog post about the vineyard harvest I took photo of during the year I documented a year on a vineyard. or as I called it, Life of a Grape!

So, better late the never, an September’s day in 2018 I was asked to come along to the vineyard and take photos of the harvest.

It was a nice day, but clouds were gathering, the team of volunteers having finished their tea and cakes got to work on harvesting. It was just one section of the vineyard that was being done that day, but there was plenty to do.

Grapes quickly filled their buckets, which in turn filled the crates…

These were then loaded on the the trailer to be brought into the barn…

and fed into the machines for de-stalking and then into large containers ready for the next stage..

The whole process was then repeated over and over again.

We managed to beat the weather and with the group of volunteers this section of the vineyard was harvested in just a few hours.

It was great to be able to witness this first hand to see and document the process for the vineyard. I then returned a few days later to document the pressing process.

Wine Bottle Products

Wine Bottle Products




Over the past few years, I’ve been taking photos for a local vineyard. (See Life of a Grape link below).

I spent a year photographing the key stages of the work process, from the initial pruning of the last years vines, through to harvesting and bottling.

Then, of course, the all important bottles shots.

I’ve taken some nice on location images,

plus standard products shots.

I’ve varied the style over the years based on requirements and needs for that photo.

The first photos were full product images, inline with an existing lighting style of past photos.

I’ve also taken some more ‘interesting’ photos with coloured background to match the bottle labels.

This year a new wine was produced. This came in a different style bottle and was sparkling. So I used a different setup to show off the colour…

and the bubbles, by adding to glasses to the shoot.

The latest wine, I was asked again to show the colour, so I used the same lighting, but on a normal bottle.

If you run a vineyard and would like a free quotation for some product photos, process photos or a ‘Year in a Vineyard’ shoot, please contact me using the link in the Commercial Work page below.

A Wet Walk around Belstone

A Wet Walk around Belstone

A couple of days ago, my Son and I decided to head out with the cameras and visit Dartmoor again.

Its the first time I’ve been in over a year, maybe 2 years, so it was nice to get out exploring again.

We went search of the Nine Maidens, which took me a while to find, but we have amazing view whilst searching.

and then the rain came!

So, a slight change of plan and after a hot chocolate, the sun came out a bit and we explored again, this time in Belstone Cleave. Another Dartmoor 365 square for me!

The cleave was really interesting and I need to revisit next time, but we both came back with lots on interesting photos.

I’ve drawn out the route we took, slightly erratic, but that’s the fun!

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 16 – Beverages

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 16 – Beverages

If you are still doing my challenges, you deserve a pat on the back and a drink!

This week is then Beverages!



or something non alcoholic

I hope you are enjoying them!

Then as usual, show me what you’ve taken via the challenge tag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 15 – Black and White

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 15 – Black and White

This is week is all about Black and White. Ideally this is monochrome or black and white images taken straight in the camera and not vivid colours converted in photoshop. Minor tweaks are allowed though.

So look for objects that are primarily monochrome black and white and see just how many you can find. I have a feeling this could be quite abstract too!

Then as usual, show me what you’ve taken via the challenge tag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 14 – Abstract

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 14 – Abstract

How is everyone getting on the my CV Photo Challenges during lockdown? Please do post them to Social Media using the hashtag below, I enjoy seeing them and reply to every post.

Right, week 14 is… Abstract.

Lets get creative and make some abstract photos, then show me what you’ve taken via the challenge tag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 13 – Toys

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 13 – Toys

This week I’m ahead of the game. I chose a new topic last night. Toys. Then photographed a sample image this morning for you! (If you wanted to know, it took 3 hours to create!)

So raid the attic search your kids toy boxes, build a lego set and get ready for the toy challenge!


Then show me all your creations and toy photos you’ve taken via the challenge tag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 12 – The Elements

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 12 – The Elements

Ok, this week challenge, is a real challenge!

It’s the elements, the 4 elements, Earth, Water, Air and Fire.

I’d like to see photos of these elements, but all taken in the same style, so not just photos of each one.

Photoshop, is allowed as long as it’s using your own photos for minimal editing and joining the images together.

It’s a toughy, it’s new for me too, so I’v had a challenge this week to create a sample image and here it is.

Then show me all your interesting challenge photos this week via the challenge tag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 11 – Food

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 11 – Food

I don’t know if you had the same issues, but I found last weeks challenge a bit tricky, trying to find interesting Red things! So this week is a little easier. Food! Just make sure you don’t eat it both photographing it

This image I photographed this week, wk 10, as my Wife wanted to open the Olive Oil!

I know we did in the Kitchen and Bottles and Cans challenges, for which some of us might have photographed food, but at least a direct food challenges allows us to open those cans or bottles!
So show me all your interesting food challenge photos this week via the challenge tag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.