Art and wine festival at Saratoga

I was lucky enough to get assigned the cover story for the Saratoga News this week. It was to cover the Art and Wine festival called Taste of Saratoga. Its an annual event held in Big Basin Way, the main street in the downtown area.

I started by myself at the bottom of the street, and decided to get immediately engaged in shooting. Sometimes I like to browse around beforehand and pick out some likely places/ people to shoot. With something like this, the event is so big and constantly changing- its better to be a “Grabbit Rabbit” and just pick up things that are interesting or compelling.

One of the first shots that I was happy with was the artist portrait of Nilou Rahimi– she was with a group of people that were hugging and laughing. I picked up on the energy of the group and approached for a photo. The work was compelling and made for a great comparison between the artist and the work.

Artist and her work- I prefered the off camera look to a direct stare

Artist and her work- I prefered the off camera look to a direct stare

I needed a good option for a cover. When walking through an open area- I spotted these two, and thought that they would make for a good “look.” They were flattered to be asked, in fact they were recent newlyweds. However they were low on wine and did not want for the shot to be lame. They did not have any tickets left- and started to question whether it was viable. I said I was happy to wait. A friend of theirs came to the rescue and offered them tickets. The drinks were filled and the shot came to be. I shot with a flash in hand off camera – using the Nikon Creative Lighting wireless system – TTL balanced fill flash exposure compensation.

Newlyweds doing a distinctive wedding pose

Newlyweds doing a distinctive wedding pose

There was a booth that I was personally impressed with. Bikers Against Child Abuse. I captured this engaging composition under the diffused light of the display tent with no flash or modifiers needed. Just waited for a moment that showed everything from the application of the temporary tattoo to the bikers in the background. This frame worked the best for me from the range I shot.

I like the diffused lighting underneath the tents provided

I like the diffused lighting underneath the tents provided

Often times walking through events you are shooting blind. I like to go and meet with organizers and get a better understanding of what is important to them about the event- they often can give a different insight about what’s going on. I spotted Marilyn White speaking with a police officer and approached her. She told me all about the new “Gourmet Terrace” a cool idea the organizers came up with this year. The concept is that a bunch of restaurants contributed food, and created a platter for punters to sample. A great way to try out the restaurants from a region in one go!

The behind the scenes folks are just as important to the story as the punters

The behind the scenes folks are just as important to the story as the punters

The final shot is what I think is a good idea for art rather than a great shot- I like this idea of art from the Santa Cruz Tiki Shack. It uses a solid block of wood and carves out a Hawaiian inspired totem style art piece. If I had a garden, I would for sure like to get some of these pieces!

Lifesize artwork that would be fun in the back yard

Lifesize artwork that would be fun in the back yard

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