Sonoma Valley Harvest

Harvest is coming to an end in Sonoma wine country, and along with being one of my favorite times of year, it's also one of my favorite things to shoot. It reminds me of going to gigs at Sir Henry's in Cork, Ireland as a teen. Everyone is hopping about the place, the energy is high but all are in sync with the music. Shooting a pic is like that in the way that you're not only trying to avoid getting in the way of the workers (who are running with the boxes of grapes on their heads, shouting in spanish) but trying to get the shot from the middle of it.

In photography (like writing music) there's always magic that happens if you allow space for it. These are the happy accidents that occur when you capture the moment as it unravels. There are many wonderful shots from the sunrise pick at VJB Vineyards & Cellars yesterday, but this photo captures a moment after the t-bin tractor had driven up the row to swap out the full bins of grapes. It kicked up quite a bit of dust and one of the vineyard workers walked up behind to help out. I knocked off this shot before the dust settled.

Kim Carroll