How I know God guides my photography.....

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies announce what his hands have made. Day after day they tell the story; night after night they tell it again. They have no speech or words; they have no voice to be heard. But their message goes out through all the world; their words go everywhere on earth."
Psalm 19: 1 - 4 (NCV).

Every time I look through the lens of my camera I see God working. Every day He reveals His majesty. Every night He shows me how He creates beauty even in the darkness. Even if I had not known Him before I started taking photos, the moment I looked at His creation up close (or far away) I see His glory and He guides me to see His beauty in all He has created. Photography just allows me to capture an image of what He has created.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Villa Toscano Winery

In a remote small hillside, near the town of Plymouth, California, there is a winery that will take you away to the Tuscan hills of Northern Italy. The view from the winery across acres of rolling hills filled with grapevines and old oaks is breathtaking. The view of the winery is something also.

Ponds and Roman statues and a building right out of and Italian romance film. Villa Toscano Winery (off Hwy. 49 on Shenandoah Road) is beautiful any day of the year. It’s especially beautiful just after a good rain (and especially late in the day after a good rain).

This picture was taken on just such a day back on January 3, 2007 (about 1:49 P.M) and just between two giant storms. Again, being at the right place at the right time can (and for me often does) make for a better picture. This photo was taken with my DSLR camera with an exposure of 1/45 of a second at F/13. I was about 50 feet from the building and my lens focal length was 23mm (focal length in 35mm film is 34mm).

Any day is a great day to visit the Shenandoah Road wineries, however, if you want to avoid the crowded roads (and packed wineries), venture out on a day when the weatherperson says you can expect large cumulus clouds (you know the kind – those puffy cotton balls floating in the sky – the bigger, the better).

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