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  • Wine bottles and glasses fill out the place settings for dinner in the wine cellar.
    Photo of a sailboat inside a wine glass at sunset.
    Colorful out-of-focus lights surround a bottle of port and 2 glasses.
    A falcon with wings spread lands on a falconer’s hand before a crowd.
    3 couples kiss around a red convertible sports car in front of a vineyard.
    Woman pours wine for eager tasters in Valentines costumes.
    Wine bottle surrounded by hundreds of squiggles of colored lights.
    Santa having a cookie and glass of wine.
    Wine Bottle surrounded by spilt apples and cranberries with colorful background lights.
    4 couples pose outside the Marilyn Remark winery.
    A couple drinks wine in a bare winter vineyard.
    Man pours a glass of wine for another man at a wine festival.
  • Bottle of Hahn Pinot Noir wine and glass of wine with artichokes, strawberries and blackberries on a barrel top with a vineyard in the background
    Cluster of green Chardonnay grapes dripping wet.
    Aerial photo of vineyards with autumn colors.
    Blurry photo of a autumn-colored vineyard exploding with paint strokes.
    Photo of an autumn vineyard in a painterly style
    Grape vines with colorful lights in the night sky.
    Windmill with “Pessagno Winery” printed on the tail.
    Wine lovers line up for pours of Rarilyn Remark red wine.
    Man pours wine for festival goers.
    Out of focus man hold his logo wine glass up to the camera.
    A happy couple enjoy a romantic afternoon in wine country.
    BBQ chef carves up ribs.
  • Bottle and glass of Pessagno Chardonnay in a vineyard.
    3 women smile and pose with wine glasses.
    Woman pours wine for man across bar.
    Close up of wine dripping down the side of a winer glass in front of colored lights.
    3 people sip wine on a patio with mountains in the background.
    Wine festival under trees.
    Wine festival with red and pink decorations in a vineyard.
    Bottles of wine and glasses of wine and roses by candlelight.
    A line of Cabernet Sauvignon wine bottles drops out of focus.
    3 wine bottles on a bar surrounded by wine corks in front of a red wall with CM logo.
    Close-up of black and gold Pinot Noir bottles falling out of focus.
  • Close-up of a line of Chardonnay bottles in a line falling out of focus.
    Close-up of a line of wine bottles in a line falling out of focus.
    Looking up at a cluster of wine bottles with barrels in the background.
    3 wine bottles on a bar surrounded by wine corks in front of a red wall with CM logo.
    Wine bottle and glass of red wine with stacked wine barrels in the background.
    Close-up of a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon with stacked wine barrels in the background.
    Wine bottle and glass of Cabernet Sauvignon on a wooden table in a wine cellar with a row of bottles in the background.
    Wine bottle and glass of Cabernet Sauvignon on a wooden table in a wine cellar with a row of bottles in the background.
    Wine bottle and glass of Pinot Noir on a wooden table in a wine cellar with a row of bottles in the background.
    Wine bottle and glass of Chardonnay on a wooden table in a wine cellar with a row of bottles in the background.
    Celestial White Cabernet Sauvignon bottle on black background.
    Celestial Chardonnay bottle on black background.
  • 6 wine bottles on white background.
    SLH Pinot Noir in a Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans logo wine glass with an out-of-focus vineyard and blue sky in the background.
    SLH Pinot Noir being aerated as it pours into a Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans logo wine glass.
    Enthusiastic winery staff party.
    A winemaker poses with her bottles.
    Volunteer of the Year Award recipient poses with his award in from of SLH vineyards.
    Chef Todd goofing off in front of a rustic window stage prop.
    Wrath’s winemaker poses with her bottles.
    2 Chefs display a roast pig with a wall of wine barrels in the background.

Wine & Vineyard Photography – The Wines & Wildlife

Steve Zmak has done a number of assignments for California wineries and wine organizations including conceptual photo illustrations for magazine covers, location and studio bottle shots, event coverage, advertising photos, portraits, label design, and of course the grapes, vines and vineyard landscape. His photographic imagery goes beyond the literal presentation of a subject to releasing its energy and exposing its inner light in new and unique ways, including his award-winning Lens Painting technique for a painterly effect.

Wrath’s winemaker poses with her bottles.

Winemaker Sabrine Rodems posed with her bottles of Pinot Noir. The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA begins just inland from my Marina home studio in the Salinas Valley and their annual gala is the signature event for this award-winning wine region. It brings out the finest local chefs and vintners showing off their artistry for a discriminating crowd of enthusiastic oenophiles.

 

Photo of an autumn vineyard in a painterly style

This is an example of Lens Painting: 3 types of motion blur combined to create painterly-like imagery. This is from the Opolo Vineyards in West Paso Robles.