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Berryessa Gap

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 23 July 2008 in Food & Cuisine and Portfolio.

Today's post is dedicated to Sherri Schaefer Bagby. She is known to most of us as a frequent contributor to this Aminus3 Blog experience. Sherri is also active over at VFXY - where her portfolio is - as of yesterday - number 4! This in a field of around 5000 photographers. Her daily narratives and literary attributions along with her daily imagery posts - are always a rich and rewarding experience.

I thought of her as I captured this image. Something about the small store in the small rural town. The three light fixtures located above the three street windows. Another set of three windows above.

My hope is that she'll forgive my hopeless attempt to emulate her style. This done in the spirit of -
" ...imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. "


'Berryessa Gap' is a winery at the northern end of the Solano Valley - about 110 km (65 miles) northeast of San Francisco. This little retail shop which serves as their tasting room - is in the nearby little town of Winters.

I've not spoken with anyone about this store. My guess is the owners looked at the question - "What do we do with a quality winery that is located far from any well-traveled road?" This seems to be their answer. This 'tasting room' is open only on Fridays and Saturdays for a few hours each day - 'or by appointment'.

" . . . Take another glass of wine, and excuse my mentioning that society as a body does not expect one to be so strictly conscientious in emptying one's glass, as to turn it bottom upwards with the rim on one's nose."
- Charles Dickens, 'Great Expectations'

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dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

evening Stephen! :) a very intriguing shot -- i keep looking for some sort of clues! i like the different groupings of 3's and the thin wafer of blue sky! love the charles dickens quote -- priceless! :) hey -- did you get the comments i left on your other site? i only ask because i never saw any of them post! it wasn't the joy of light site -- it was another host site that started w/ a 'P'?? had yellow font and grey background? hmm... hope you did -- went through your favorites! i might just need to go to your direct site next time... :(

23 Jul 2008 5:43am

@dj.tigersprout: DJ - I did. They posted. I wrote you back about an hour ago - via e-mail. Let me know if you don't get my e-mail.

Ekaputra Tupamahu from Malang, Indonesia

fantastic shot! well done!

23 Jul 2008 7:36am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Hong Kong

The image has a dramatic perspective that transports the viewer. A great photo, Stephen. You've also reminded me to have a look at Sherri's work.

23 Jul 2008 11:00am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks, Michael.

Marcie from United States

Love your perspective and point of view! Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Really nice.

23 Jul 2008 12:39pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

great angle

23 Jul 2008 1:24pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Thank you so much for your kind words. You'll never know how much they mean to me and it would be the same if I were number 4,000. To me, blogging is about the feeling of community:-)

The light fixtures on this structure are nearly identical as some used in our small towns and I've always loved them. Beautiful reflections in this capture. You know what my eye focused on? The vase in the window. I find it intriguing. A wonderful image and thank you:-)

23 Jul 2008 1:50pm

@sherri: Sherri -

I joined AM3 and VFXY back in May and you were instrumental in welcoming me and in showing me 'the ropes'. I love what you and John have created in 'Pearweed'. Your posts resonated with me from the outset - and quickly became an anticipated part of my day.

Community is exactly the radiant thread that brings depth to what happens here. And the fact that this community is global - embracing all peoples - is sweet indeed. Blogs of all types are providing a path for direct communications for people everywhere. The feeling is transcendent. It is empowering. May it help lead to a time when our humanity will trump the greed and politics of the few. Those who would have us aim guns rather than cameras at one another. Now that is a picture we all can all get our hands - and our hearts - around and around.

See The Light from Newcastle, United States

wonderful post.... just love the quote.

23 Jul 2008 5:01pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good composition and light. The angular gives a splendid perspective.
Thanks for your comments

23 Jul 2008 5:08pm