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Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

Bordeaux Wine Country


We’re just back from three weeks in Europe – a whirlwind through England, France, Portugal and Spain. We spent two days in the area of Bordeaux.


OK, I’m embarrassed to say I’ve forgotten the name of this very famous chateau. I’m sure one of you will remind me! The chateau was closed – we just had a chance to photograph it from the road. I imagined a damsel in distress calling out to us from one of the towers.

We did visit an amazing wine property in St. Estephe, Chateau Phelan Segur.


This is part of the exterior of the beautifully maintained chateau. Pictured below is the view from the main building out towards the Geronne River. Chateau Phelan Segur owns all the land down to the river’s edge.


Here’s the chateau label. We were fortunate enough to taste several of their recent vintages – all delicious, even at 10am in the morning.


We visited the chateau on September 15th. In most years, they’d be getting ready for the harvest, but this year, because of unusual summer weather, the grapes will be harvested in mid-October. We tried a few grapes off the vine – very tasty! Notice the rocky soil – part of what makes Bordeaux wines so special.


After a hard morning (not really!) touring, we had a lovely lunch in the town of Bordeaux, at this hotel, with its quintessentially French facade.

More pictures to follow from our trip.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

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Civil War Reenactors

Last week, I attended a photography conference in Washington. As part of the conference, I took a location workshop at a Virginia  plantation where we photographed some Civil War reenactors.

One of the workshop leaders was Joe McNally, a photographer whose work I greatly admire. Joe has done something like 30 National Geographic articles and has been published in numerous other magazines. Joe is pictured here. He’s a terrific teacher with a great sense of humor.

More of the reenactors below. Have you noticed yet that everyone is turning to camera left? Maybe because the shooter is left handed?

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.


pictures from in and around Santa Fe

I’ve just finished a week in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on a terrific workshop with Marti Jeffers.  Tonight we’ll post a few images I took during the week. The picture above was taken near Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch. Although I used a polarizing filter to punch up the color of the sky, it really was a rich blue. The light in this area is amazing and one can see how O’Keeffe chose this as a place to live and paint.

This is an abandoned building near Taos. It has apparently been for sale for many years. I have to be honest and say there was only one bird in the picture – I added a second one in Photoshop.

This was the exterior of a fancy hotel in Santa Fe. The luminaries are common throughout Santa Fe, as are, of course, adobe structures. For this image, I used a wide-angle lens and positioned the camera just a few inches away from the big luminary.

The sunsets in Northern New Mexico are fabulous. It may be the altitude and the dry air. This shot was taken on a hill overlooking Santa Fe. I haven’t shot many sunsets and vow to do more. You have to work fast, as the light changes very quickly.

And finally, below, taken back at The Ghost Ranch, is an image that includes a silhouette of your humble servant. As always, thanks for reading my blog posts!