Earlier this week I had an opportunity to visit and photograph some Napa Valley wineries that have very compelling architectural aspects. One of the more interesting was the Quixote Winery located a few miles north of Napa, California. It was designed by famous Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) who has no other buildings in the United States. Apparently Hundertwasser had a lot of rules, among which were: 1) No straight lines, 2) Roofs are planted with grass and trees, 3) Every building is capped with a gold leaf onion dome to elevate man's sense of himself, and 4) Color is king.
Thanks for the helpful reply. Here I thought that the unusual architecture of this facility would generate a host of responses to these images. Instead the reaction to this post until now has been so underwhelming that I was beginning to think that I might end up with a goose egg in the Replies column!
In #2 the original image had a high dynamic range issue with a very bright sky and deep shadows in the doorway area under the overhang. I had to do much lightening of shadows to make the details under the overhang more apparent and considerable darkening of highlights to reduce the brightness of the sky. I didn't think that I had overdone it but perhaps to your eye it looks like I went further than was needed. Guess in my defense I'll have to plead personal taste!
Thanks much for your comments. I'm glad that you like the images.
For your information my 24-85 zoom is not the f/3.5-4.5 VR model of recent origin but rather the older f/2.8-4 design that Nikon came out with a number of years ago. I bought it new at the same time I bought my D700 in February 2009.
Thanks, Mark. We visited a couple of other Napa Valley wineries that also had interesting architecture, although not quite as far out as at Quixote Winery. I hope to post some more winery architecture shots in the near future.
Thanks. I recently saw a TV program that featured Gaudi's masterpiece, Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, Spain. Gaudi got the basilica project in the 1880s, and it's hoped that it will finally be finished in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death.