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Old Blue Truck – Mendoza, Argentina

 

Photo of the Day – Old Blue Truck – Mendoza, Argentina

There is something so calm and peaceful about walking along row after row of vines out back of a winery. On a beautiful afternoon two-years ago I was enjoying one of these walks in Mendoza and as I looked down one of the rows this old blue truck was sitting idle, almost as if it had been transported into the future.

Old Blue Truck - Mendoza, Argentina
 

Meat on Fire – Argentine Parilla – Mendoza, Argentina

 

Photo of the Day – Meat on Fire – Argentine Parilla – Mendoza, Argentina

Both Will and I agree that the best meal in the world is found at an Argentine Parilla. A Parilla is a restaurant specializing in grilled food and Argentina is home to the best steakhouses on the planet (my personal favorite is La Cabrera in Buenos Aires).

Not only is the meat delicious, but it is also stupidly cheap by American standards. A typical Parilla charges less than $30 for two people to enjoy appetizers, steaks and a bottle of Malbec. Back in 2009 Will and I spent a few weeks traveling around Argentina and I think we found ourselves seated at a Parilla eating steak almost every other night.

I took this photo inside the kitchen at a casual Parilla on the main drag in Mendoza, Argentina. These guys are serious about their meat!

Meat on Fire - Argentine Parilla - Mendoza, Argentina
 

Stacked Wine Bottles – Andeluna Cellars – Mendoza, Argentina

 

Photo of the Day – Stacked Wine Bottles – Andeluna Cellars – Mendoza, Argentina

Where are the endless rolling fields of vines? The beautiful roses at the end of the rows? The rooms filled ceiling to floor with french oak barrels? The dark caves? Macro shots of natural grapes on the vine? The massive vats holding thousands of gallons of soon to be delicious adult grape juice? You flew thousands of miles to central Argentina to visit some of the most beautiful wineries on the planet and the best photo you brought home was of a wine bottle?

Well, technically it was wine bottles :) . And yes – I love this photo. There is something about it that makes me stare endlessly into it. My brain simply can not believe that each of these circles are actually the bottom of full 750ml wine bottles. Pour yourself a glass of wine and let the staring commence!

What do you think?

Stacked Wine Bottles - Andeluna Cellars - Mendoza, Argentina
 

Wine Tanks – Bodega Terrazas – Mendoza, Argentina

 

Photo of the Day – Wine Tanks – Bodega Terrazas – Mendoza, Argentina

My guess is that some of you who are reading this post have actually drank wine out of these very tanks. This photo was taken while on a tour of Bodega Terrazas in Mendoza, Argentina. Terrazas produces a lot of adult grape juice which ultimately finds its ways in glasses across the US and around the globe.

I’m laughing at myself for picking this photo to share. I’ve again chosen a set of repeating objects! I’m beginning to wonder if this is simply my obsession or if others actually agree with my theory that repeating objects make for great photography. At any rate, I did not use a telephoto lens for this shot because there was a wall directly behind my back that prevented it. Additionally, the room was pretty dark and I was stuck hand-holding. As it was, I had to crank up the ISO very high to avoid blur and get the shot off.

Since I was using the entry level D3000, you can see some ugly grain on the bottom sections of the tanks. Had I been using the superior D7000, which does a much better job with high ISO shots, none of this grain would be visible. More expensive cameras are about a lot more than just additional megapixels!

I actually have quite a thing for Malbecs. Has anyone tried a great one recently?

Wine Tanks - Bodega Terrazas - Mendoza, Argentina
 
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