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Brotherhood Winery and My First Wide Angle Experiment

I love Brotherhood Winery; not only for their fantastic wine, but also their underground cellars and old stone hall. So what if the grapes are mostly grown in Chile.

Technically, Brotherhood is not a vineyard because their grapes are grown offsite at other locations in New York; their grounds are still beautiful so it doesn’t really matter. At the end of the day, Brotherhood Winery has the oldest underground wine cellar in America and some of the most visually stunning tasting rooms I have seen to date. Try their Riesling; you won’t be disapponted!

Let’s Go Wide Angle For a Sweeping Brotherhood Winery Hall Interior View

I recently picked up a new lens to be used for landscapes and interiors; it’s the Nikkor 24mm 2.8D for those of you that are interested. What really made me decide to go with the D model over the G is that the focal distance chart is easier to read than the 1.4G counterpart. Also, it’s not too important for my shooting style to have that extra two stops since I won’t be using this little guy for portraits. I have a nifty 50 1.4 for that sort of thing.

I wanted to get my camera close to a foreground element, the barrel in this case, and see how sharp this 24mm lens is at its hyperfocal distance. If I remember correctly, I’d say I was just over 2 feet from the barrel, which still gave me an acceptably sharp foreground at f/16.

I love these multiple light source photographs because of how they create such mood… particularly, those warm tones against the stone from the incandescent light fixtures mixed with swathing sunlight from the doorway and distant barn door.

Wine barrels mixed with old stone, wooden beams, incandescent light, and swathing sunlight create the perfect mood.


  1. Thomas,
    Brotherhood’s grape do not come from Chile. They import Chilean wine under the Casas Patronales label. What’s bottled under Brotherhood their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling all comes from grapes in New York.

  2. Hi Debbie,

    Thanks for catching that. I haven’t formally toured the Brotherhood since 2008 so I’ve forgotten most of their history… great wine though 🙂

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