Jenelle Bonifield from the USA was winner of Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Produce) 2016 for her image ‘Press 2’, seen below.
Details: Image taken during the Grenache pressing in Southern Arizona at LDV Winery. Natural light on the crush pad. The colours of the Italian Zambelli Enotech press contrast with the rich ruby colour of the juice. Raw beauty.
Technical: Canon 5D Mark ll, Canon zoom lens EF 24 - 105 mm 1:4
How does it feel to be a Finalist for the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2016?
I am thrilled beyond belief to have become a Pink Lady® Finalist! I feel gratified that all my long hours of photographing (what I love) has value in the panel’s eyes. Selected!!! Wow! I am so grateful to have found Pink Lady® and to be a part of this group. There are not enough words to describe the elation this has brought to me!
Please tell us more about capturing your Finalist image. For example, what was happening around you, what inspired the shot, what time of day, challenges you had in capturing it.
I was actively helping with the press process at LDV Winery in Pearce, AZ, USA while also photographing as much as possible. I was multi-tasking because we were shorthanded. There was a flurry of activity to keep the production on target. The process was first taking the freshly harvested grapes from the large bins to the de-stemmer. A pump flowed the fruit to the press. After being pressed, another pump flowed the juice to large storage containers. My inspiration was the raw beauty of the process.
The colours were rich and the aroma intoxicating - and it was my first time experiencing a pressing. I set the camera on a tripod in front of the spout of the press to get a head-on angle for this image. It was mid-afternoon in southern Arizona, where the sunlight is magnificent. I used this natural light, on a covered press pad with open sides & a high ceiling. The challenges were occasional splattering of the juice, and getting the natural light just right on the flow of juice, while lending a hand to the process. My job was to scoop excess pulp from the spout tray right where I was shooting. Challenging, but wonderful time.
What was it about the image that you feel fitted the category so well?
The pressing is one of many steps of producing wine, and my image shows the beauty of the juice at this stage. I felt this image fit the wine produce category because it is showing one of the stages in the viticulture experience. It is a highly anticipated time when the beautiful sun-kissed grapes have completed their ripening and are ready to be pressed and start the process to eventually become wine.
It’s the passion behind the food and wine that attracts me to food photography. The people who are in the food and winemaking business are, for the most part, very creative and interesting. Their canvas is the food and wine they create. I love capturing the beautiful produce in nature as well as the process of farm/vineyard to table and the final presentation of the food and wine. I love the simple presentation of fresh produce, as well as the Five Star resorts presentations of food art by some amazing chefs, and everything in between.
Which photographers, if any, have most influenced your work?
Debby Wolvos, Andy Katz, Rocco Ceselin
What are your thoughts on the cultural impacts of new smartphone apps on the photography sector? Positive, negative, no impact? Why?
I believe the smartphone apps are very convenient and a nice tool, in addition to professional equipment. Sometimes I use my smartphone to help compose a photograph, and then use my Canon for the final image. I think the technology has come a long way. It is a great tool and some photographers have really mastered the art of smartphones.
Please tell us a little about where you live and if, at all, how it influences your photography.
I live in the Phoenix, Arizona USA area. It is also known as the Valley of the Sun, and it greatly impacts my photography because we have over 300 days a year of sunshine and great weather most of the time. I love the outdoors and prefer shooting in natural light. The state has a big range of geographical areas and I am happiest on road trips throughout the region.
I have continued to photograph my home state’s four wine regions and enjoyed getting to know the winemakers. My images were featured in several regional and one national publication, as well as several cover images. I travelled to France & Spain last fall and photographed several vineyards and the people involved in the wine making process. I focused on small, family owned facilities as well as a few larger wineries. I am currently working on a book. It’s going to be an exciting year.
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