Yesterday was the last sunny day before more days of thunderstorms will come. The temperature fell from overwhelming African heat to almost chilling Nordic temperatures. We spent the last Friday photographing vineyards and grapes. Lutzmannsburg is well known for red wine, but there are a few vineyards with white grapes too.
There are three types of vineyards: the well groomed – I call it Elfi’s style - vineyards with perfectly shaped bunches of grapes, the usual well kept vineyards with normal grapes and the overgrown and forgotten shrubberies with hidden raisins. The perfect vineyards are complicated to photograph. I will never know, where to begin taking pictures, because there will be everywhere another beauty begging to be photographed. And there are the overgrown shrubberies, which are a nightmare for every winemaker with some self respect, but an eye catching sight for photographers. In the end winemakers won't like my pictures, because there will be always something imperfect (a colored leaf, a dried grape ...), which is an visual addition to make a picture more interesting – at least it’s my point of view.
The weather wasn’t perfect, the light was constantly changing and it was complicated to take good photographs. A thunderstorm was slowly building up clouds, some cold wind began to blow and the light was fading. We drove "up" and through the “Weingebirge”, which is only a low hill, but provides a spectacular view right into Hungary.