- October 28, 2015
Years ago when we were in school, field trips were always a source of great excitement. Last Friday, that feeling came back, except we were the attraction! Graciella Juarez, assistant winemaker Ricardo’s oldest daughter, is exploring her interest in photography through a class at her high school. When the teacher suggested a field trip was an order to test the class’ new skills, Graciella told Ms. Calson that she might have just the right place…Hafner Vineyard! What an honor for us!
The Cloverdale High School photography class arrived here last Friday. Before we set out to explore and capture life at Hafner Vineyard, Sandy (our talented photographer) gave the class a bit of her background and how she was able to turn photography (a passion of hers) into part of her career…and the importance of her photos that are now displayed prominently on our website. (Read more about Sandy here.) She also gave the class a few tips on photographing in the caves, which is particularly challenging because of the limited light.
By a CHS student photographer
The kids wandered through the caves, adjusting their shutter speeds, getting down on their hands and knees to capture numerous artistic photos. We then explored the winery, where some were intrigued by the black light that attracts bugs, while others photographed winemaking equipment like hoses and pumps.
Outside, the class roamed the vineyard and grove, snapping expansive views of the vines changing colors and close-ups of nature.
By CHS student photographers
Near the end of their field trip, a surprise guest made a cameo appearance…one of the cows! He was curious to see what all the action was about and came trotting down the hill, then posed for his portrait.
It was a very fun morning for us…and hopefully the students too! Perhaps a few even saw the potential in making photography a career. The young, vibrant energy was contagious reminding us of our childhood and those fun field trips we all looked forward to. Our thanks to Cloverdale High School Photography Class and Ms. Calson for making our Friday more exciting. We sure are grateful for the enthusiasm of our youth and our vibrant local community.