We’ve been talking for a while about getting out into a vineyard, pre-dawn, and set-up for a time lapse of the rising sun over a vineyard.  Of course you’re never quite sure what the weather will have in store for you when planning such an shoot.  Kirk and I were talking last Friday afternoon about heading down to Fireside Winery’s Brickyard Hill Vineyard the next morning to shoot the sunrise and capture other vineyard footage.   While we were talking on the phone I also mentioned the Iowa State Fair Wine Experience was happening as well and that being there to interview Iowa Wine and Grape Association marketing director, Emily Saveraid and others, as well as wine fans would be a good idea.

Waking up at 2:30am seemed like a good idea at the time! 🙂

Actually, it was a great idea!  We departed Vinton, IA at 3am and arrived at the Brickyard Hill Vineyard at 3:50, set-up, and waited for the sun to rise (and hoping we’d guessed correctly where they sun would actually break).  The vineyard was completely blanketed in darkness when we arrived,  temperature cool, the sky was mostly clear, and on the western horizon a nearly full-moon was getting ready to set.  In the pre-dawn darkness we could hear raccoons chatting in the nearby woods, and slowly the sky began to lighten and warm, and song birds announced revelry noting the beginning of a new day, and we were already shooting the time lapse and just about to film, with a second camera, the rising sun through and over the vineyard with our jib (a device that allows a camera to move toward and above objects (more than 10 feet above) and gives the feeling of flight.  Very cool!

We filmed, scrambled to reset shots, ran back and forth, reset, and by 7:30am we had our complete sunrise time lapse shot (from complete darkness, to rich warm hues, to bright sunshine); and then we walked through the 13 acre vineyard shooting additional footage for the documentary.

The following photographs will help you experience, vicariously, our early morning filming.  Enjoy and remember, if you haven’t yet, please share our project (Wine Diamonds: Iowa Uncorked) with your friends.  Check out our complete photo album on our Facebook page.  Thanks!

Brickyard Hill Vineyard: pre-dawn
Brickyard Hill Vineyard: pre-dawn
Kirk (Cinematographer) uses the jib to gain altitude and fluid movement while capturing the sunrise.
The rising sun over Fireside Winery's Brickyard Hill Vineyard.
The rising sun over Fireside Winery’s Brickyard Hill Vineyard.
Kirk shooting through the LaCrosse grapes.
Kirk shooting through the LaCrosse grapes.
Brianna grapes back lit by the early morning sunshine.
Brianna grapes back lit by the early morning sunshine.

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