Harvest 2022

with Cornerstone Ranches – Lower Yakima Valley, Toppenish, WA

Every end of summer, the valley is buzzing with activity. Whether an apple harvest, grape harvest, or what the region is known for, a beer brewing hops harvest, there are people, machines, noises, scents, and 24/7 labor until every last commodity is picked, processed and delivered. For farm owners it is time of little rest. And for seasonal workers whom some have traveled far to support themselves and their families, it is an opportunity that only comes once a year.

Cornerstone Ranches produces some of the world’s finest hops and apples. But in terms of beer brewing hops, breweries from all around the country come to visit Graham Gamache’s historic hops facilities. Within the Yakima Valley of Washington State, an astounding 75% of the world’s beer brewing hops are grown and processed. And Graham’s Cornerstone Ranches has been within the industry for generations, growing some of the finest cones for beer brewing.

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Photo of the Day: Beer’s Essential Ingredients

Water, cracked grain and hops flowers from the hop vine.  Three essential ingredients make the base of any beer.  Add yeast and time, and your alcoholic beverage is ready.

For this shot I used the exact same lighting set up as the previous entry, but took two exposures for the final.  One for critical focus on the dried hops and cracked grain, and another for the water pitcher.  In PS5 I combine the two images with layers and masks for the final cut.

Location: Cameron Karsten Studios, Bainbridge Island, WA

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

100mm, 1/5 sec at f/10, ISO 100, tripod mount.

Post: Adobe LR3 & PS5