Sharing some of my images from our Napa Valley trip.

My wife and I went to Napa Valley a couple of weeks ago and I brought my new Tamron 24-70mm and my T2i because my 5D Mark III had not arrived yet.

I thought you might like seeing some of the images I got from that trip so I put it to music and added a little narration from the movie Bottle Shock which is definitely in my top 50 movies of all time. It’s not in my top 10 list which I should share sometime, however you might be disappointed with my list because it has a lot of comedies and films that are not cinematic master pieces.

The Bottle Shock movie takes place in Napa Valley and has one of my favorite actors is Alan Rickman (Severus Snape in Harry Potter & Hans Gruber from Die Hard).

You can’t help but enjoy the way he delivers his lines (of course I butchered his line), you can watch it on NetFlix:

52:54 Alan Rickman “Wine is sunlight held together by water. The poetic wisdom of the Italian physicist, philosopher and stargazer, Galileo Galilei.

Other good lines in the movie about Napa Valley

51:30 Bill Pullman “The vineyard’s best fertilizer is the owner’s footsteps. Its alluvial, sedimentary, volcanic soil. You want to limit the irrigation because it make the vines struggle, intensifies the flavor. A comfortable grape, a well-watered well-fertilized grape grows into a lazy ingredient of lousy wine. So with hardship comes enlightenment.”

43:30 Freddy Rodríguez “You have to have it in your blood. You have to grow up with the soil underneath your nails and the smell of the grape in the air that you breathe. The cultivation of the vine is an art form. The refinement of its juice is a religion that requires pain and desire and sacrifice.

Anyway I just thought I would share some of the images. I am really liking the new Tamron 24-70mm, I am already kind of abusing it by getting it wet. But it preformed great as travel lens, I even walked 5 miles with it with my Black Rapid Strap no problem and stuffed it in to a bike bag on a biking trip.

Royalty free music by song is called New Media.

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Tamron 24-70mm 2.8
Tamron 24-70mm 2.8
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  • Is your wife cool with you taking your camera everywhere? Mine gets mad some times. “You don’t enjoy time with your family. You just care about that stupid camera.” Thats what I always hear. Anyway nice video, really enjoy the bright colors.

  • hey dave,

    nice video again! Do you filmed with the tecnicolor cinestyle or do you have another picturestyle that you prefer?

  • @Eddie that is a hard one to balance, mainly I try not to slow down the experience too much.

    @Luke will do

    @Martin 99% of the time – neutral

    @Tam Premiere Pro CS5

  • I think I mentioned to watch Robin Hood – Alan Rickman plays another awesome bad guy – the Sheriff of Nottingham. Nice napa eye-candy Dave!

  • Great video Dave, the VC on the lens really does seem to shine. And with you on die hard, i have large collection of film noir and new wave french films, art house, indie cults etc, but die hard is still up there in my top ten!

  • Nice video …I missed my chance to see the Napa Valley area back in the late 1980’s. I hope to make it out there again someday.

    No tripod …excellent handheld footage. Which slider did you use?

  • Fun video Dave. At some point here I think I’m going to pull the trigger on the Tamron 24-70mm VC. I’ll be sure to use your link, I really enjoy your blog. Later!

  • @Eddie, I hear you bud. Wife is never happy when I leave the house w/ the camera and she’s there too. I’m actually thinking of taking 1 trip a year by myself (or with other photography buddies) to devote to JUST photography/video. No wife, just cameras.

  • You have an excellent run and gun style. I’m still trying to get the hang of it. My wife and I will be in the Seattle/ Portland area in a couple of weeks.

    What are some good basic camera setups to get decent run and gun footage? I have a Canon T3i. Mostly I want to capture the outdoors.

    Thanks for all your info.

  • Great vid Dave. I went for the MK3 in the end (after selling my 60D, lenses and various organs) but I have to save more for the Tamron. VC is making a HUGE difference I notice.

    PS. Eddie makes a great point about the wife – I couldn’t get results like this without ruining the trip!


  • @Andy for us guys with wives or girlfriends on vacation it is a tough balancing act of getting the shots you want without slowing down the experience too much.

  • Yeah you got that right.. The key is speed – being able to expose and get the shot/s you need and carry on walking. I often take so long going through my mental check list that she’s gone home by the time I pull my head from the LCD!

    While I’m here, you haven’t mentioned a whole load on your visual monitoring, other than the DIY viewfinder. I have my Kinotehnik LCDVF (which was invaluable) on ebay at the moment but only because the 3.2″ MK3 screen is too big for it. Have you looked into any basic viewfinders / EVF’s for the MK3or are you happy with the DIY option?

  • Hey Dave, great video! I’ve been thinking about getting this lens for run-and-gun shooting. I was wondering if you had any issues with the weight of this lens. I’ve been told it is a load to carry. Also, if I get this lens, is my 50mm f/1.4 worth keeping? Love your videos and tutorials Dave, keep it up!

  • @Bobby the weight is not that bad, it is lighter than the Canon version. I walked with it and a 5D3 for 5 miles on a R Strap and it was no problem at all.

  • Dave have you noticed any image shift in stills mode with the Tamron VC switched on? For video it is unbelievable, but is this normal for the Tamron technology to behave this way?

    It’s subtle, but there is definitely some movement immediately after autofocus… This potentially means soft images unless you allow it to calm down.

    Interested to hear your experiences!


  • Better than that Dave, I have a video for you! 😉 It is particularly noticeable at around 33 seconds. I am pretty steady for this test, and the lens hood is resting on the desk so the movement is pretty much coming from the lens mechanism, which is worrying….
    password: tamron

  • @Andy interesting. I never use that focus mode because it is too slow for me, I use the Quick Focus mode. If I have time I will try your method.

  • Cheers Dave – I’ll have a further play around with the camera too, I’m still not convinced it’s a “fault” so interested to hear what you find.

  • Also worth noting Dave – I only chose Live View here in order to film it easily – the same movement is apparent through the viewfinder..