Grape Harvest in the Penedès, Spain

Grape Harvest in the Penedès wine region of Spain. August 2009. Image 01
Grape Harvest in the Penedès wine region of Spain. August 2009.

The end of August marks the beginning of grape harvest season in the Penedès wine region of Spain. Tractors overloaded with grapes crowd the roads and create traffic jams on the normally empty roads. Even the locals who know the back-road shortcuts aren’t immune to being stuck behind a grape harvesting machine or truck hauling grapes back to a winery. Small villages in the area run communal grape presses and the smell of wine production fills the air as you pass by them.
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Panoramic: Penedès Wine Region, Spain

This panoramic was captured on a biking trip through parts of the Penedès Wine Region of Spain. The village in the background is la llacuna, Spain with views of the mountain of Montserrat behind it.

Panoramic of the Penedès Wine Region of Spain
Panoramic of the Penedès Wine Region of Spain, 2009.

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Biking the Penedès Wine Region, Spain

Biking through the Penedès  Wine Region of Spain

I am doing a WorkAway in the Penedès Wine region of Spain a few hours outside of Barcelona. My host runs a wine tourism business which partly specializes in giving tours of the wine region on bike. This Sunday we set out for a 30km ride to see some of the sights around the area. Click “continue reading” to check out the rest of the photos.

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This Will Destroy You @ Lido. Berlin, Germany

This Will Destroy You at Lido. Berlin, Germany

I had the opportunity to shoot This Will Destroy You at Lido in Berlin, Germany last Sunday. This Will Destroy You is an instrumental rock back from Texas that I discovered earlier in the year thanks to one of my favorite web comics, Questionable Content. Since then it’s been on non-stop playback. Check out the rest of the post for some more photos and some photo notes.

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EU & UK Photoshop Passport Photo Template Release

*Update Feb 2016* 
Due to the popularity of this template, I created a better and easier solution for both travelers and professional photographers. I’m happy to announce the launch of PassportPhotoApp.com. You can create passport photos online for FREE. For professionals, there is also a new updated template and expanded service that automates many photo sizes. Go check it out! https://www.passportphotoapp.com/

EU & K Photoshop Passport Photo TemplateI have created a new version of my US Photoshop Passport Photo Template for European Union and United Kingdom passport and visa photos.

The template simplifies the creation of two 45x35mm photos required for many passport and visa applications and outputs to a standard print size of 15x10cm that can be printed at most photo labs. I took great care to make sure that it meets the sizing requirements set by the UK Home Office Identity and Passport Service, so it should work for most countries that require 45x35mm photos.

Here’s the best part: It is available for free for non-commercial use.

Head over to the template page to grab the download, and be sure to let me know what you think.