A series of pictures taken on a visit to a family run cognac distillery in Chaniers, Charente-Maritime.
Some information from Wikipedea about cognac:
Cognac, named after the town of Cognac in France, is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name, in the French Départements of Charente and Charente-Maritime.
For a distilled brandy to bear the name Cognac, an Appellation d'origine contrôlée, its production methods must meet certain legal requirements. In particular, it must be made from specified grapes, of which Ugni blanc, known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the one most widely used. The brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac matures in the same way as whiskey and wine when aged in barrels. By law Cognac must be aged for at least two years before it can be sold to the public. In fact, most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement.
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papagolf21 (103026) 2013-10-20 0:42
J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance générale de cette composition.
Vous avez su utiliser avec pertinence l'ombre et la lumière. De plus, le sujet est parfaitement mis en valeur.
Très bonne journée.
lousat (92858) 2013-10-20 1:24
Bonjour Steph,et voila le corner le plus ancien je pense,apres avoir vu la moderne chambre du distilleur,capture tres originale et interessante pour moi,tu as bien exposee' les differentes lumieres dans une excellente perspective.Mes compliments et bon Dimanche,Luciano
Nicou (144264) 2013-10-20 2:56
quelle compo et vue sueprbe tous ces vieux tonneaux e bois sueprbe et ces tons quelle captage avec le jeu de lumière le rendu sur la pierre en fond sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
ikeharel (72887) 2013-10-20 2:56
Barrels from diff. sizes and shapes, Stephen, look to be a bit forgotten in the warehouse. It conveys a clear view of details, and the left newspaper is a bonus on the picture. Nicely done under variable light indoor's.
Have a nice sunday,
timecapturer (49288) 2013-10-20 3:50
a large still life shot this. I love the tones and textures that are made all the more compelling by the lights and shadows here. Original and rustically beautiful imagery!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-20 4:23
un altro bel soggetto in interno: dopo gli alambicchi per la distillazione e la preparazione della birra ora passi alle botti e sempre con eccellenti risultati soprattutto per la luce meravigliosa che illumina l'ambiente e che hai saputo utilizzare nella migliore delle maniere.
Ottimo il contrasto ed eccellente la composizione. Assai curate anche nitidezza e colore.
Ciao e buona domenica
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-10-20 5:04
Hello Stephen - This collection of old barrels makes a super subject. Both barrels and interior look as if they are quite old and for the barrels I think this is a good quality to have. Is that a grape press against the well? You have managed the light well and have some good textures in the wood, nicely seen and interesting work. Warm regards Rosemary
Noel_Byrne (31666) 2013-10-20 5:37
The light in this scene is really fantastic, and makes this look like a scene from many years ago and ths illusn suits the theme perfectly. I could see this image being used in an advertisement to shoe the traditional methods of making this renowned drink.
All the best
Fis2 (99686) 2013-10-20 7:41
A very curious interior!
Excellent colors, light and frame.
I like it.
williewhistler (16398) 2013-10-20 10:11
this is not all like conditions that I had imagined Cognac to be brewed in,the wire netting and dangling light give distinctly rustic appearance to a most interesting,well exposed photograph.
Best regards Les.
cornejo (43533) 2013-10-20 12:57
Salut Stephen très bonne image de ce vin intéressant, très bien capturé dans cette image intéressante, avec une bonne netteté, la lumière et la couleur. Très bon et intéressant travail bien fait, félicitations mon ami. Merci de partager ce beau travail.
Bonsoir et début heureux de la semaine.
Tout le meilleur du sud de l'Espagne.
tedesse (25135) 2013-10-21 16:06
Very interesting interior!
Excellent POV and composition, beautiful colors and light.
Silvio1953 (145605) 2013-10-22 7:35
Ciao Stephen, interesting view of old disillery, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Highmountains (2674) 2013-10-22 22:37
Excellent Subject and a very well positioned photograph. The well lit corner, the sharp shadows and the speckled brick-brack of pipes and other machinery has given a 'mood' to the photograph. The nicely folded newspaper is a nice inclusion. The top ¾ of the photograph is almost in sepia and gives the typical tone of 'age-ing' that is so appropriate for a distillary. It also impresses on the viewer a sense of curiosity – a desire to explore more of the building …
Thanks for sharing.