Last night I was joined by a cadre of bloggers at Gott's Roadside for a twilight tour of their self-sustaining garden in St. Helena. We were celebrating "Tomato Week" as part of SummerFest 2010 at AWaytoGarden.com. Being an aspiring lenshound, I jumped at the chance to take some artsy photos of Executive Chef, Rick Robinson's abundant crop of corn, tomatoes, peppers, melons, and herbs. Garden Manager, Christopher Landercasper proudly toured us through the rows of green before we sat down to a feast of tomato dishes including classic Gazpacho, Panzanella, Southern Scalloped Tomatoes, and my favorite...Tomato and Mayo Sandwiches (on Wonder Bread)--thus proving myself once again the least gourmet of the group.
But I was there for the pics not the recipes. So I decided to try something new with my digital shots. I took them to tiltshiftmaker.com and automatically, the spot focus changed and the perspective softened. Suddenly the photos looked magical and reflected the equally enchanted warm night we were having (for a change in the Napa Valley). So if you are looking for a fun way to alter your photos, or offer a slightly warped version of your experience out in a tomato field, try "tilt shift". And remember, "The man that cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot”--Andre Breton