The Hunter Valley is about 2 hours drive north of Sydney and is home to some of the best wineries in Australia. If you’re after a great white wine this is the place to visit. Besides what a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney and grab some fresh country air to recharge the batteries as winter beckons. This was just the chance to test out the Canon 6d with the Canon 24-70 F4 IS and Canon 17-40mm lenses. We stayed at Cypress Lakes Resort that is centrally based and has a wonderful golf course amongst other facilities.
Morning view from our room using the Canon 6d with 17-40mm and using the in camera HDR function with auto align and mirror lock up. I actually just rested the camera on the balcony and used the 2 second timer to reduce camera shake. Edited in PSE 10 with Nik Siftware.
Where else would you find Kangaroos on a golf course? Canon 6d with 24-70 F4 IS cropped in post.
Using the macro option on the 24-70 F4 IS and very happy with the result.
Wooden solider outside the lolly shop in the shopping village near Hunter Valley Gardens.
Hunter Valley Gardens is a must visit. Shot with the 17-40mm.
Converted to black & white using Nik Silver Efex lets the light through the trees really speak.
Entrance to the Oriental Gardens
Lakes vista from Hunter Valley Gardens
View across the Hunter Valley using the 17-40mm
Wine barrels in the Hunter Valley carry about $15,000 worth of wine and taken between 4-10 months to age depending on the type of wine.
Quality control is a serious business in the wineries
Of course the wine tasting is a nice way to finish a wine tour, macro shot on the 24-70 F4 IS