An unusual cellar in Bordeaux

>> Monday, 31 May 2010



Fermentation tanks. Chateau Bellefont Belcier, Saint Emilion, bordeaux, France

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Château Bellefont-Belcier is a vineyard located a few kilometres east of the town of St Emilion in the commune of St. Laurent des Combes. It has 13 hectares of appellation land, all located around the chateau building. The grape variety is mainly merlot, with some cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc added. It is owned by the Faure and Labusquiere families, under the control of Jacques Berrebi and Alain Laguillaumie. Dominique Hebrard is responsible for the winemaking together with the assistant technical winemaker Emmanuel de Saint Salvy. The winery is traditional with concrete and stainless steel fermenting vats but uses modern technologies. The wine is matured in oak barrels in the elegant barrique cellar.

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The curious white signs in the vineyards in Pomerol and Saint Emilion

>> Sunday, 30 May 2010



Vineyard. White sign. Chateau Yon-Figeac. Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France

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Chateau Yon Figeac, Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé, is located in the Saint Emilion appellation, in the Bordeaux wine region, across the Garonne and Dordogne rivers from the city of Bordeaux. It lies between the towns of Saint Emilion and Pomerol. The vineyard is planted with merlot and cabernet franc grapes on primarily sandy soil with clay and limestone. The wines are aged in oak barrels for 16 to 24 months.

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Harvesting grapes really does look like good fun, doesn't it? Want to join in?

>> Saturday, 29 May 2010



Statue at the winery. Chateau Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

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Chateau Petrus is in the commune Pomerol on the "right bank" in Bordeaux. It is a small vineyard but it makes one of Bordeaux' most expensive wines. It is part of the Moueix family wine empire.

The vineyard extends over some 12 hectares planted almost exclusively with merlot grapes. The only other grape variety used is cabernet franc but it only accounts for 5%, and is not always used in the final blend.

The "chateau" itself is really nothing but an admittedly rather grand looking wine cellar. It was recently renovated and fenced in, perhaps understandably considering the number of people who stop outside to look each year. On can from the outside admire the carved stone statue of Petrus, of course, and also a rather more frivolous statue of two naked ladies and a satyr (?) harvesting wine. This latter is somewhat more difficult to access.

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Apparently there will be a royal wedding in Sweden

>> Friday, 28 May 2010



A bottle of Chateau Bernadotte. On the terrasse of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, pauillac, Medoc, Bordeaux, France

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Chateau Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, generally called Pichon-Lalande, is in the commune of Pauillac in northern Medoc, Bordeaux. It is one of the most sought after second growths, sometimes referred to as a 'super second', implying that it would merit to join the first growths (in case you still believe in the validity of the 1855 classification). It was for a long time run by the dynamic grand old lady May-Eliane de Lencquesaing who greatly contributed to (if not created) the chateau's reputation. The vineyards and the winery are just next to Chateau Latour. One has a nice view over the Latour tower from the Pichon Lalande terrace, a terrace that also is the roof of the recently constructed winery and wine cellar. It was recently sold to the Rouzard family of Champagnes Louis Roederer. However, the winery is still managed by Mme de Lencquesaing's nephew Gildas d'Ollone.

The vineyards extend over 75 hectares, including some vineyards in Saint Julien, grapes from which are curiously still used in the Grand Vin under the Pauillac appellation. They also own Ch Bernadotte, previously Le Fournas Bernadotte. The grape varieties used are cabernet sauvignon and merlot, plus some cabernet franc and petit verdot. Winemaking is of course modern with all the latest technology (as is general in the more luxurious estates in Bordeaux): stainless steel fermentation tanks, extensive barrel aging etc.

The chateau in itself is a very elegant structure, just across the street from 'the other Pichon', Chateau Pichon Baron. It is in a beautiful and well tended park decorated with various sculptures, a Bacchus aptly included.

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The tower AND the chateau

>> Thursday, 27 May 2010



Vineyard. The tower. Chateau Latour, Pauillac, Medoc, Bordeaux, France

[It is unusual to see both the tower and the chateau in the same photo. This one is from a place in the vineyard where one rarely goes.]

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Chateau Latour is one of the four wine chateaux categorised in 1855 as a First Growth (Premier Grand Cru - a fifth was added later). This "1855 classification" is curiously still considered important among wine drinkers and wine merchants. The Chateau Latour is located in the commune of Pauillac in the Medoc in the Bordeaux wine region.

It gets its name from the tower next to the chateau building itself. The main building is a rather humble affair compared to many other exclusive and exuberant chateaux in the region. The tower lies on a small hilltop in the middle of the vineyards. From there you have a view over the river Garonne. The vineyards extend over some 78 hectares, not all in one plot. They make a "grand vin", the Chateau Latour, and a second wine called Les Forts de Latour. The grape varieties grown are cabernet sauvignon (some 80%) and merlot, with a few vines of cabernet franc and petit verdot.

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Green harvest

>> Monday, 24 May 2010



Green harvested grapes dumped on the ground. Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Liversan, Domaines Lapalu, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France

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Château Liversan is part of the Domaines Lapalu group and is in the Médoc appellation. It is part of the group of wine domains that has the label Cru Bourgeois, a classification that has been annulled for reasons of legal wrangling and disagreement between proprietors.

The Château Liversan was bought in 1995 by the Lapalu family. They also own four or five other châteaux in the Médoc. The château and cellars have been beautifully restored. The Domaines Lapalu now includes, apart from Liversan, the châteaux Patache d'Aux, Lacombe Noaillac, Lieujean, Le Bosq, Fonpiqueyre, Lagrave, Les Rives de Gravelongue, Les Traverses la Franque, Le Borderon, and Larrivaux.

It is located quite far north in the Medoc. It is surrounded by the vineyards. In the wine cellar there has been some experimentation with "vinification integrale", i.e. fermenting the red wine in barrels to increase the complexity and smoothness of the wine. The grape varieties uses are mainly cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

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Very hot butt

>> Sunday, 23 May 2010



French oak barrel medium plus toast with butts of strong toast. Oak barrel aging and fermentation cellar. Chateau Saint Christoly, Medoc, Bordeaux, France

(Pardon the pun)

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Chateau Saint Christoly (a Cru Bourgeois according to the now defunct classification) is located in the northern part of the Médoc region, at the far en from the city of Bordeaux itself. Today it is run by the two young daughters of the Héraud family: Sandrine Héraud, in charge of marketing and sales, and Catherine Héraud, winemaker, in charge of the wine production. The vineyards extend over 29 hectares on gravel and clay-limestone. It is planted with vines of two of the classic Bordeaux varieties: merlot and cabernet sauvignon. The wine is fermented in concrete vats (painted in pink at the recent renovation!), and aged for 12 months in oak barrels. The sisters are using mainly French wood but are also experimenting with some other sources.

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All set, ready to go

>> Friday, 21 May 2010



Wine tasting. Chateau Phelan-Segur, Saint Estephe, Medoc, Bordeaux, France

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Chateau Phelan-Segur is in the commune St Estephe in northern Medoc in Bordeaux. It is regarded as one of the best of the not classified (in the 1855 classification) properties in the Medoc. It is however classified as a Cru Bourgeois, albeit this classification is currently contested legally. The main chateau building and winery are impressive and beautiful and overlook the Gironde. They have 64 hectares of vineyard planted with vines of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet grape varieties.

the winery is modern, with stainless steel fermentation tanks and all other equipment that any self-respecting quality chateau in the top echelons in the Medoc today has. It uses a grape sorting table at the grape reception at harvest time, of course, sorting entire bunches, it ages its wines for an extended period in oak barrels.

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One glass of red wine

>> Thursday, 20 May 2010



Wine glass. Chateau Paloumey, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France.

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Château Paloumey is a small family-owned property in the Haut-Medoc in Bordeaux. Martine Cazeneuve bought the estate in 1989/1990. The vineyards of Paloumey extend over 32 hectares. The chateau was well known before the Second World War and was classified as a cru bourgeois supérieur in 1932. But after the war the wine estate fell into less interested hands and when Martine bought it there was not a single vine left. In 2003 the chateau regained its classification. Martin also owns and runs the two small wine domaines Château La Bessane in Margaux and Château La Garricq in Moulis-en-Médoc. The chateau was a Cru Bourgeois Supérieur before that classification fell into dispute.

The vineyards are mainly on gravely soil planted with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and a little bit cabernet franc. Vinification is typical medocain with fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, with a quite long post-fermentation maceration. the wine is then aged in oak barrels for 12 months. Approximately 30% of the barrels are renewed each year.

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The famous cabernet sauvignon

>> Wednesday, 19 May 2010



Guyot pruned vines in the vineyard. Bunches of ripe grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Reignac, Bordeaux, France

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Cabernet sauvignon is perhaps the world’s best known red grape variety. It is of course a vitis vinifera grape. The classical heartland of cabernet sauvignon is Bordeaux, albeit not the region’s most planted variety. It is the major grape in the Medoc and Graves regions where it is generally blended with merlot and with cabernet franc (a close relative). One of the reasons for its popularity is that it adapts very well to different wine regions and is therefore planted in many countries all over the world, from Bulgaria to New Zealand, often producing good to excellent quality wines.

Cabernet sauvignon ripens relatively late and is typically harvested one to two weeks after merlot. However, it is also a hardy variety that can survive and give quality fruit in both hot and cold climates, provided ripening is not too late.

Cabernet sauvignon gives wines that are often quite deep in colour thanks to its thick skin (which also protects against some diseases), without going to the really dark shades of some other grapes. In their youth the wines typically have a bluish or purple tinge, changing to ruby red and later to brick or even terracotta.

Cabernet sauvignon-based wines can often be recognised by their cassis (black currant) aromas sometimes with the addition of (depending on the region and the vinification) cedar-wood, earthy notes and pronounced tannins. In warmer climates cabernet sauvignon wines become more full-bodied and softer, with ripe fruit and sometimes a certain jamminess.

In many cases cabernet sauvignon is blended with other grape varieties, often to make so-called ‘Bordeaux blends’ (an increasing trend), but it is also very common to find pure “cab” wines.

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In focus - Margaux

>> Tuesday, 18 May 2010



Chateau Margaux, Bordeaux, France

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Chateau Margaux is located in the Margaux appellation, in the Medoc wine region, just north of the city of Bordeaux. It is one of the five Grands Crus Classés 1855. It is also well known for its beautiful chateau, of harmonious proportions, built by the architect Louis Combes, in a style similar to, and inspired by, the Grand Theatre in the city.

The vineyard is mainly around the chateau itself. It is planted with classic Medoc grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot. The 'grand vin' is Chateau Margaux, the second wine is Pavillon Rouge and there is even a white wine called Pavillon Blanc.

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A pointer

>> Monday, 17 May 2010



Chateau Cantenac Brown, Margaux, Medoc, Bordeaux, France

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Chateau Cantenac Brown is in the commune of Margaux in the Medoc region in Bordeaux. It is one of the "classified growths", classified as a troisième cru (third growth) in the ancient classification of 1855. The vineyards extend over some 54 hectares, mostly around the chateau in the Cantenac area. It is planted with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. The chateau itself is one of the more unusual of the grand Medoc chateau, built in brick (or at least it looks as if it were) and more looking like a British mansion rather than a bordelais wine chateau.

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Three things that were pulled from their places

>> Sunday, 16 May 2010



Corks. Chateau Brane Cantenac, Margaux, Medoc, bordeaux, France

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Chateau Brane Cantenac is in the commune of Margaux in the Medoc region in Bordeaux (not to be confused with the neighbour Cantenac Brown!). It is one of the "classified growths", classified as a deuxième cru (second growth) in the ancient classification of 1855. The vineyards extend over some 90 hectares. It is planted with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Today it belongs to the Lurton family, who is one of the great land and property owners in Bordeaux. It is run by the charming Henri Lurton since 1986, the oldest son of Lucien Lurton. The soil is gravel, sand and clay. The winery (chai) has recently been renovated and has an impressive range of new wooden fermentation vats. Wine is aged in French oak barrels, with some racking. It is bottled and labelled with a gold-and-black label of not the most modern design.

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What's wrong with low-hanging fruit?

>> Saturday, 15 May 2010



Bunches of ripe grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Kirwan, Margaux, Medoc, Bordeaux, France

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Chateau Kirwan is a classed growth (cru classé) property in the commune of Margaux (and appellation controlee) in the Medoc wine district in Bordeaux. It is owned by the Schyler family (today headed by Yann) of the négociant Schroder et Schyler. The vineyards are planted with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot vines. The winery has much of the latest equipment, much like all the major chateau in the Medoc: sorting table, cuverie stainless steel fermentation tanks, pneumatic press, etc. And they age their red wine in oak barrique barrels of course.

They make a Grand Vain, the Chateau Kirwan, a second wine called Les Charmes de Kirwan, and even a rosé wine, Bordeaux Clairet.

The chateau building has harmonious proportions and is situated in a beautiful park. It is famous for its rose flower plantation.

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Mildew magnet? Perhaps. It certainly looks nice.

>> Friday, 14 May 2010



Vineyard with roses at the end of the rows. Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France

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Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere is a big winery in the Pessac-Leognan appellation. Pessac Leognan is just south of Bordeaux city, part of it is actually in the suburbs. A few decades ago it "declared independence" from the greater appellation of Graves of which it was previously a part. It is a bit like the story of someone thinking the club was not good enough for them so they created their own club - all the best known chateaux in Graves are in Pessac Leognan (which is still considered part of Graves too).

Chateau Malartic Lagraviere was acquired in 1997 by the rich Belgian family of Michèle and Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie. They have invested massively in the winery and in the vineyards, as well as in the beautiful chateau itself, located in a small park. Today it is run by the son, Jean-Jacques Bonnie, and his wife Séverine. All the installations have been renewed: new vat-room, new fermentation tanks (stainless steel), now cellar equipment, substantial investment in new oak barrels every year etc etc. They also experiment with various new "technologies", e.g. 'vinification integrale' (fermentation of red wine in the barrel, and oak casks (barriques) of wood other than oak, e.g. acacia.

The vineyard is partially next to the winery, with typical gravely soil. It is planted with vines of the classic Bordeaux varieties: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, and petit verdot. they also make a white wine from sauvignon blanc and sémillon grapes.

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Night-fall; time for a glass?

>> Thursday, 13 May 2010



Winery building. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France

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Château Smith Haut Lafitte is one of the so-called classed growth wineries in Pessac-Leognan in the Graves district of Bordeaux. It is, as you can guess, on gravely soil. In the mid-90s the chateau was bought by the Cathiard family (Daniel and Florence) who still runs it. It is one of the most commercially astute and inventive chateaux in the area. The have built a luxurious hotel and spa in the vineyards, called Les Sources de Caudalie. It has two restaurants and a spa and well-being centre where you can get all sorts of health, skin and beauty treatments using products based on wine making by-products, e.g. skin cream made from grape pips or take a bath in a wine-filled hot-tub.

The vineyard is virtually all in one big square plot around the winery. It covers some 45 hectares planted with merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. They also make some white wine made from sauvignon blanc, sauvignon gris and sémillon. There's a second label called Les Hauts de Smith.

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Basking, not tasting

>> Wednesday, 12 May 2010



Group of visitors. Chateau La Louviere, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France

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Chateau La Louviere is located in the Pessac-Léognan appellation, in the Graves wine region, just south of the city of Bordeaux. It belongs to André Lurton, one of the icons of the Bordelais wine scene. The chateau building itself has been beautifully restored by the Lurtons since André acquired the estate in 1965. The vineyards extend over more than 60 hectares, planted with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, and petit verdot used to make the red chateau La Louviere wines. For the white wines they use sauvignon blanc and sémillon.

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A very odd contraption for red wine fermentation

>> Tuesday, 11 May 2010



Fermentation in barrel. Specially designed equipment to put grapes in the barrel. Oak barrel aging and fermentation cellar. Girolate winery. Despagne Vineyards and Chateaux, Bordeaux, France

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The Despagne winemaking family is established in the Bordeaux area since over two centuries. Their base is the Chateau Tour de Mirambeau. They own five different properties and make over 1.5 million bottles of wine each year. The company is today run by the three children of Jean-Louis: Thibault, Gabriel and Basaline.

The domains / wineries where they make wine are: Chateau Mont Perat, Chateau Tour de Mirambeau, Chateau Rauzan Despagne and Chateau Bel Air Perponcher. They have a fifth wine label called Girolate which is a project to make an exclusive top-of-the-range wine. Girolate is a 10 ha vineyard planted with merlot on a soil similar to the one found in Saint Emilion. For this wine they spare no effort, e.g. fermenting the wine in oak barrels (which is not easy for a red wine). Their ffull range includes red, white as well as sweet white wines. Their vineyards are planted with the traditional Bordeaux grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon and franc, merlot for the red wines, and sauvignon blanc, sémillon and muscadelle for the white wines. In the vineyards they use both mechanical (machine) harvest and manual harvest. For the vinification in the wineries they use both stainless steel tanks, other types of fermenting vats and oak barrels.

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Hot or cold?

>> Monday, 10 May 2010



Thermometer in the winery. Chateau Lapeyronie, Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France

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Chateau Lepeyronie Côtes de Castillon stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Chateau Lapeyronie is in the sub-appellation of Cotes de Castillon in the Bordeaux wine region. It is a smallish area with just under 3000 ha. The vines planted in the vineyards are mostly merlot, cabernet sauvignon and franc, and malbec grape varieties.

Chateau Lapeyronie is owned and run by Helene Lapeyronie, who is both winemaker and cellar master. It's a small vineyard with only some 2.5 ha of vines. She has acquired a solid reputation of making high quality wines in this otherwise rather unknown appellation. The winemaking is very hands on. A small team of harvest workers bring in the grapes. Harvest is manual - grapes are cut with secateurs. Grapes are crushed and then put in small stainless steel fermentation vats where fermentation and maceration takes place. This is followed by some time for the wine in oak barrel.

All images © copyright Per Karlsson, BKWine. Images may not be used without our permission.


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Breathing space

>> Wednesday, 5 May 2010



Pumping over. Chateau Reignac, Bordeaux, France

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Chateau de Reignac winery,Bordeaux, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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The Chateau de Reignac wine estate is located in what is often called the Entre-deux-Mers region, in the Libournais in Bordeaux. It was bought some years ago by Yves and Stephanie Vatelot who started a massive renovation of the winery and investment program (having previously made a fortune as an inventor and industrialist helped). The Chateau Reignac is located in what is nominally a rather humble appellation but the Vatelots had bigger ambitions than that. Their intention is to make a wine that can compete on the same table, so to say, with the best of what Bordeaux has to offer. The winemaking is ambitious and modern. They are experimenting with e.g. vinification of the red wines in barriques a painstaking and time consuming way of fermenting the red wine in small barrels (Cuvee Balthvs). The property has 80 hectares of vineyards planted on limestone and clay soil.

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The joys and dangers of photos on Flickr - stolen photos

Flickr is certainly an important player in the world of both amateur and professional photography today.

For a photographer it can be a great tool to show his photos, although I have not really started using it for that yet. Have so far only done some experiments.

On the other hand it can also be a place where people do copyright infringements.

I recently happened to find a set of photos that I did of Alpha Estate Wine in northern Greece on Flickr.

Someone, a dishonest person using the Flickr pseudonym blackpr_tim, has published my photos in his "photo stream" (his picture pages on flickr).

It was quite easy to find since the file name contain our business name (bkwine). Otherwise it would not have been so easy since, I understand, Flickr strips out embedded metadata from the images. (Incredibly silly.)

Here's how it looked on this guy's photo stream, with BKWine's pictures on it (link to screen shot).

What to do?

First step: I contact, through Flickr messaging, blackpr_tim and ask that he remove the images. No answer. I wait. Still no answer.

I would certainly like to know who this "blackpr_tim" is! How can anyone with a straight face, just steal images like that? The pseudonym makes you think that it is someone working in PR (is there a Greek company called "Black PR"?). If he does work in PR he would deserve to be fired. A person working in PR and who does not understand copyright is in the wrong business.

So, having no response from blackpr_tim, what to do?

Look in the footer on the Flickr pages. There's a link called "report abuse". Well, I certainly thought this was abuse. But that's the wrong place to go.

There's another link that says "Copyright / IP Policy". That's the right place. Not quite obvious but not difficult to find either.

It gives you detailed instructions on what to do.

You have to follow their instructions to the exact detail and use the exact working requested, otherwise it won't work. It follows a legal proceeding called DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) that obliges contents hosters to remove material that is infringing, provided the correct procedure is followed.

So I wrote an email, taking care to use the correct wording and giving the exact locations of the images.

A few hours later I get a response back and the images have been removed. (They missed one but I am sure they'll fix that too.)

I'm impressed. Quite easy and very quick response.

But don't do things like this frivolously. If you are wrong (e.g. if it's not your images or if the person does have permission to post them) it may cost you dearly.

Problem solved!

I just wonder who this guy blackpr_tim is?

Don't know if Flickr will suspend his account or just remove my images. Somehow hope they do. At least it will cause him a bit more work to reestablish his Flickr presence...


Greece Alpha Estate Winery stock photography samples - Images by Per Karlsson

Alpha Estate Winery, Greece, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Alpha Estate Winery (Ktima Alpha) is located in the village Agios Panteleimon, Amyndeon, north western Greece, viticultural appellation region Florina. The name of the appellation and wine region is Amyndeon. Alpha was one of the first private vineyards in the Amyndeon area in northern Macedonia in Greece established with a quality wine focus. It was founded by Angelos Iatridis, winemaker, and Makis Mavridis.

The main grape variety is xinomavro, with both classic vinification and carbonic maceration. Other grape varieties: syrah, making more international style wines, sauvignon blanc giving typical varietal character. Alpha also makes a sweet white wine based on malagousia and gewurztraminer.

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Size matters. How to increase the size (Or: a short overview of a digital photography workflow)

>> Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Now that's a heading that verges on the silly, isn’t it?

I had a question today on “how do you uprez your files”. Here’s a little info. A little more than asked for perhaps.

Size is important when it comes to photography. The images have to be of sufficient size to be published. A frequent recommendation is that the “uncompressed” file size should be at least 48MB. What this means is that an 8-bit tiff file should take up at least that much space on the disk. Expressed in another way, this equates to approximately 3000 x 5000 pixels. If you are looking at a jpeg (jpg) then the file size will vary, perhaps between 8MB to 12MB. (If you need this is of course dependent on what you will use the photos for!)

Many cameras do not produce files of that size so you will have to make the files bigger (also called up-res, or up-rezz, or up-size or similar things).



Instead of just giving the simple answer I thought it could be worth while to explain in brief my full “developing” or processing workflow:

1. Shoot in raw. Always shoot in raw! (did you only shoot polarioids when using film cameras?)

This means that the photos must be processed after shooting. Yes, must. You cannot use a raw image as-is.

2. “Ingest”, i.e. move the files from the camera to the hard disks (yes, in plural. Backup is vital) change the names to your naming standard (important!) etc etc. I’ll skip the details of this.

3. Process the images with Capture One (a software from Phase One).

There are several different raw processing sw to choose from. The most popular is probably Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) that you get with Photoshop and Lightroom. My preference is clearly Capture One. My impression is that it gives better results and is faster to work with (speed matters too! Not only size. If you have a few thousand images to process it will rapidly make a huge difference).

However (and this is a big ‘but’): Capture One is difficult to get to grips with. But once you have figured out how it works, all the keyboard short cuts, commands etc it is really fast. And gives very good results. It's worth while to learn it.

Input to Capture One: raw file

Output: 16 bit (yes, 16) tiff file, in the original (camera) resuolution

4. Adjust the image in Photoshop

This may include additional colour/saturation adjustments, dust removal, cloning, etc etc. Or almost nothing.

The final step is to change it to an 8-bit tiff.

The 8-bit tiff becomes my “working original” from which I can make delivery copies. This is the file I put in my “develops” catalogue.

5. Make a delivery copy

This is where up-sizing comes in. If, for instance, a photo is supposed to go into a stock library like e.g. Alamy or my own BKWine Photography then it needs to be at least “48 MB uncompressed”. This, as explained above, means that the 8-bit tiff should be 48 MB. This tiff should then be converted to jpeg and sent to the library. Here’s what I do:

a) Up-size with Photoshop (“Image Size”) using the Bicubic Smoother option. How much you should upsize depends on the size of the original file and how big you need the result to be. If the 8-bit tiff is around 17MB (coming from a 6 megapixel camera) then you need to upsize around 173% to get to 48MB uncompressed. You will have to test to get the exact numbers right. (Note: sometimes it is said that you should upsize in 10% steps. Don’t!)

If the raw file is big enough out of the camera, you don’t need to do this. This is the case for some of the recent DSLRs (e.g. the Canon EOS 5D Mark ii) but for most cameras you need to uprez.

b) Save the file as a jpeg, quality 10 to 12 (maximum quality or close to maximum quality)

6. Send the file to the destination.

YOU’RE DONE!


A note on sharpening: I never do sharpening, at least not for stock photos. I’m not a specialist on the technology, but there seems to be an consensus that sharpening is a bad idea. You should only do sharpening once you know how the image will be used (what kind of printing and what size) and you never do for stock. So, don’t do sharpening!

A note on noise: If you have used very high ISO (say, 800 or more) you may need to use some noise reduction. I’d recommend a dedicated noise reduction software to do that. You can also do it in Photoshop but I prefer e.g. Noise Ninja.

A note on organisation: You need to catalogue files with a DAM system (Digital Asset Management) but that’s a big subject in itself. I am currently looking for a new DAM solution since my old one (Extensis Portfolio) seems to have decided to leave the independent photographers’ market.

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Published in Sweden's biggest wine magazine

This photo (together with a few others of mine) is published in the latest issue of Sweden's biggest wine magazine, Bolaget, with over half a million copies in print. It's available for free in all the Systembolaget monopoly wine shops.



Estelle Roumage, winemaker, of the owning family. Chateau Lestrille, Bordeaux, France

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And she makes very nice wine too!

Here's her web site: http://www.lestrille.com/ with brand new design!

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Chateau Lestrille is a family winery owned by the Roumage family. The winemaker is Estelle Roumage, with the help of her father Jean-Louis. It is located in in the village of Saint Germain du Puch in the Entre deux Mers wine region, in the centre of the Bordelais wine country, a short drive from Bordeaux city. The vineyards include traditional Bordeaux grape varieties: merlot, cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc and gris, sémillon and muscadelle. The vines are an average of 20 years old. The winery is in the centre of the village and is equipped with modern temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, as well as traditional concrete vats. They sometimes use micro-oxidation as well as other modern vinification techniques. Some of the red wines are aged in oak barrels (barriques). They make both red wine, white wine and rosé with the appellations Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur and Entre-deux-Mers.

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