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Belvedere by AndyMumford Belvedere by AndyMumford
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A Tuscan icon, the Belvedere farmhouse in Val d’Orcia at dawn is pretty much symbolic of Tuscany and the landscape in this area. When I was staying in the area, I made a decision to try and get something different and more original from the place, and so when I set off for a dawn shoot, I deliberately drove past it and went on to shoot a few kilometers down the road, coming back with [link] and [link] among others.

I’d packed up for the morning, the sun was too high to give really nice light and most of the mist had burned off. I wandered back across through the muddy fields to the car, spent some time removing huge quantities of mud and clay off my feet then set off back to the town thinking about breakfast and how much I wanted a cup of coffee.
A few minutes later, I was driving past the Belvedere farmhouse, and I realized that it would be silly to come to the area and NOT get a few shots of it. I resolved to come back and shoot it the following morning, but for some reason, not sure why when breakfast and coffee was becoming such an imperative, I U-turned the car and drove back to the place where the road overlooked this farmhouse telling myself that I’d just look for a few compositions. It’s a far from straightforward location to get a clear shot of, as the top of the hill from where this view is, has lots of trees, a couple of farms and an overhead phone cable…so I wandered around looking for a clean shot of the farmhouse and the valley in order to save time stumbling around in the dark the following morning looking for a place to compose from.

I eventually found a place I was happy with, and took a few shots. I didn’t really pay much attention, just thought “Since I’m here, I may as well get some record shots”. The sun was too high, the scene was pretty much backlit, the light too harsh and the best of the mist had gone.

Then I headed off for breakfast.

I was in Tuscany another two days, and on both mornings the entire valley was filled with thick fog that reduced visibility to a couple of meters, completely ruling out the possibility of shooting any landscape vistas, so the shots I’d done of Belvedere on the first morning were the only ones I would ever get.
In retrospect, I’m happy that I spent the morning in the other location, because the shots I got that morning are among my favourites, but I’m obviously glad that I did delay breakfast long enough to get some shots of this scene…and they didn’t come out too badly considering.

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Taken in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy
Nikon D3 | Nikkor 80-400 ED VR
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.9 (3 stop) soft NDG
1/500 | f9.5 | 80mm

Workflow in Apple Aperture 2. Title in PS

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves. Sadly, I no longer have time to reply to individual comments, but I do appreciate people taking the time to look.
Any questions, please note me.
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Ellke Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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LunaFeles Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013   Photographer
Hey :)
featured your photo here: [link]
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ZlobaNajvacsia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
amazing
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Ciugi Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Oh god, Tuscany! My lovely country! Love the lights fantastic shot, really!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Thanks so much, Tuscany was a beautiful place to shoot
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Ciugi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
you're welcome :)
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Skycode Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Featured this one too inhere :iconteamoplz:
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:iconuhra:
Uhra Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009   Photographer
Very beautiful capture. Love the foggy and vast landscape.
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mariyaolshevska Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hi:wave:
You've been featured in this news article --> [link] , enjoy!:shamrock::snowflake:
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
So beautiful. Love it.
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful! :deviation: :camera: :rose: Coco
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CJStreva Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Such beauty! Thanks for sharing, Andy! :faint:
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CeciliaM Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Also glad that you delayed breakfast : great mood in this shot
:clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
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younglaura Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
:faint: you have done it again! :heart:
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AmberSunset Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009   Photographer
Breathtaking... :heart:
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:iconislandtime:
islandtime Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
I love this one Andy!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Thanks Viktoria :-)
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ariseandrejoice Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
This beautiful offering has been featured. Thank you! [link]
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:iconrocqua:
rocqua Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
a great shot, and well.... clasically you.

it's just a tad over sharpened though :(
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lum1neuz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
wonderfull... beyond!!
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dwth Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 83rd.:wave:
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c1n3kk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
looks a bit oversharpened... but in overall pretty good ;)
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dpjenAC Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I think Tuscany is a paradise for landscapes photographers, and this is the best shot i'd ever seen of it... wonderful work!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Thanks so much
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dpjenAC Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome
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Star-buck Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
I'm glad you submitted this :)
It's wonderful, Andy McAndertons!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Thanks angel :D
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Star-buck Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
welcome :)
angel?? moi??:devilish:
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
You are....you know it :D
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Star-buck Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
:sadangel:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
What a fantastic smiley!!! That's awesome...but kind of sad :-(
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:iconstar-buck:
Star-buck Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
better than this?
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
That's just rude. There are dark places in your mind Kat. Very very dark ;-)
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mitchellkrog Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009   Photographer
Beautiful image Andy
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Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
incredible view! such a lovely capture of the mist
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:iconversifier:
versifier Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
lovely, as always!

btw- my girlfriend had a brilliant trip to italy, am hoping she used your advice.. yet to see the images she brought back!
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diegokman Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Wow, amazing work Andy. :D
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kyokosphotos Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: I lile your work so I feature it here [link]
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BadiB Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
amazing
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foureyes Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
:+fav:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Cheers Bernie
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ladyrapid Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous short here tho I think the sharpening is too much, it's over the top a bit. Would look better with a little more soft touch I think. Great shot still mate!

/rob
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inmymind81 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:faint: Beautiful work!
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ds28 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great sharpness n nice depth of field , what a view!
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pestilence Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
Respect once again, refreshing my mind, and while I was thinking that its been some time I last saw a submission of yours.
I am actually thinking of getting a nice book from you with your travels :) and lots of seascapes (did someoone actually say I am not a sucker for seascapes??? :P).
Keep em coming Andy! :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Cheers mate...hope you're good :-)
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pestilence Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
I am Andy...just waiting 2 more weeks for my summer holidays....darn...I am getting tired
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stetre76 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful scene with well chosen point of view. the mist is great and adds a lot to the atmosphere!
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
Breathtaking.
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uae4u Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
The view is absolutely wonderful ! amazing :aww:
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