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NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D3
Shutter Speed
1/30 second
Aperture
F/16.0
Focal Length
17 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Apr 3, 2009, 4:26:12 PM
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Cypress by AndyMumford Cypress by AndyMumford
The Photo

I think that these are perhaps the most photographed trees in Italy.

I first came across them in books by Charlie Waite and Lee Frost a couple of years ago when I took up photography, and I've often wondered exactly when it was that they became a tourist attraction. They feature on so many postcards of the area, and pretty much every photographer who visits central Tuscany will make a detour to shoot them. I was there for 3 nights and on the evening I took this, I shared the location with 2 other photographers. When I drove past on other nights (they are situated next to a very busy road), there was always someone there with a tripod.

It's hard to describe the feeling of driving along the road, rounding a bend, and seeing them in front of me, something that I've seen so often in books, an iconic scene of Tuscany, there, right next to the road.

There are really only two places to shoot these trees from; the side, like this, or the more common angle of directly infront. I shot both, but preferred this angle because the cereal was so short that from the front too much of the earth was showing, making the hill look a little bald [link]

At first, I used a polarizer here, but as I was shooting really wide angle, it was leaving an unpleasant over-polarized blue in the centre of the image, so I switched to a two stop neutral density graduated filter (soft grad) to maintain plenty of detail in the sky.

Taken near San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy
Nikon D3 | Nikkor 17-35 f2.8 ED
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.6 (2 stop) soft edged neutral density filter
1/30 | f16 | 17mm

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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NeutralDensity Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
looks familiar :P
[link]
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JulienKraakman Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice!
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AliceSKF Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
very very amazing!!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Thanks so much
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AliceSKF Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
:)
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vytros22 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that's a Cypress Hill xD
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Lol...thanks
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jarofjuice Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Congrats! :party: This has been featured in Thumbies! vol 5 here [link]

Cheers :w00t:
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Pete-B Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Superb. I shot Tuscany and Umbria last year. But H wasn't too happy about me disapearing off on my own all the time. So I mainly stuck to the architecture and people. Seeing this makes me want to go back on my own.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Yeah, where did you go in Tuscany and Umbria. We stayed in Preci and San Quirico d'Orcia. Loved both places, but there was something incredibly special about Umbria...I thought the people were absolutely incredible there.
I keep saying I want to go back, I'd like to see Tuscany a little later in the year, and Umbria I'd like to see when there's a lot of snow. If you ever do plan on going back, we should meet up and make it a proper photo trip
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