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April 16, 2009
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Shutter Speed
285714/100000000 second
Focal Length
200 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Apr 4, 2009, 6:04:46 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
Two by AndyMumford Two by AndyMumford
This shot is dedicated to !Star-buck - a late birthday present :-)

The Photo

I took this on my recent trip to Italy, on my first morning in Tuscany.
We stayed in San Quirico d’Orcia, a tiny village in the heart of this valley, and I set off at around 6.20am, drove a km or so down the road to where I thought I’d have a decent view, and set off into the fields.
The main problem was that I hadn’t had time to scout the location on the evening before, and when I set up I kept getting the feeling that I would get a better composition a little over to the east, so I set off walking across the fields down one hill and up another in the mist.
When I reached the top of the next hill, same thing, I felt that I’d be better off on the next hill along, so I set off again…

By the time I’d finally reached the top of the next hill over, dawn was beginning to break, I’d walked around 2 kilometers from the car through some really thick mud. My shoes were buried underneath a kilogram of Italian field, and my trousers (which fortunately are waterproof) were also covered in mud.
It was tricky to work there, because everything I put down was immediately filthy, and it’s always at moments like this, when you’re thinking “I really don’t want to drop a filter here” that fate sends one slipping through your fingers.
Consequently I spent a fair amount of the morning trying to clean muddy filters and cable release, because once it’s on your hands, it’s of course going to be transferred to everything you touch.

Still, it was more than worth it. My final spot gave me a fantastic view over the entire mist-filled valley, completely free of telephone wires, and with different elements to compose in the mist in different directions.
I spent around an hour and a half shooting, after which the sun had got quite high in the sky and had burnt off most of the morning’s mist.

I was looking forward to shooting there again on the next two mornings, but as it turned out, the following mornings were incredibly foggy with no visibility, making it almost impossible to shoot, so this first morning was the only one I got.


Taken in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy
Nikon D3 | Nikkor 80-400 ED VR
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
1/350 | f13 | 200mm

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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JoseMelim Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful!!! I love the amazing misty atmosphere and the overall high key look. So delicate light and color tones! This is poetry, indeed!
PhotoshopGirl29 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Magnificent Work!
NikolaiMalykh Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good shot & story!
JoseMelim Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Composition, diluted misty light, amazing delicat color tones, all is really outstanding!!! A fantastic watercolor it seems, it is a wonderful and poetic photoeork, indeed!
CheetahArt Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student
Awesome shot!! :love:
Still can I ask if whether I can use the picture? I'm giving all credits.
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
What do you want to use the picture for?
CheetahArt Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student
Well I'm just making an Photomanipulation. Or at least trying :/ It's ready but I first need at least yours 'yes' I'm still a noob in still and I'm sure that something is missing but yea... at least it's a try.
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
That's fine, I just needed to know you're not going to use it commercially.
Good luck with it.
CheetahArt Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student
Ok thanks! :)
oh and btw... [link]
ipratropium Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
que sítio. e execução... e parabéns.
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