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NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D3
Shutter Speed
285714/100000000 second
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F/13.0
Focal Length
200 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Apr 4, 2009, 6:04:46 AM
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
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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.

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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
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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:iconjosemelim:
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!
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PhotoshopGirl29 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Magnificent Work!
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NikolaiMalykh Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good shot & story!
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:iconjosemelim:
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!
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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.
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
What do you want to use the picture for?
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:iconcheetahart:
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.
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:iconandymumford:
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.
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:iconcheetahart:
CheetahArt Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student
Ok thanks! :)
oh and btw... [link]
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:iconipratropium:
ipratropium Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
que sítio. e execução... e parabéns.
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Muito obrigado :-)
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Photographer
a hard-earned shot and surely all the more satisfying for it, stunning shot Andy
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Thanks so mucu
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leezig0 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for adding the story. I love it when I can read about how much trouble someone went to for the perfect shot. I must say , it was worth it. This is a truely wonderful photograph. Thanks for posting. You made me laugh for the first time today. [link]
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Thanks a lot, I'm glad you like it
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:iconsmatsh:
smatsh Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Tuscany and Italy itself just perfect place for photography but this picture just unbelivable. I like soft picture with fog and especially composition with two trees in focus. Very well done. Congratulations. [link]
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Thanks so much
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:iconsmatsh:
smatsh Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You always welcome. Your landscape are brillinat looking at the works like Yours I trying to improve my. It is always a very good motivation :)
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:iconlettyzzz:
lettyzzz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
So soft and so peaceful *-*
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Thanks so much
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:iconlettyzzz:
lettyzzz Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Ur welcome!!
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:iconebenewood:
EBENEWOOD Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010   General Artist
Absolutely splendid!! :clap::sun::cuddle:
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Thankyou
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:icondem-m:
Dem-M Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Wow, amazing.
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Thanks so much :-)
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:iconporbital:
porbital Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010   Photographer
I featured your work in my journal [link] :) Please have a look.
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:iconthinking-silence:
Thinking-Silence Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Pure love :love:
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
:-)
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:iconalban-expressed:
alban-expressed Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Wow, totally amazing. :-)
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:iconkaitlyngrenier:
KaitlynGrenier Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
That Star-buck was a lucky gal to have such a thoughtful bday present! ;) I sure hope she appreciated it!
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
She is a very lucky girl..not sure she deserves it though ;-)
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KaitlynGrenier Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
:threaten:
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:iconmeppol:
meppol Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
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:iconswoosh:
swoosh Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
:fav+: !!!
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LadyCarnal Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009   Photographer
:iconchristmascandyplz: Featured: [link] :iconchristmascandyplz:
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:iconpheelfresh:
pheelfresh Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009   Photographer
Wow Andy. This is pure class and elegance. The rolling hills partly covered in the mist moving you towards the two lonely cypress trees and then up to the little village(?). Wonderful diagonal work (which I adore). Composing such a shot is just brilliance. I'm glad you saw this and could share it with us all.

You've been doing some quality work lately Andy. I really like how you've evolved as a photographer. I wish you all the best.

Anyways, a quick visit here on dA from me. I get scared when I look at my inbox here... way too many unansvered messages and deviations. Anyways, have a great summer mate!

- Anders
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
As ever Anders, it's a pleasure to hear from you mate.

I've checked your website a couple of times, but last time I looked you hadn't updated it for quite a while. Hope everything is good with you and your life.

I'm really glad you like this shot. Of all the shots I returned from Italy with, this is far and away my favourite, although it's not a DA crowd-pleaser. It's funny, but many of the shots that I'm really happy with never get submitted here because I know they aren't the type of things that go down well. I'm actually shooting more landscapes with telephoto lenses than wide angles now, I really enjoy the different possibilities of composition you get between 80mm and 400mm.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work, and be warned, if I'm ever in Norway I'll probably turn up on your doorstep :-)
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:iconpheelfresh:
pheelfresh Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009   Photographer
Hehe. Dont you ever dare turning up on my doorstep... Nah, just kidding. You are most welcome if you're ever in my part of the world. I'll take you up into the great mountainous wilderness. Beware of the bears though :)

When I was browsing through your recent work, this one is the one that stood out the most for me (hence commenting on it). I've seen many shots similar to this, but this one is still something special. The light, the mist, the fantastic composition. It just works so great.

I think people get too caught up with that "i gotta shoot wideangle for landscape" stuff. Who says that? I mean, variation is the key to becoming an even better photographer. The ability to work with all ranges from extreme wide to the longest tele is an advantage for the landscape photographer. Isolating compositions is sometimes very useful. I use the 70-200 quite a lot when doing landscapes. Especially in the mountains where the visible range is quite far sometimes. Then you just need to isolate peaks while you still manage to get a great composition.

And yes, everything is good. As good as it gets I think. To be honest, the last 5-6 months I haven't really had the energy for photography. A while I had this "bad" feeling about photography after shooting a lot for work. Product photography just kills my creativity and it's possibly the most boring things I have done in my life. Not fun I tell you, but it pays the bills (well, at least some of them). Work has been tiresome and I don't have the time to go on excursions as much as I would have liked to. Therefore I have to spend my vacations wandering about in the mountains, which is good.

I hope to be more active in the future. I had almost forgot how much great stuff you guys produce. It was a treat browsing through your latest work.

- Anders
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Well mate, it's great to know that you've got your passion for shooting back. It's been similar for me for different reasons...haven't really been shooting since Easter when I was in Italy. After I've finished work, I just don't have the energy to get in the car, fight the rush hour and drive for an hour to shoot beaches I've shot so many times before....I tend to get much more motivated when I get away from Lisbon....either through travelling, like in Italy, or when we go to the south of Portugal...which we'll be doing for a couple of weeks.

Once again Anders, great to hear from you and looking forward to seeing more of your work
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younglaura Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Wooowwwweeeeee!!! HoLy ShiT! :love::hump::faint: this is probably my all time favourite photograph - I wish i was there!!! :nod: This is THEE most magical mistyness I have ever witnessed to date! Go YOU!:glomp: may you continue to capture such stunningness to share with the world for years and years to come!!! :) Thank God that we have this (and you) on our planet!!! :clap::w00t::typerhappy:
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Thanks so much :-)
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:iconlastsanctuary:
LastSanctuary Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009   Photographer
WOW~ great shot
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:icondancingelf:
dancingelf Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
All those mountain layers and mist create an amazing atmosphere. How I wish I were there! :D
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Thanks so much Ioanna...it was a wonderful place
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:iconstrangelight:
strangelight Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Beautiful. I love the layering of the hills and the limited range of colours in this shot. It looks very serene.
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:iconds28:
ds28 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
depth of field baby !!!
fantastic photo
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Its wonderful Andy, unbeleivably peaceful.

Alex
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Thanks Alex, I wondered what you would think of this. It's my favourite image from the trip to Italy I think, the conditions just came together perfectly and I was lucky enough to get the kind of shot I'd hoped to get before I went.
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:iconbabynuke:
babynuke Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Impressive shot, love the touch the fog gives to it all :)
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:iconfriendlybynature:
friendlybynature Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Very restful. Nice.
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