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Valnerina by AndyMumford Valnerina by AndyMumford
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Another shot taken in the mountains of Umbria, central Italy. The Valnerina is a series of valleys that run through the Sibillini National Park, and contains some of the highest peaks in the region.

This is probably one of the most physically demanding shots I’ve ever taken, just for the effort involved in getting to the location before sunrise. We were staying in a small village about 30km away, and to get here for sunrise I had to get up at 4.30am and set off in the dark, driving through twisting roads that run through the fog filled gorges. Eventually, I started to climb up into the peaks and the road had 20 or more hair-pin bends, which were pretty scary in the dark and the fog.
After climbing around 1500 meters I leveled out onto the plain and parked up in the village of Castellucio I’d intended to grab some breakfast here, but I could see the sky lightening, and as I hadn’t had the chance to explore the location previously and find a shot, I was keen to get up into the peaks. So I hiked up another couple of kilometers and found this location looking out over one of the snow-capped peaks.
By the time I got here, I was pretty exhausted…not having eaten anything and hiking up to around 2000 meters, I really felt as though I was running on empty.
Looking out at the view though, it was more than worth it. The whole valley was covered in mist, and as it cleared from between the peaks I was hoping for colour in the sky, but sadly it never came.

This is a long exposure, taken before the sun had come up using a grad filter to lengthen the exposure, and a neutral density grad filter to hold back the brightness of the sky. I left the colours deliberately cool, rather than warm them up in post-processing.

You can see my location from this shot I was up on top of the ridge to the left of the image. There’s a black and white version of this shot here taken with a shorter exposure and after the sun had risen.




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Taken in the Valnerina, Sibillini National Park, Umbria, Italy
Nikon D3 | Nikkor 17-35 f2.8 ED
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.9 (2 stop) soft edged ND grad filter | Hoya ND400 9 stop ND filter
117s | f19 | 20mm

More shots from Italy:

Godspeed
Sibillini
Vitaleta
Cypress
Two


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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:iconthe-shining:
the-shining Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Acordar às 4h30 da manhã para fotografar é louvavel... :)

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Febo-theRealOne Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
wow Andy, looks like very exhausting climbing on epty stomach. I recently bought SpiruTein powder that you mix in a shaker with milk(you can drink with oat/rice/soya milk if you're lactointolerant) and stir it up in a shaker(also from SpiruTein or any other). it's quick, nutritive(all the vitamins, minerals, quality proteins.....) and you have full stomach. I drink it when I'm on the road or when I don't have time for early breakfast. I highly recommend it.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Cheers for that. Yeah, I wasn't particularly well prepared really. I just had loads of water and some fruit. I didn't want to miss the sunrise, so I thought I'd just eat the fruit after I arrived at the location...but of course that meant I didn't have a huge amount of energy to burn in getting up there.
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Febo-theRealOne Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
my pleasure mestre!
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Esteficita Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Absolutely amazing!
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dwth Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 77th.:wave:
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jarofjuice Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Hey there!

Your deviation has been featured:
In this journal - [link]
In this news article - [link]
On this site - [link]

Have a great day!
KJ
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friendlybynature Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Good choice on keeping the cool colors. They shine quite well here. Also, I'm not sure how much of this is personal preference toward over-saturation, but I much prefer the color image to the B&W taken later. (Also, the level of the fog here is much more alluring.) This shot is great.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Thanks so much :-)
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
such a wonderful view! beautiful!
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:iconjarofjuice:
jarofjuice Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
beautiful as always
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Funtoon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Professional Artist
I have featured your amazing piece [link] .. :aww: or you can check my Journal [link] .. :heart:
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Brettc Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Andy great comp & exp ... well done
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Cheers mate
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RickyLP Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Im not spending to much time on DA lately mate, sorry if i skipped any photos of yours.
A fabulous location Andy, composition is well balanced, that 117s soft mist is great, and color tones are wonderful.
Generally the combination of ND400 + a grad delivers very weird color casts on skyes in long exposures, im pretty impresed with this result.
cheers my friend.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Thanks loads Ricardo...Hope you're good :-)
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TTL-Photoworks Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009   Photographer
Featured here - [link]

Have a great weekend! :bounce:
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PictureElement Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009   Photographer
Beautiful image. Very special atmosphere!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Thanks Max :-)
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Funtoon Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Artist
An amazing shot with nice adventure .. Take care my friend and hope we see more and more .. :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I have to say andy I am really liking all the landscapes you have been posting recently. For me these are far more enjoyable than your seascapes. Shows you arent a one trick pony :P

This one is great, cold, muted and atmospheric. The only thing that looks a bit weird is the texture of the trees, but I guess there is nothing that would be done about that!

Alex
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Cheers loads Alex...to be honest, I've been to the coast twice since I had the new camera (about 6 months). I've really not been interested in shooting waterscapes at all recently.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
good :P
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NeoPiter Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Hey Andy, nicely done once again. Great capture.
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prayudi-bechi Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
waw.........iam speachless...............................
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
this has great contrast and the soft blue hues leading to the darker ones on the top are just great!!! :D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Cheers mate...glad you like it.
Oh, and thanks for the offensive comment on Facebook ;-) Luvyoutooo :D
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sleephead Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009   Photographer
really good composition, You have great eye ;)
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TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
nice, love the faded clouds
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hhryah Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
I really like the sharp quality of the shot! Beautiful colors too.
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Star-buck Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
breathtaking. :heart:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Thanks Mitsu....actually, after walking up here before dawn, breath-taking is about right...I couldn't breathe and had to sit down. I'm really not anything like as fit as I'd like to be
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Star-buck Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
hmm. Well if you want, I'll lend you my three kiddos and you can get fit chasing them around for a couple of weeks!
;)

nah, I'd miss them too much. lol

It's rewarding though, to go through a lot and end up with beautiful pictures. It's worth it!

:heart:
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cocainecupcake Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Wow, this was definitely worth the struggle to get there. Absolutely stunning :)
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Rebacan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Wonderful, and that shot of the village is amazing. :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Thanks so much, and glad you like the other shot of Castelluccion...it's an amazing place
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Rebacan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
I've bookmarked it so my senior brain will remember that I want to go there. :lol:
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sh4rkbi5cuit Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Sublime as always. I love the sky :)
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NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Beautiful photo, looks like a magical place :)
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Kernow-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic work Andy as always.
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alimuse Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Bravo!
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nicely composed. A gorgeous scene and fantastic light.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Cheers Jake...it's a great place
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Gilgond Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is stunning Andy! Looks like an amazing place :)
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ancoben Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Well worth the struggle to get this beautiful photo
Anne
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Originalbossman Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Thank you so much for teaching your techniques. Masterful. Every one of your photos teach me something new. I am grateful.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely crisp details from front to back.. gorgeous
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justeline Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
Definitely worth your effort Andy! Wonderful place, lovely cool tones, really beautiful image!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Thanks so much Maria :-)
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arqhugo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Great shot Andy!! I like very much the misty fog and the general light and composition!! It's for sure a trip that i've to make!
Cheers my friend


p.s. - i've sent you a email to your "mac.com"
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