Still going back over old images and reprocessing them in Capture NX2. I always felt this shot was a little lacking in contrast in the foreground, and didn't really "pop", so I've tried to remedy that. Also re-edited "Sanctuary", "Piano Grande" and "In The Shadow of Mountains"
Another iconic scene in Tuscany, Capella di Vitaleta is usually a sunset location with the days last light illuminating the front of the building. I took this on my first morning there, the same morning that I shot "Two" which is a little to the right of this scene, a wonderful dawn when the weather conspired to fill Val dOrcia with low lying mist. The farmhouse of Belvedere is a much more common dawn location, but I wanted to see if I could get something different, and so found a place to shoot in a different part of the valley on my first morning there. I was faced with a constantly changing sea of mist between the hills, and although I hadnt originally intended to shoot the chapel, as I didnt think it would work as a backlit shot, it was too good an opportunity to miss as the first light of dawn coloured the sky above it.
I metered from the green of the field and used a 3 stop nd grad filter to control the highlights of the sky.
Taken in Val dOrcia, Tuscany, Italy Nikon D3 | Nikkor 80-400 ED VR Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead Lee 0.9 (3 stop) neutral density graduated filter (soft) 1/180 | f5.6 | 80mm
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Thanks to !Star-buck !edgueinart and *KirlianCamera who all picked this shot out from the images I took in Tuscany that are on my website. If you dont like it, blame them. OK?