For months before my trip to Italy, I had dreamed of waking up at sunrise to drive through the countryside and photograph the legendary morning mist over the legendary rolling hills, cypresses, and hill towns of Tuscany. However, when I smacked my rental car into a stone wall while attempting to navigate a 270-degree turn down a 30%-grade hill my first afternoon in Montepulciano, I decided to limit the amount of driving I did. That meant no sunrise drive. :(
I still decided to wake up at sunrise, however. Montepulciano is the highest-altitude of the Tuscan hill towns, so the views from all sides of the town were tremendous. I got some decent pictures, but nothing particularly special. Then I saw this old stone farmhouse and this view. It took some unique positioning of my camera over a thorny hedge and through a thin line of trees, but I think I pulled it off.
What a heavenly view. The only thing that marred it somewhat were the 3 bubbly American college girls also up taking photos. Not my idea of a peaceful sunrise--but I have to respect their determination to get up at the crack of dawn.
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fds (5321) 2013-01-02 22:38
dear frind very beautiful mpaint from my region
i kcwon very well this ground i visit this also this november
fantastic light and great location and scharpnees
emka (58224) 2013-01-02 23:41
Hi Clark, I also dream about some hiking around the Tuscany hills. had no opportunity yet. marvelous landscape of rolling hills and some cypresses, the landmark of Italian countryside. Beautiful morning view
olive224 (1245) 2013-01-03 2:53
A very nice capture here ;)
The tones are suddle and the colors just perfect
Good job !
lousat (57724) 2013-01-03 14:57
Hi Clark,a great advertising for my country,this is a magnificent work,a spectacular view between pic and peinture,great point of view and spectacular details and colors,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
npecanhuk (53919) 2013-01-03 15:04
Very beautiful view!
Sharpness, management of light, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
A very happy and prosperous 2013 !!
Kamilutka (3207) 2013-01-04 6:21
It was a pleasure to read your note as well as look at your photo.
Amazing shot! I like the POv you chose, which gives very good perspective. Wonderful colors and great light management.
chawax (14918) 2013-01-05 6:26
A nice POV on Tuscany landscapes. The house is a very good foreground for the picture. The misty light is very beautiful.
All the best for year 2013.
- Copyright: Clark Monson (cdmonson) (4301)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-05-31
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Hitech ND Grad 0.6 Soft
- Exposure: f/8, 1/15 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Italy 2012
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-02 20:32