Kevin Raber

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Chapel On The Hill

Chapel On The Hill, Tuscany, Italy

Chapel On The Hill, Tuscany, Italy

There is no questions the Tuscany landscape is a photographers dream. As good as it is though it is a challenge to shoot as so much of the landscape is far away and there is little foreground subjects to aid in composition. So, when shooting you need to look at things different. In this case I let the sky be dominant and it then draws you to the subject matter which id the chapel on the hill as some otto the other buildings. I also let the clouds above the chapel anchor the eye to the bottom 1/3⅓ f the image. Shot with a Phase One IQ260 and 240mm lens.


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Barrel Room

Barrel Room, Abandoned Farm House, Tuscany, Italy

Barrel Room, Abandoned Farm House, Tuscany, Italy

While shooting a sunrise in Tuscany we stumbled onto an abandoned farm house.  It was wonderful exploring it and I did come out with some nice images.  This is an image of a room where I believe barrels were made.  It was just about complete darkness.  I used a Phase One IQ260 that is great for long exposures.  the exposure was a long one and yielded a surreal image.  I hope you like it.


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Chapel

Chapel On The Hill

Chapel On The Hill

Near as I can figure and from what I have been told, many Italian families with large properties in Tuscany built their own family chapels.  You can find these dotting the landscape all over Italy.  This one chapel I came back to time and time again as it could be shot at different times of days and from far away or close-up.  This one shot from the field in front of the chapel.  The field was all yellow and I decided to use this as an extreme foreground and position the chapel in the upper right.  I think it works.


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Cloudy, Cold and Foggy

Foggy Cold Morning In Tuscany

Foggy Cold Morning In Tuscany

Sometimes sunrises don’t have sun.  They still offer a chance to shoot some nice images as in this image.  We made it to the top of an overlook hill.  We could see two different valleys.  Fog was rolling in and changing the scene every few minutes allowing for a lot of picture taking.  After viewing the images I selected this one as one that works well.  Hope you enjoy it.


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Sunset Again In Tuscany

Sunset With Houses. Tuscany, Italy

Sunset With Houses. Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany landscapes have building in them.  Stone elegant buildings.  You actually figure  ways to use these building in your images.  This is a shot done at sunset where the buildings do a lot to make the image.  All I can say are the sunsets are so colorful and the light just begs to be photographed.  I shot this with a Phase One IQ260 that has a lot of dynamic range capability and allowed me to keep detail in highlights and shadows.  It would have been hard to make this shot with a DSLR camera.

 


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Trees

Trees In Tuscany

Trees In Tuscany

Seems that one thing that is very noticeable in Tuscany are the trees.  These in most cases are Cedar trees that dot property borders and hillside peaks.   These trees are sometimes group as in this picture. This set of trees is very iconic in Tuscany and at almost any time of day you can find tourists shooting this location. The trick is to get there at the right time of day and catch it at sunset or sunrise with soft warm light and hopefully as in this image some nice clouds.


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Tuscany Valley

Tuscany Valley

Tuscany Valley

So many places to shoot images that are keepers in Tuscany.  This image was made from a spot we found along the side of the road.  we were looking down into this valley and just as were getting the cameras  ready the whole valley lit up.  I immediately rush and started shooting.  The results are perfect.  Very different shooting here but a new experience that has it challenges.  I love it.


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Magic Light In Tuscany

Magic Light On A Tuscany Hillside

Magic Light On A Tuscany Hillside

I am totally in love with Tuscany.  It’s a very different kind of landscape as it is big and broad and lacks a lot of foreground that I am so used to using in typical landscape shots.  So, I rely on light and the composition to keep the eye moving in the right direction.  This is some magic light.  After an early morning sunrise shoot we were driving down the road and there was great light lighting up the hillside through breaks in the clouds.  Made with the Phase One IQ160 camera with a 240mm lens.


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Tuscany All It Is Said To Be

Tuscany Hillside

Tuscany Hillside

I have been and will be in Tuscany all week.  I am leading a Phase One PODAS worksop tour.  The weather has been excellent, the group great and the photography fantastic.  I’ll be posting a lot of images over the coming weeks, but for now please enjoy this image of trees.


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One More Day Until The Start Of PODAS Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy - Sunrise

Tuscany, Italy – Sunrise

The last two days have been very busy prepping for the PODAS Tuscany workshop that officially kicks off on April 21st.  Tuscany is a landscape photographers dream.  The villages and landscapes are exceptional.  Tuscany also takes on a whole new look at dawn and sunset.  This will be where we spend most of our time focusing our photography.  We have early morning shoots as well as sunset shoots planned from Sunday through next Saturday.  I’ll be posting images as often as I can so you can share our adventure through Tuscany.  Please come back often and visit.  For now I’ll leave you with the sunrise shot taken yesterday.  Made with the NEW IQ260 and 240mm lens.  This is turning out to me my favorite combination.  The 240mm lens is one of the best lenses I have eve used.  The sharpness and contrast is second to none.  It’s going to be a long week and we have a great team and attendees from all over the world.

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