Tuscany is known for never ending landscapes and rolling hells. There also numerous small towns and villages which offer unique and fun places to shoot. This is an image form a very small community. The wall just begged to be photographed. I love the expose brick and color of the wall plus the color of the window.
I spent 10 days recently in Tuscany. You have seen some of the images. There are more to come. After the PODAS workshop I was leading I spent a day in Rome with Art Wolfe doing a day in Rome photography. one of the places we visited and it was a very inspiring visit was to the Basilica. This is one of the most incredible building I have ever seen. I was immediately dropped into a Dan Brown novel as I toured this spot. This is one of the images I made looking up at the center of the building. Everywhere you looked there was symbolism and art. Just fantastic.
While visiting Tuscany I loved visiting churches. These are usually very old structures and they have some very unique settings. This is a church I visited in a small village that had the crucifix hanging from the ceiling. And, when you looked up you got an incredible backdrop.
I love images that are so simple they just work. This is one of those images. This was shot in Tuscany in April 2013. We had one of those picture perfect days. The clouds, hill and position of the trees were all aligned for a great shot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holly cow no matter where I aim my camera I come up with a good shot in Tuscany. This was one of the sunrise morning images. Beautiful and gentle fog and subtle light. Made with a Phase One IQ260 and a 150mm lens.
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.