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stevewallace August 05, 2014
This is real but has a surreal feel to its deepth!
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RuwanFonseka August 09, 2014
Excellent composition of this undulating landscape, with perfect exposure.
 
debrahguffeydavis August 15, 2014
How exciting it must have been to happen upon this scene. Magical.
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smshaffer August 19, 2014
awesome composition
 
scottdonschikowski October 29, 2014
nice!
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ashlibrookephotography November 19, 2014
Thanks guys!!!!
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ashlibrookephotography November 19, 2014
Check out "Behind The Lens" for this photo by scrolling down! :)
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GigiJim08 January 23, 2015
Congratulations on your Award!
 
RhondaMcD January 27, 2015
Beautiful composition and use of colour/light. Congratulations.
 
travelfaraway February 08, 2015
This is so pretty. I love the atmosphere you captured.
 
davidsloan February 19, 2015
I love Italy this is Tuscany at its best, superb.
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texaaronpueschel February 25, 2015
So good. Stirs my imagination.
 
RhondaMcD March 05, 2015
Fabulous composition, colour contrast and detail. Congratulations.
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ashlibrookephotography April 02, 2015
Thank you all very much! :)
 
lisalandgraf May 19, 2015
So do u post ur art work here & Facebook? Im looking do decorate my sisters spa.
 
WMurrayphotos September 02, 2015
Voted Meadows!
 
nandicmb September 15, 2015
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win ( one of many) in Meadows Photo Contest!
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ashlibrookephotography November 13, 2015
Thank you guys so much!

Tuscany Rolls



Italy, 2012
Italy, 2012
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Contest Finalist in Rural Vistas Photo Contest
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Contest Finalist in World Expeditions Photo Contest
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Contest Finalist in Lost In The Field Photo Contest
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Contest Finalist in Meadows Photo Contest
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the rolling hills of Tuscany when I was 20 years old in the Fall of 2010. I was on assignment with a photography class (my alma mater Webster University) shooting primarily with large format film cameras, I snapped this with my Nikon D3000. It had actually gotten lost, but since being found it has been one of my most sold prints.
Time
This was shot mid-day around 2 pm in the Spring. It was an overcast and quite depressing day, I didn't feel like it was really an ideal day for shooting. At the time, I didn't realize what a perfect day it truly was. I left Italy completely disappointed, not realizing I had an image that would turn out to be my most popular so far.
Lighting
The lighting was spectacular. The overcast skies created a natural soft box that perfectly lit this scene. While the weather is quite dramatic, the softened light and rolling hills give the image a softness that puts off a more calming effect.
Equipment
I used no flash, no tripod and shot on my old Nikon D3000 with my 35 mm!
Inspiration
This scene was so classic. So "typical tuscany" but the wheat surrounding the trees gave it this amazing depth and richness as it swayed around from the impending storm. The straight lines of the trees converging with the rolling lines in the hills.. and the soft greens throughout the image give me a feeling of almost being in heaven. It relaxes me, the entire world is whooshing and blowing around me.
Editing
I brought the highlights down, ever so lightly brought down the shadows and finished it off with a bump of vibrancy. Also a slight vignette was applied. The biggest adjustment I made was desaturating the image. Not much editing was required!
In my camera bag
I am a lightweight kind of girl! I have a small backpack that has a carrier for the camera (I currently shoot with a Nikon D300) and additional storage where I keep my battery charger, an extra battery, 8 - 8GB CF cards, lens wipes, and two extra lenses that vary. In my car I keep my backup lighting kit, a power pack that plugs into the charger outlet in case I need to charge a battery on the road, a large and a small reflector, and a pair of waders. You never know what you'll get into when shooting!
Feedback
While the rest of the class was focused on another area with the teacher, I decided to explore and found this gem. One of the things I learned on this trip to Tuscany (in an abandoned insane asylum no less) is to step away from the group. Don't allow yourself to be caught up in the obvious. My other suggestion is to use a tripod, it makes things easier to make minor adjustments when get your composition perfect. Lastly, shoot until your get the perfect exposure. You can always edit later, but it ensures that every detail in the image is recorded and detectable.

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