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Vitaleta's Chapel in San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

Vitaleta's Chapel in San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy
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8 Comments |
marnie333
 
marnie333 January 20, 2016
So moody and alluring! LOVE! Congrats!
Elaine55
 
Elaine55 January 27, 2016
Wanted to give this an award but moved my cursor too quickly. Magnificent capture. Beautiful light and mood.
LucaConradPhotography
 
LucaConradPhotography January 30, 2016
What an amazing photo! The light, the clouds, everything is perfect.
shutterbug12
 
shutterbug12 February 18, 2016
Beautiful Tuscany, great capture the aura is haunting.
carmen2016
 
carmen2016 April 08, 2016
Great picture congrats
BrianB4
 
BrianB4 April 08, 2016
Stunning composition and beautifully captured.
Kniff
 
Kniff April 08, 2016
Wow awesome
pryneagregory
 
pryneagregory December 03, 2016
Stunning.
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Behind The Lens

Location

"Spellbound" was taken just outside the small town of San Quirico d'Orcia, Italy. The small building is the Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta, which is over 400 years old.

Time

This was taken just a few minutes after sunrise. The previous day was rainy and the valleys filled with fog overnight. Once the sun rose, it lit the fog up and created an ethereal glow.

Lighting

Since I was facing into the sun and it was very bright, it was important to expose for the highlights in the scene. It was very bright overall, but if the highlights were blown out there would be no recovering them in post processing.

Equipment

Nikon D610, Nikon 70-200 f2.8, Really Right Stuff tripod and ballhead

Inspiration

Everything in Tuscany inspires me to take photos! It is simply one of the most amazing places that I have been, and there are photo opportunities in every direction!

Editing

This was a relatively easy photo to process. I made some balancing adjustments in Lightroom, and then in Photoshop I adjusted contrast and color with some curves layers. I also applied a small orton effect to increase the dreamy feel of the scene.

In my camera bag

I have a fairly small kit. I have a Nikon D610, Nikon 16-35 f4, Nikon 24-85 f3.5-5.6, Nikon 70-200 f2.8 (super sharp!) and Rokinon 14mm f2.8. I use a circular polarizer, 4 stop and 10 stop ND filters. That's about it!

Feedback

The most important part is being prepared. You need to arrive well ahead of time to your scouted location to make sure you don't miss the best light. I also encourage people to move around, use different focal lengths and compositions. You don't want 50 of the same exact shot.

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