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« on: July 12, 2012, 03:41:18 AM »
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Inspired by the 'Whats New' article on Tuscany, I pluck up the courage to show a picture I took in May this year on a five-day trip.  It is such a beautiful region that anyone prepared to get up early and go for a walk will see some beautiful scenes.

What do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2012, 03:57:58 AM »
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What a landscape. Beautiful light, nice viewpoint and composition, lovely picture.

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2012, 04:05:54 AM »
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Jim,
Superb! This image has everything to be pleasing, no need to say more, bravo.
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2012, 07:29:24 AM »
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Quite lovely, no thinking needed. There is both simplicity and complexity in composition and exposure which makes my eye "sigh sweetly" with the feeling of having seen a perfect photograph.
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2012, 09:35:10 AM »
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Wonderful shot, Jim.

I have been to Tuscany once (for six weeks), and I found it to be the most continuously photogenic place I've been. And the Tuscan landscape just screams "color," so I never converted any of my shots to monochrome, even though I am a B&W addict generally.

Your shot is just stunning, and the B&W treatment works so well!

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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2012, 10:44:42 AM »
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You captured the light perfectly. Good job.
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2012, 11:54:04 AM »
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Perfect.

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2012, 11:59:29 AM »
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Wonderful shot, Jim.

I have been to Tuscany once (for six weeks), and I found it to be the most continuously photogenic place I've been. And the Tuscan landscape just screams "color," so I never converted any of my shots to monochrome, even though I am a B&W addict generally.

Your shot is just stunning, and the B&W treatment works so well!

Eric

Thanks for the kind words Eric and everyone else.  Like I say, I am not a landscape photographer but more into people really.  Usually I am shooting at f2, and it was quite a change to stop the lens down for a change to f11 and use a tripod.  Amazing how dirty the sensor was though - never really noticeable at f2!
I have some colour pictures too and this is one of them, taken with the same Zeiss 50mm lens, this time before dawn.

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2012, 12:17:46 PM »
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The color shot is stunning. Gotta love that Zeiss glass. I love the wildflowers in the foreground. The light almost makes it look like the background is a painting. It's an amazing effect. This is really one of the most beautiful color landscapes I've ever seen on LL.
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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2012, 12:20:59 PM »
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Wow! Stunning color shot Jim. Bravo! F11 again I see.
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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2012, 12:37:35 PM »
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The light was so soft and still quite dark - quite a slow shutter speed and you can see a few tall grasses blurred in the mid-foreground.  About 30 seconds later the outside light on the house went out.  All I have done is to lighten the foreground a bit and darken the sky a tad, both in Lightroom.  The biggest job was spotting all the dust marks from the sensor - it had not been cleaned for a about three years and I had no idea because I rarely stop the lens down.  That job took about 20 minutes!

I tell you - you cannot go wrong at dawn in Tuscany.

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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2012, 12:57:27 PM »
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I love the wildflowers in the foreground. The light almost makes it look like the background is a painting. It's an amazing effect. This is really one of the most beautiful color landscapes I've ever seen on LL.

My thoughts exactly.

Now I know why I love landscape and why it is worth doing. Something to aspire to...

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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2012, 01:17:15 PM »
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The biggest job was spotting all the dust marks from the sensor - it had not been cleaned for a about three years and I had no idea because I rarely stop the lens down.  That job took about 20 minutes!


I wouldn't think that stopping down a lens would make any difference as far as seeing dust on the sensor is concerned. Are you sure it wasn't dust inside the lens? Zeiss lenses are great, but aren't sealed very well.
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2012, 01:29:46 PM »
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Yummy treat for the eye.
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2012, 01:42:43 PM »
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I wouldn't think that stopping down a lens would make any difference as far as seeing dust on the sensor is concerned. Are you sure it wasn't dust inside the lens? Zeiss lenses are great, but aren't sealed very well.

Believe me - it makes a huge difference!  Try taking a picture of something continuous tone like a clear sky with the lens at say f2.8, then take it again with the lens at f11,  See the difference.  Of course this assumes you have dirt on your sensor!  Smiley  In fact dirt in the lens is unlikely to show up because it would be far too out of focus.  One of my old Nikon lenses has a big lump of fungus in between the glass elements, but you can't see it in pictures.

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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2012, 01:46:59 PM »
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Beautiful work.  Both of them!

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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2012, 02:03:18 PM »
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I wouldn't think that stopping down a lens would make any difference as far as seeing dust on the sensor is concerned. Are you sure it wasn't dust inside the lens? Zeiss lenses are great, but aren't sealed very well.

Pop, stopping down a lens always will show up problems on the sensor. To really get an idea of how much crud is on your sensor crank the focus on your lens in as close as it'll go, set aperture to its smallest hole, and shoot a blank blue sky without changing the focus.

Dust inside a lens will never make spots on your sensor.
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2012, 02:23:33 PM »
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I guess I need to stop down more often.
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2012, 03:18:04 PM »
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Oooh!!! The color one is fantastic, too!
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2012, 03:26:59 PM »
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I guess I need to stop down more often.

Try what I said just once. You may be shocked! Shocked! If you're not shocked at first sight, bring up Auto Levels. Be sure you're sitting down.
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