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12/21/12
Tuscany

Tuscany

This is a typical morning landscape scene in Tuscany. The rolling hills, the mist clinging to the bottom of the valleys and someone somewhere burning some dead greenery. Don't you just love it? 

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E-M5
Focal Length: 100 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/2000 sec
ISO: 400
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12/20/12
Olympus mZD 17 f2.8 III

Olympus mZD 17 f2.8 III

Another one with the 17 f2.8. Just loved the way the sun was shining below the tree bathing the lawn yellow light. I had to pull the shadows in this one, but I think it turned out ok. When I do this with some images contrast decreases and you can tell that the image has been manipulated.

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E-M5
Focal Length: 17 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/40 sec
ISO: 200
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12/19/12
Olympus mZD 17 f2.8 II

Olympus mZD 17 f2.8 II

Another evening shot with the 17 f2.8. What actually attracted me to this shot were the chimneys. I think it's something typical Italian I something I haven't really seen before. You can also see that the image is quite sharp, well sharp enough for my usage anyway.

1829
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Focal Length: 17 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
ISO: 200
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12/16/12
Tuscany Landscapes

Tuscany Landscapes

Again another typical Tuscan scene. The Poplar trees along the driveway and the vineyards off to the left of the image. In the background you can see the rolling hills of the Tuscan region. Really delightful to just drive around and stop to take a photo whenever the fancy takes you.
As you can see from the exif my trusted mZD 14-150 was mounted during most of my drive around Tuscany. The range of the 10.7x zoom was just so practical.
 
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Focal Length: 60 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
ISO: 200
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12/15/12
Tuscany Landscapes

Tuscany Landscapes

The town in the background is called San Gimignano and is a very popular tourist attraction. If you can manage it, go there during the week and not on a weekend. It's very crouded. I think it's one of the most interesting towns I've ever been to, very pleasant to walk throught he small alleys and streets with some very nice shops (and not only touristic shops).
It's got an interesting story to it regarding the towers you can see. The towers used to be the homes of the rich a couple of centuries ago. What normally happened and did in most other villages in the area is when the towns and inhabitants got richer, the towers were demolished and normal houses were built. That's why these towers can only be really seen in San Gimignano. It was too poor at the time to demolish the towers and so they've stayed there until the present day. Now of course, they're a huge touristic attraction and all of the other towns in the area wished they had them too. That's life I suppose.
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E-M5
Focal Length: 20 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
ISO: 200
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12/14/12
Tuscany Landscapes

Tuscany Landscapes

Having seen many landscape images of Tuscany I've been wanting to visit the area ever since. Well, in September I had the chance but the weather was not ideal. We had a lot of rain and mist which really put a stop to the sort of images I wanted to make. However, there were a couple of days that showed some promise so I was on the road from morning till the sun set. You have to make the most of what is offered.
This is the sort of scene I had imagined and I had a couple of chances to get some nice images like the one above. It was a little hazy though but that didn't stop me at all. This was the only chance I was going to get for some time to come. Even id the images are not "exhibition quality", they are mine and I like them enough to hang on to them.
As a sidenote to a post I made a couple of days ago about abandoned farmhouses. The farmhouse at the top of the image is still in use, but the one further down on the left in the image, is not. Again it's been abandoned for some reason. There was still a "for sale" sign on it which gave the impression it had been there for quite some time.
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Focal Length: 52 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/400 sec
ISO: 200
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12/12/12
Abandoned

Abandoned

After having travelled a large part of northern Italy in September I was surprised at the amount of abandoned farmhouses there were on route. Even in the hart of Tuscany farmhouses such as here in the image seemed to be just left to fall apart. Reminds me of Ireland after they joined the EU and cash flow was immense. That's when a huge amount of the Irish built new houses adjacent to their old abode, which was then just left to fall apart. Here however, I didn't see any new houses at all.
It would really interes me to find out if it's just the economic climate in the area is what drives the people away. One thing is certain, Tuscany offers some rich pickings for the landscape photographer.
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Focal Length: 63 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/100 sec
ISO: 200
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12/04/12
Olympus mZD 14-150 on the OM-D

Olympus mZD 14-150 on the OM-D

For those who would like to argue that the mZD 14-150 lens doesn't deliver then take a look at the image above. OK, I'll take the critisism that it does vignette some which has to be repaired in post processing but apart from that I'm quite happy with the quality.
This image was taken on the same day as we drove down to Tuscany through pouring rain that didn't seem to want to stop. Come evening however, the clouds broke up and the last of the suns rays touched these houses in the background. A nice touch and end to the day I thought.
1824
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Focal Length: 14 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/200 sec
ISO: 200
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