Tuscany Day 1

Hello from Tuscany.  Excited to be back in Tuscany and have a fine group of guests enjoying “la dolce vita” in one of our favorite parts of Italy.  We flew into Milan and then took the train down to the Florence area where our private villa awaited with serenity, privacy and a massive swimming pool.

Today we ventured through the Val d’Orcia.  We hit Montepulciano – famous for wine, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni and drove the back roads looking for great images.  Nice thing about this early in the season is NO crowds.  Everywhere we’ve been we’ve had excellent access to sites and unimpeded views for our photography.

Our villa is superb and the private chef is amazing – sorry no pictures of the food it disappeared too fast to get any.  Suffice it to say that we are enjoying fine Tuscan homemade cooking with our private chef.  She and her husband make a great team.

All-in-all the tour is off to a great start.  Here are just a few images we liked from the day – we hope you enjoy:

This first one is a scene of the private chapel of a local farming family just outside Pienza.  I like the serenity.  The framing with the yellow flowers draws the viewer’s eye directly to the chapel.

Canon 5D MKII Sigma f2.8 70-200 @ 200 mm f/8 1/350 ISO 320 w/ Tiffen Circular Polarizer

Canon 5D MKII Sigma f2.8 70-200 @ 200 mm f/11 1/125 ISO 250 w/ Tiffen Circular Polarizer

This image is a stained glass window from the Cathedral in Montepulciano.  Love the colors and vibrance.

Canon 5D MKII Sigma f2.8 70-200 @ 200 mm f/2.8 1/250 ISO 100 w/ Tiffen Circular Polarizer

This next image is a villa sitting atop a field of olive tress and red poppies.  I like the color variations.

Canon 5D MKII Canon 24-105L @ 58 mm f/8 1/125 ISO 200 w/ Tiffen Circular Polarizer

The last image for this post is the local wine master of Montepulciano named Adamo.  Adamo has been making wine since the 50’s and is internationally known.  He always love to pose for pictures and greet guests who come by his cellar.

Canon 5D MKII Sigma f2.8 70-200 @ 200 mm f/5.6 1/125 ISO 400 w/ Tiffen Circular Polarizer

Tuscany has so much beauty and flavor – you have to experience it for yourself and as a photographer there is no better way to enjoy it than immersing yourself in it for 10 days with us next year.


2 Responses to “Tuscany Day 1”

  1. wow these pictures are amazing. I will be in Tuscany for a few days this July and am hoping to get to go Montepulciano. My boyfriend and I will be in Siena and I remember going to Montepulciano back 6ish years ago when I was studying in Siena because it was pretty close 🙂

    thanks for the great post!

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