Italy

Cactus Flowers, Tuscany

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As the minivan delivering us to the hill town of Montepulciano rolled to a stop, Evette and I both spotted these beautiful cactus flowers.  Unfortunately, they were supported with bright yellow tape wrapped around their branches.  It took almost an hour of careful editing in Photoshop to remove the tape but the result was worth it.

Canon 5D Mark II  58mm  1/800  f14  ISO 3200  circular Polarizer

Pitigliano Winding Way Tuscany

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This is a post card scene from Tuscany with hundreds of tripod holes in the ground from other photographers; but who am I to walk away from such an image opportunity?

Canon 5D Mark II DSLR Camera, 24 mm setting on Canon 24-105mm zoom lens, exposure 1/40 at f4.5 with a Circular Polarizing Filter at ISO 100.