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by Sri V October. 04, 2020 260 views

Neatly lined cypress trees meandering and folding with the gently rolling hills is, among other things, also a hallmark of the Tuscan landscape. One simply has to leave the big towns and drive just about in any direction to find them. A common stereotype with respect to the photographic equipment though is that, a long zoom lens is needed to capture the beautiful scenery which is more often than not a bit far away than is ideal from the closest accessible lookout. Based on the experience amassed (which was all but a week's vacation), the stereotype has its validity. But it also doesn't mean that a decent image isn't possible with a "standard" focal length. Below are a couple of examples taken at a relatively standard to wide-ish view.

The first image is from the set of the movie The Gladiator. It's the opening and the ending scene of the movie as far as I can remember where Russell Crowe treads through a field while gently brushing his fingers against the wheat crops. Very moving moments. But if you are snickering now in the background, I suggest you keep schtum and move on lest you would like to be shown the answer to the question "Are you not entertained?!"

Gladiator setting

Gladiator setting

The second image though is in the middle of nowhere as far as a non-native the likes of me knows. But I'm sure a rough location isn't beyond a determined search on the internet. It was a charming dusk setting with the moon hanging low. The top third of the image has been left for an empty sky as it somehow "felt right" at that time. I assume that this is what is known as "negative space" in photographic parlance.

Negative space

Negative space

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