Sunrise Val d’Orcia – Tuscany, Italy

Picture Edit:

This picture was not really a heavy editing job. The main challenge was more to get up early, wait until sunrise just to figure out that the horizon was cloudy and that there would be no nice sunrise. But coming back to the edit – this picture is composed out of just 2 pictures. The pictures were taken with just seconds in between. The only difference was the expose (expose bracketing). The background of my baseline layer was slightly over exposed, so I took it from an under exposed picture of the same bracket. The main edit work was then pushing a bit the colors, the contrast, sharpening the center and reduce the noice at the sky, caused by the edit. As I said, not super much work but the RAW File was already pretty amazing.

Camera Setup:

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L II @105mm, ƒ/11, 2 frames 1/50s & 1/100s, ISO 100, on tripod, triggered by remote control


The location of the shot is a bit hidden so I would suggest that you scout our spot one day earlier. The GPS location is quite accurate, so that should give you a good start. Leave our car next to the big trash boxes at the street crossing you see straight above the marked spot. You should recognize a little dirt trail downhill. Just follow it and you come to a big wide greenfield. Now it’s on you to find your spot. I saw people you where standing a bit higher to get more a panoramic shot. I preferred to go down all the way until there are some trees. There is a 5m wide spot where there are no trees. I used that little free spot to shot.

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