Tuscany is one of the few places in the world that speaks directly to my heart, leaving me with and an overwhelming sense of peace, of solace, and of home. For someone who has no home, this is a very profound emotional experience. For as long as I can remember, Italy has always seemed to call to me, pulling me closer, and in small degrees convincing me that I belong here. I know that I still have years of location independent travel ahead of me but someday I’m sure that I will call these Tuscan hills my home.

This is also one of the many beautiful destinations on our Italy Photo Tours.

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Each morning after waking at 4AM and downing a double espresso, I would eagerly (albeit groggily) drive along the winding roads and hunt for the dramatic pools of fog. Since we were staying in a small valley, some mornings as I ascended the cypress lined driveway, I would literally break the fog line, causing it seem as though the car was floating in a sea of soft clouds. On the other hand, after six 4AM wake up calls in a row, this also could’ve been due to my total lack of sleep. Either way, Che Bellissima!

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 28-300 f/3.5-5.6 (Shot at 122mm)
Tripod: RRS TVC-33 / BH-55 Ballhead / RRS L-Plate
ISO: 100 at f/8
Exposure: 5 Seconds

Location: Shot in Tuscany, Italy – June 2013 and post-processed in Tallinn, Estonia – July 2013

Post-processing: Single RAW – lightly processed with NIK Collection, Photoshop, and Lightroom.

Espresso: Illy Classic