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Exploring Abruzzo

Currently me and my wife are enjoying some days off in Abruzzo, Italy. It is one of Europe's most green and untouched areas. Really worth a visit! Just like last time I am cruising around out by bicycle with some camera gear in my backpack. A true win-win: I get to compensate for all the great Italian food while getting a true and intense impression of the landscapes.

Civitella del Tronto (Abruzzo, Italy) - SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.4
Recently I have been experimenting with merging images into high resolution panoramas of my hometown Rotterdam. Now I am applying this same technique here in the Abruzzo. It is a bit more tricky without tripod but after some attempts it worked out fine.

Civitella del Tronto (Abruzzo, Italy) - SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.4
Just before our arrival it rained a lot in the Mediterranean area. I have never seen Italy this green. You can just sense how fertile this land is. These shots worked out great with the sun from the left and the clouds behind the scene. Never waste a cloudy day!

Do you see those little white dots on the left? It is a herd of sheep :) See below a crop from the image above. I am really happy with the level of details, can't wait to print this photo. Click here for a tutorial on how to create images like these.

Crop from image above
This field of poppy flowers was breath taking, especially with that view on the valley in the background. I spotted the location while cycling up-hill to the old town that you can see in the previous pictures.

Field of poppy flower (Abruzzo, Italy ) - SMC Pentax-A 20mm F.28
To create this shot I had to climb down some bushes along the hill and then while trying to frame the picture I got attacked by all kinds of ants. Not very pleasant but luckily it was all  worth the sacrifice.


Another photo of the fortress but then composed by merging several shots taken with a 100mm lens. This gives a more detailed picture of this great location.

Civitella del Tronto (Abruzzo, Italy) - SMC Pentax-A 100mm F2.8