Enjoying the Morning Light in Tuscany

Getting Out Early to Take Advantage of the

Morning Light in Tuscany Really Pays Dividends


Lone tree in morning fog on backroads in black and white in Tuscany, Italy by Ralph Velasco


Abandoned farmhouse with lone tree in Tuscany, Italy by Ralph Velasco


From the Backroads of Tuscany in Black and White by Ralph Velasco


House on the hill with gnarly tree in black and white in Tuscany, Italy by Ralph Velasco


Abandoned Farm Buildings with Siena in Background in BW - Tuscany, Italy by Ralph Velasco


All of the above images were made by simply driving the rustic “stradas biancas,” or white roads, right around sunrise near the town of Siena in the region of Tuscany, Italy.  Pulling off to the side of the road when I saw something interesting and spending a few minutes making these shots, was time well spent.


In the end I thought that presenting them in black and white would serve the images best.


Ralph Velasco is an Orange County, California-based travel photography instructor and international guide.  He’s the author of Essence of a Place: A Travel Photographer’s Guide to Using a Shot List for Capturing Any Destination, as well as the creator of the My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch®.

Join Ralph on his upcoming small group tour to Mexico’s Copper Canyon, or on his IcelandCentral EuropeBhutan/NepalCambodia and/or Tuscany trips.

You can also participate in a fully-licensed People-to-People exchange program to Cuba in January, 2015,

E-mail Rebecca at photoenrichment@gmail.com and ask for an Itinerary and Reservation Form.

For more information on these trips see the above links.

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