THE DOLOMITES, ITALY SEPTEMBER 2022 2 places left

Destination summary

This Dolomites photo adventure focuses on several of the most dramatic mountains and passes in the Dolomites. It features stunning  Alpine scenery captured at  dusk and dawn  in beautiful mountain light.

During this trip you’ll be exploring and photographing from the high passes and plateaus, surrounded by the soaring peaks and pinnacles of the Trentino, Alto Adige and Veneto regions of the Dolomites range.

A designated UNESCO World Heritage region, you’ll be focusing on the areas around  Sesto (Tre Cime), Sella and Alpe Di Siusi.   Along with the massif of Marmolada and Pelmo, these are some of the most dramatic and iconic peaks of the Dolomites.

Famous for their rosy pink glow (Enrosadira) and weather permitting we’ll be in the best locations ready to capture the soaring peaks at dawn and dusk. During the day  you’ll traverse by comfortable vehicle some of the most dramatic high passes in the Alps to photograph the most evocative compositions of the jagged mountains and valleys below.

From our second base a little further to the west you’ll venture onto nearby Alpe di Siusi, this is Europe’s biggest alpine plateau and  features a  vast meadow  dotted with wooden huts which are overlooked by magnificent Mt Sciliar. We’ll capture this incredible locational at dawn on foot which can be breathtaking as the cloud disperses to reveal the nearby peaks.

To the north of our base  you’ll travel into the incredibly scenic Valle di Funes with its iconic chapel at the foot of the Odle range one of the most iconic scenes of the Dolomites.

Shaped and formed by natural elements over time these incredibly dramatic mountains and valleys are all easily accessible by road and higher elevation by cable cars*. For this years trip I’ve introduced a new option to ride the cable car from St Ulrich up to photograph the incredible scenes around the summit of  Seceda (2518 meters) and the Odle/Geisler Peak’s.

This is a wonderful photo adventure that has always produces some incredibly dramatic images from one of Europe’s great locations. From our base near Castelrotto we return through part of the ranges and back to Favaro Veneto where you’ll be dropped off at the end of our trip.

 

The Dolomites – extra information

This trip includes 6 nights accommodation. You may need to make additional bookings either side of the trip prior to pick up and after drop off in Favaro Veneto depending on flights. Favaro about 10 minutes from Marco Polo airport. I will be staying at the Hotel Altieri prior to the start day,  there are other options – note this is the meeting point and pick up location.

Start time 14:00 19th  September  2022 – Meet up in Favaro Veneto pick up /departure point – Hotel Altieri.

Once loaded we will leave depart for Cortina d’Ampezzo which will take around 2 hours. Our base here is the Hotel De La Poste in Cortina deD’Ampezzo for 4 nights.

End time approx 14:30 approx Drop off – Favaro Veneto / Venice aiport on the final day 25th September

Getting there  Easy jet / Ryanair / Jet2 and other European airlines  offer good value flights to Venice Marco Polo or Treviso airports.

Accommodation 4 nights in Cortina d’Ampezzo at the Hotel De La Poste /  2 nighst near Alpe di Suisi*  ( Alto Adige / South Tyrol ) at the Villa Rier.

You may wish to extend your trip into Venice with waterbus transport from the airport being easily arranged. Contact me for more information if you’d like  to discuss your own arrangements.

Essential equipment camera, wide and telephoto lenses and good quality tripod / head torch.

Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND graduated filters, both hard and soft filters  along with Lee big and little stoppers. A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software may be useful to back up or edit your images as you go. A good quality waterproof camera bag is also highly recommended. A walking pole may also be helpful on some walks.

What to expect

Photo Adventure 

This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms if required.

A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given.

Participants will be invited to share 8 of their  final images  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link.

 

Weather 

Perfect for early Autumn adventures. The Dolomites receive more sunshine hours than their Alpine cousins and are still pleasantly warm. Hikers and climbers roam the mountains at this time of year but you still have to come prepared for unseasonal changes. Light warm layers, gloves and hats for those early sessions at altitude which can be over 2000 meters. Waterproof and windproof jackets are also a must. Comfortable boots or hiking shoes with good grip.

Locations 

Most of the photo locations will be around mountain passes ( passo ) which we will navigate and access in our 9 seater van. There are also  some short hikes and a medium level hike around the Tre Cime (approx 3 hours return ) all 3 parts and all are optional and you can go at your own pace.   There’s all a hike to an Alpine lake that takes around 30 minutes with a reasonable gradient, plus dawn circular walk around the Alpe di Suisi (vehicles are not permitted) of around 2-3km but fairly flat.

Most passes have a Refugio ( small hotel ) or restaurants / cafes that have toilets and refreshments. We may use these for lunch stops too. Bring cash in euros as they don’t always take cards.

The roads can be steep and very windy with hairpin bends so if you suffer from travel sickness, maybe bring something to counter this. A cable car ride to the Summit of Seceda and or Lagazuoi  is also planned but this is optional and little effort is required apart from a head for heights on the way up. * Cable cars are subject to weather and conditions.

*Some accommodation options may vary depending on availability

Fitness 

All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness for walking and good mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.

Some of the locations are at altitude of around 2000m so you may feel it takes a little more effort to get around when walking up higher elevations.

Some walking on short trails will be required but there are no overly long steep hikes. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

Dolomites Photo Adventure.
September 19th - 25th September 2022 - 7 days
Places available: 6 places - 2 places available due to cancellation
Trip fee: £2295.00
Deposit £200.00

Includes

  • 6 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast.
  • Transport to locations and guiding.
  • Fully researched photo location itinerary
  • Practical field tuition and guidance
  • Day and dusk sessions
  • Lightstalker Adventures limited edition Beanie
  • Pick up and drop off in Favaro Veneto*

Not Included

  • Return flights to Italy
  • Lunches or evening meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance for this trip

Lightstalker Highlights

  • The best Dolomites locations:
  • The Tre Cime di Lavaredo
  • Lake Mesurina
  • Passo Giau, Sella and Gardena
  • Passo Fedaia and Marmolada
  • Cinque Torre summit
  • Sella Group
  • Passo Rolle and Pale di San Martino
  • Valle di Funes
  • Alpi di Siusi
  • Small group of 6 photographers
  • Expertly researched locations
  • Dusk and dawn sessions
  • Expert and professional guidance
"What a stunning place, full of grandeur and packed full of history that I did not realise existed. From the mountains and passes around Falzarego to the largest alpine pastures there are plenty of opportunities and it’s sometimes hard to know where to point your camera. Thankfully Glen is there to steer you in the right direction. With gentle guidance and excellent knowledge Glen helps you get the most out of any location but in a way that allows you to put you own interpretation on the images you take. I have been on many trips with Glen and Lightstalkers and once you’ve been on a trip with him it’s easy to see why many return again and again" David Cox UK - 2018 Dolomites participant