THE DOLOMITES, ITALY SEPTEMBER 2020May 3, 2017 1:21 pm
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 that are surrounded by the soaring peaks and pinnacles of the Trentino, Alto Adige and Veneto regions of the Dolomites ranges. A designated UNESCO World Heritage area, you’ll be focusing on the Sesto (Tre Cime), Sella, and Pale (Pale Di San Martino) groups. 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 the many high passes seeking out dramatic and evocative compositions of the jagged mountains and valleys below. From our base a little further to the west you’ll venture onto the Alpe di Siusi, Europe’s biggest alpine plateau, vast meadows dotted with wooden huts overlooked by magnificent Mt Sciliar. Further north you’ll travel into the incredibly scenic Valle di Funes with its iconic chapel at the foot of the Odle range. Shaped and formed by natural elements over time these incredibly dramatic mountains and valleys are all easily accessible by road and cable cars* and up to the higher tops at certain times of the year. Our final destination will be around Passo Rolle back in the Trentino, we’ll overnight nearby before returning to Favaro Veneto. 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 13:00 19th September 2020 – 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 Piccolo Pocol for 4 nights. End time approx 14:30 approx Drop off – Favaro Veneto on the 25th Sept. 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 in the Veneto / 1 night Chiusa* ( Alto Adige / South Tyrol ) 1 night Tonadico in the Trentino. All single occupancy rooms. 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. We will also go for some short walks and a medium hike around the Tre Cime. This is in 3 parts and all optional. It’s the best way to explore the surrounding area and vary compositions but it’s nothing extreme. 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 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 walking on short trails will be required but there are no overly long uphill hikes. If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.