In August 2016, I spent two wonderful weeks hiking and photographing in the famed Italian Dolomites. To plan the trip, I was inspired by the examples of photo tours. Looking at the tour itineraries, I assumed that if the route were good for photography, it would be good for hiking. So, looking at each suggested tour stop, I searched for short hiking opportunities.
I left my tripod and photo backpack behind to take advantage of photo opportunities during my hikes. I carried the minimum for my purposes: two camera bodies, one with a 24 to 80 mm lens and the second with an 80-300 mm (35mm eq). I was ready for almost any opportunity.
I spent a week in the gorgeous Val di Funes village, and on one day, I hiked the Adolf Munkel Weg, an easy trail that goes along the beautiful Dolomites mountains. Again, I was struck by the shape of the mountains, their texture, the jagged peaks, and the colours topped by textured clouds. On that hike, I felt I was in a visual paradise!
During that week, I photographed the famed Santa Magdalena Church in its surroundings.
I returned to the Dolomites in 2018 as part of a photo workshop. It allowed me to discover even more wonderful sites and share the experience with friendly photographers. One of the pictures is published on my VIP portfolio page.Upload YOUR Picture • WIN $200 Cash
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