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 itinerary, 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 (35 mm eq). I was ready for almost any opportunity.
Hiking the trail at Colle Santa Lucia, I spotted the beautiful, lonely conifer on the skyline against the spectacular mountains in the background. I was struck by the steep diagonals topped by massive textured clouds.
To compose and frame the image, I used a 110 mm focal length. As usual, I overexposed by 0.7 stops to have a perfect histogram (ETTR).
In 2018, I went back to the Dolomites, this time joining a photo workshop. It allowed me to discover more marvellous scenes and meet fellow photographers. One of the images from this latter trip is published on my VIP portfolio page.Upload YOUR Picture • WIN $200 Cash
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