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As Autumn progresses, and as a landscape photographer I always start to panic once the middle of October arrives. Here at higher altitudes I find that the autumn period comes and goes so quickly and there is always plenty to photograph not only locally but in the Dolomite and lower mountain ranges that I’m so fortunate to live close to.
In the municipality of Villa Lagarina, Lake Cei is an enchanting place in the autonomous province of Trento in northern Italy. The basin in which it is located is dominated to the north-west by the chain of the Stivo, Cornetto and Bondone mountains, part of the lesser western Dolomites.
I have been to this lovely small biotope lake a few times before, and this time I thought I was too late. Much to my delight the colours were still fantastic and this area does not disappoint at all.
With a short detour from the two biotope lakes, sits the charming Church of Probizer or Kirchlein Probizer in German. It is a small alpine church in the Valle di Cei, dedicated to the Assumption and built during the occupation by Austria in the Trentino/AltoAdige area.
I found photographing this small church a little bit of a challenge as there are a few holiday cottages scattered around which are all private, and access to the church is through a public footpath. There was no one around when I got there so putting down my tripod and camera bag I scouted around for a good “clean” shot. What struck me after a while was how the clean traditional stripes of the church seemed to give a certain order to the chaotic atmosphere of the mixed forest that surrounded it. I also loved the way the colours of the stripes on the building complemented the orange tones of the various trees. The colour of the roof mimicked the colours of the tree trunks, and I felt that there was a pleasant harmony in the scene.
I’m very happy with this shot with its overall golden tones and am especially pleased with the smooth meadow with a carpet of red leaves that leads ones eye towards the chapel and forest in the background.
For this shot I used a tripod and a polarising filter to saturate the golden colours present in the scene.
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