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 80-300mm (35 mm eq). I was ready for almost any opportunity.
On the day I was hiking the trail at San Martino in Badia, I saw a charming wood cabin set in front of spectacular mountain peaks. I was caught by the colors, lines and textures of the landscape, topped by a sky of textured clouds.
I used a 24 mm focal length to compose and frame the image. As usual, I overexposed by a full stop to have a perfect histogram (ETTR).
I returned to the Dolomites in 2018, this time 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 shots is published on my VIP portfolio page.Upload YOUR Picture • WIN $200 Cash
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Dimitri Vasileiou • Editor