Briefly about the Dolomites
The Dolomites is located in Northeastern Italy and is part of the European Alps. Declared as a the UNESCO World Heritage site, this mountain range offers numerous possibilities of adventures for outdoor lovers or landscape photographers. This international mark of exceptional interest is also based on the high diversity of the landscape: jagged peaks, hundreds meters high granit walls, some of the steepest cliffs of the Alps or alpine lakes and forests.
As well, you will find the largest high-alpine pasture of Europe: Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm. With motored equipment being almost forbidden (only the locals are allowed to drive them) in this meadows, the traditional huts and cabins gives an even much more authentic charm to the place. As you can see, Alpe di Siusi is a paradise for hikers, families or any person who want a relaxed place to enjoy vacation time surrounded by mountains.
The rich variety of the landscape will delight you in every season, with each having their own charm but Fall is very special in the Dolomites area. The fall foliage provides such amazing visual conditions where the large pines forests turn gold and the morning mist covers gently the valleys. For this reason, hiking in this forest with a gentle morning breeze or smelling the fresh scent or the trees are things to experiences. The changing color of the rock during sunrise or sunet is a moment not to be missed. From light pink to strong red-ish color it offers astonishing conditions for photography.
Traditions and cultural diversity are part of the richness of this region because the whole area is influences by the Italian culture, in southern part. And by the Austrian culture, in northernmost part. Indeed, this part is so called South Tyrol and was part of Austria until end of World War One. You could still visit today the remains of the Great War (tunnel, shrapnel or strongholds…) in the mountains. Actually, most of the hiking trail used today by hikers coming from all around the world, were at that time supply routes used by both armies.
Places featured in this album
- Tre Cime di Lavaredo
- Area around Cinque Torri
- Lago Antorno
- Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm
- Earth Pyramids of Renon
- Hiking area around Lago di Sorapis
What to bring and recommended equipment
- Any camera, with a preference for DSLR camera.
- A tripod is a must have in the mountains, particularly when shooting at low light. A remote release will be handy too.
- I also strongly recommend a wide angle lense like 14-24mm or 16-35mm for scenes in the mountains or around lakes. This kind of lense is also very useful when composing with epic foreground like alpines flowers. I mostly used it for shooting this collection of photo and, in my opinion, is very versatile for this location.
- A standard zoom equivalent to 24-70mm. Some locations will be better highlighted with a mid-range zoom like this one.
- As well, I recommend a telezoom like 70-200mm or more. Mountains offers endless composition possibilities, with this kind of zoom you will be able to isolate elements of the landscape, like small part of rock or trees. Or even some wild animals.
My setup for this collection
- Nikon D750
- Benro TMA27C + B2 ballhead
- Sigma 14-24mm F/2.8
- Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8
- Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.5
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