Join me on this very small group workshop (only 6 guests), and photograph the beauty of the Italian Dolomites! You’ll be expertly guided by me to both iconic and off-the-beaten track locations. Expect to shoot from sunrise to sunset, and even in the night! Everything’s included, so just pack up your gear and get ready for an amazing photography adventure.
Italian Dolomites, Italy
September 10th-16th, 2018
7 days, 6 nights
3'290 EUR double room, 400 EUR single room supplement
Medium, a few hikes with moderate elevation gain
Landscape Photography Tour 2018
Limited to maximum 6 guests
Required: DSLR or mirrorless camera, 28-120 mm zoom lens, tripod
• Full time in the field guidance and instructions from a professional landscape and travel photographer with more than ten years of experience in international photography tours and workshops.
• A small group size ensuring the necessary tutor’s attention for each guest;
• Private transportation granted for the length of the tour, for your best comfort and maximum flexibility;
• Cable-car's excursions in some of the most scenographic areas of the Dolomites
• A balanced itinerary where you will photograph stunning landscapes in untouched areas, visit beautiful towns built in the typical alpine style, and have a chance to taste the exquisite local cuisine and wines;
• Inspiration, fun and a great time!
• In the field full time tutoring and instructions
• 6 overnights in hotel, with continental breakfast included. Double room occupancy, single available with a supplement.
• All meals and soft drinks for 6 days (lunch and dinner)
• 7 days transportation with mini-van, transfer from and to the airport included
• at least 1 image processing session (a laptop with photo processing software is required)
What's not included
• international air travel
• cancellation and travel insurance
• local tourists tax (approx 4,50 EUR/night pax)
• tickets to cable cars
• Everything not specifically listed as included
A deposit of 35% of the total amount will be required to hold your space in this workshop. The balance will be due not later than 4 weeks before the start of the tour. You will be provided by email with instructions on how to make the payments.
Double Occupancy lodging
(single available, just ask)
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open to everyone interested in landscape and travel photography, whether a beginner or a pro
Day 1, September 10th, 2018 - Passo Rolle
Afternoon: Meet up at 2 pm with the group at the International Airport of Treviso “ Antonio Canova” (TSF). Plan to arrive at the airport not later than 1 pm.
Afternoon: Transfer by car to Passo Rolle, where we will arrive in about 2h30'. This pass is a wonderful viewpoint on the group of the Pale di San Martino, one of the most famous massif of the Western Dolomites.
Sunset: If we will have enough time, we will shoot sunset from the wonderful location of Baita Segantini, a mountain hut placed on a high altitude plateau facing the whole mountain range of the Pale di San Martino.
Dinner: either at some restaurant in the small town of San Martino di Castrozza or at the restaurant of the hotel at Passo Rolle
Night: After dinner, if conditions are favourable, we will start our photo workshop with a night session directly at Passo Rolle, for photographing star trails and the milky way in the backdrop of the Cimon de la Pala, one of the amazing peaks of the Pale di San Martino group.
Sunrise: Wake up about 1 hour before sunrise and with a walk on an easy trail with a moderate elevation gain we will reach the refuge known Baita Segantini, a mountain hut placed on the shore of a small lake. This is the best location for photographing the Pale di San Martino group either at sunrise or sunet.
Rest of the day: We will shoot in the area surrounding Passo Rolle for the rest of the day, waiting for the sunset in Val Venegia, a wonderful, enchanted valley just below the pass.
Evening: After sunset, we will get back to the cars and drive to Carezza, where we will have dinner and spend the night at one of the hotels nearby the namesake lake.
Day 2, September 11th, 2018 - Passo Rolle, Val Venegia, Lake Carezza
Sunrise shoot at Carezza lake. The Lake of Carezza is a small alpine lake completely surrounded by a wonderful forest of pines and larches, and it's one of the best locations for photographing the Latemar and Catenaccio groups at sunrise or sunset. We will then get back to the hotel for breakfast.
Morning: After breakfast, we will take the car and drive in the Fassa valley up to Canazei and from there up to the Sella pass, one of the most important passes of the Dolomites, linking the Fassa Valley to the Gardena Valley. Along the road that climbs up to the pass with sharp hairpin turns, there are many wonderful view points on some of the most famous groups of the Dolomites, such as the Marmolada, the Sella Towers, Sasso Lungo and Sasso Piatto group, Odle range, among many others. We will spend the rest of the morning and part of the afternoon shooting at this location. At around 2 pm we will head back to the cars and from the Sella pass we will drive to the Funes valley where we will keep shooting for the rest of the day.
Sunset: Be prepared for this night to have a early dinner, as in Funes Valley there are just a handful of restaurants and they usually stop to serve dinner at around 8:30 pm, a time that might be in conflict with our shooting plan for sunset. We will wait for sunset at the famous Sankt Johann in Ranui's church in the small hamlet of Santa Magdalena, with the jagged peaks of the Odle range in the background. After the sunset shoot we will head by car to our next destination, Cortina d’Ampezzo, where we will arrive at around midnight, and where we will stay for the rest of the workshop.
Day 3, September 12th, 2018 - Lake Carezza, Sella Group, Funes Valley
Day 4, September 13th, 2018 - Falzarego Pass, Lagazuoi and Tofane, Lake Misurina, Lake Antorno and Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Morning and afternoon: After breakfast at our hotel in Cortina, we will take the car at around 9am and drive up to Falzarego Pass, a high altitude road pass linking Cortina d'Ampezzo to the Badia Valley. We will spend a couple of hours photographing in this beautiful area and, then, after a quick lunch at the bar at the pass, we will take the cable car up to the 2800+ mts of altitude of Mount Lagazuoi. This is an amazing location from where it is possible to view and photograph the whole range of mountains from Lagazuoi to Tofane, and also visit the Austro-Hungarian fortified trenches of World War I.
Sunset shoot We will get back to the car at around 4:30, heading to Lake Misurina and then Lake Antorno, two small alpine lakes surrounded by a beautiful evergreen forest, where we will photograph wonderful peaks reflected in the water. Among these mountains there are the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen), probably the most famous massif of the whole Dolomites, that we will depict while shining in the pink light of the setting sun, and reflected in the calm waters of lake Antorno.
Day 5, September 14th, 2018 - Lake Landro and Mount Cristallo, Rifugio Auronzo and Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Sunrise: We will wake at around 5:30am, and will drive to Landro Lake. Lake Landro is a small lake in the Alta Pusteria valley, and it's the best location for photographing the Cristallo group at sunrise.
Morning: After the sunrise shoot, we will get back to the hotel for breakfast.
Rest of the day: After breakfast, we will drive up to the Rifugio Auronzo, a mountain hut at 2300 mts of altitude, lying in the prairies at the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo Group. From the prairies surrounding the rifugio it is possible to enjoy a 180° unobstructed view on some of the most beautiful massifs of the Ampezzo Dolomites, such as Cadini di Misurina, Cristallo, Mount Piana, Croda Rossa d'Ampezzo. We will shoot from this location for the rest of the morning and then, after a picnic with our packed lunch, we will head to the Rifugio Locatelli, reachable with an easy trek of about 4 kms and 150 mts of elevation gain (2,5 miles and 500 ft.). We will spend the rest of the day photographing the Tre Cime di Lavaredo from this very iconic location.
Day 6, September 15th, 2018 - Giau Pass, Selva di Cadore and Mount Pelmo, Lake Alleghe, Cinque Torri
Sunrise: We will wake up 1 hour before sunrise, and head by car to Giau Pass, a high altitude pass linking Cortina d'Ampezzo to Selva di Cadore, where we will have our sunrise shoot. From this pass the sight is completely unobstructed and we will able to frame some of the most famous mountains of the Dolomites, such as Ra Gusela, Tofana di Rozes, Lastoi da Formin, Conturines, Marmolada, and many others.
Morning: After the sunrise shoot, we will get back to the hotel for breakfast.
Rest of the day: After breakfast, we will drive up to Giau Pass again, and from there we will head down to the small, pictoresque town of Selva di Cadore, the perfect location for photographing the Mount Pelmo, another amazing peak of the Dolomites, and also for framing some beautiful tyrolean style’s buildings.
After a quick lunch at some bar/restaurant at Selva di Cadore, we will drive to Alleghe, another small town that lies by the shore of a beautiful lake just at the foot of one of the most impressive massif of the Dolomites, the Mount Civetta.
Sunset shoot We will leave Alleghe at around 4:30, and we’ll drive up to the Rifugio Scoiattoli, a mountain hut placed at the feet of the Cinque Torri group. We will spend approximately two hours for visiting and photographing the trenches and the other vestiges of the World War I, dug in the rock in 1915 by the Italian troops all over this area, and then we will shoot the sun setting behind the Antelao and Lastoi de Formin groups.
• Dslr or mirrorless camera
• Enough storage cards for at least 16 GB
• A zoom lens covering at least the 28/120 mm range on a full frame sensor, the equivalent on cropped sensors
• Camera user's manual
Recommended additional/optional items
• A very sturdy tripod with panoramic head
• Wide angle to normal zoom lens, at least 24/70 mm on a full frame sensor, the equivalent on cropped sensors. Ideally one 16/35 mm and a 28/70 mm
• Long tele zoom lens - 70/200mm is enough, 300mm is recommended
• Enough storage cards for at least 64 GB
• Extra Camera batteries
• Photography backpacks come in handy to protect the equipment if it rains and to facilitate transfers from a shooting location to another
• polarizer filter
• a set of Graduated ND filters, at least a 2 and a 3 stops (it is ideal to have all the range from 1 to 4 stops)
• ND filters for long exposures, ideally one 10 stops and one 6 stop
• remote (or cable) switch
• for the image processing session, a laptop with Photoshop CS3 or newer and Lightroom 3.x or newer
Clothes and Accessories
Weather in an Alpine environment is unpredictable by definition. We can literally experience a whole set of different conditions in the same day, ranging from pristine, clear blue skies and mild temperatures down to rain/snow showers and strong and chilly cold winds. Even in summer time.
So a full set of warm clothes is recommended, including but not limited to:
- trekking shoes
- gumboots (optional, but useful in certain situations such as rivers and lakes)
- wind/rain proof jacket
- pile pullovers
- sun glasses
- Head lamps and batteries
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Day 7, September 16th, 2018 - Sunrise at Lake Antorno and Tre Cime, transfer to Treviso Airport
Sunrise (Optional): to end in style, we will wake at around 5:30am and will drive to Lake Antorno for our last sunrise shoot, with the Tre Cime di Lavaredo as our main subject.
Morning: After the sunrise shoot, we will get back to the hotel for breakfast
Rest of the day: After breakfast, we will leave the Dolomites heading to the airport of Treviso, where we will arrive in about 2h:30'. Flights out of Treviso (TSF) anytime after 3:00 PM.
Warning: shooting outdoor strongly relies on weather conditions, the schedule below might be subject to change
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Hi Paolo, Just a quick line this evening to say what a wonderful time I had and how much I appreciate everything you taught me.
In spite of the disappointing weather, I felt we achieved a lot - way beyond my expectations. I can’t wait to get home and process some of the photos I took, and use all the techniques you taught me to take some really interesting landscape photos, as well as some Close-Up triptychs - quite amazing how those came out after minimal editing. You were such an amazing teacher and taught me so much! - Geraldine Macomber, Santa Fe, USA
The trip with Paolo was fantastic. He took me to the locations I was looking for, gave me on-the-field tips, and photoshop lectures. Even after the trip, he offered to keep in touch and help me with postprocessing, which I still have to take him up on! If you take a photo trip in Tuscany, you must pick Paolo! - Linda J. Tang, San Francisco, USA
It’s been a long dream of mine to photograph Manarola in the morning, not only did Paolo know exactly where to go, he made sure I got that once-in-a-lifetime shot I’ve been longing for. Paolo was very knowledgeable, enabling me to get the best Cinque Terre shots in the very short time I had to spend on location. Using Paolo made my short visit very productive, since I did not have to go exploring. I only wish I had him with me when I was in Venice! - Bill Toti, Washington DC, USA
Hi Paolo, just wanted to say thank you for a superb session as I found it helpful, making the whole process of taking a photograph much more simple and adding a good deal of enthusiasm into the bargain too. The days we spent together were relaxed but informative and I thought your approach to the whole thing was spot on. You are not only a brilliant photographer and excellent teacher, but a thoroughly nice chap too! With your guidance, I've learned more about my camera and the technicalities of photography than I've learned from reading magazines.
Herman Chow, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Although I do not consider myself a beginner, I felt very comfortable with the tips and advices Paolo would share with me. I would greatly recommend Paolo as a tutor in a photo-tour for people of any level in their photography path. Paolo’s enthusiasm and charisma will make any adventures with him memorable.
Giovanni Russello, Auckland, New Zealand
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