The Dolomites, a UNESCO’s World Natural Heritage site since 2009, are one of the world’s most fascinating mountain ranges. Once known as "The Pale Mountains" for the white color of their rocks, the shapes of these majestic peaks have often been compared to natural cathedrals, pinnacles and needles - a fact evocative of the almost religious sense of wonder that these mountains have instilled on men over the centuries with their superbe grandeur.
Lake Antorno - Tre Cime di Lavaredo
A small lake, just slightly bigger than a pond, Lake Antorno in without any doubt the best vantage point for photographing the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen in German) either at sunrise or sunset. The Cadini di Misurina group and Mount Piana are also visible from this point.
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo at sunset, from Lake Antorno
Another high mountain pass, it connects the Val Gardena Valley in South Tyrol and Canazei in the Fassa Valley in Trentino.
From this pass, one can enjoy amazing views on two of the most beautiful groups of the Dolomites, the Sella group and the Sasso Lungo/Sasso Piatto group.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo - Drei Zinnen
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo, also called the Drei Zinnen in German, are three distinctive battlement-like peaks, in the Sexten Dolomites. They are probably one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps, and certainly the Dolomites Mountain "par excellence".
There is a huge plateau surrounding the Tre Cime, from where it is possible to enjoy fantastic views on many of the most famous peaks of the area, such as Mount Cristallo, Croda Rossa and Cadini di Misurina.
Misurina Lake and Sorapiss
Another beautiful lake, Misurina Lake is the perfect set for photographing the majestic vertical walls of the Sorapiss group. Many animals live In the woods and prairies surrounding the lake, such as deers, chamoises, foxes and also wild horses.
Pordoi is a pass located between the Sella group in the north and the Marmolada group in the south. The pass is at an altitude of 2,239 m (7,346 ft), and the road crossing the pass connects Arabba (Livinallongo del Col di Lana) with Canazei (Fassa Valley). It is the highest surfaced road traversing a pass in the Dolomites.
The Valley of Funes, Villnößtal in German, is a charming short valley in South Tyrol. This valley has remained almost untouched by modernity, and for this reason is one of the most visited South Tyrolean places, for its tranquility and its wealth of breathtaking views. The world famous Sankt Johann Chapel is in the small hamlet of Santa Magdalena, surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Odle range
A small group of five vertical peaks in the Nuvolao range, from here it is possible to enjoy and photograph wonderful grand vistas on the Mount Croda da Lago, Antelao, the Tofane and Lagazuoi group, and the Lastoi de Formin.
This area was theater of fierce fightings between Italian and austro-Hungarian troops during World War I; the trenches and shelters are still there nowaday and have been recently restructured to create interesting historical itineararies.
Example of a typical day in the field
Sunrise and early morning
We will wake up about 1 hour before dawn and with a 30 minutes transfer by car we will get to the "rifugio Scoiattoli" at the foot of the Cinque Terre group. From this fantastic vantage point we will photograph the wonderful groups of Croda da Lago, Lastoi de Formin, Antelao and Tofane, all bathed in the warm light of the rising sun.
We will spend the whole afternoon scouting this area and photographing grand vistas of the Tre Cime themselves as well as of the many groups surrounding the Tre Cime, such as Mount Cristallo, Cadini di Misurina, Mount Piana, Mount Paterno, Croda Rossa, etc. We will create all sort of imagery during the afternoon, from macro and close ups up to scenic vistas and panoramas.
rest of the morning
We will have breakfast at the "rifugio Scoiattoli" at around 9am and then we will spend the rest of the morning visiting and photographing the trenches and the other vestiges of the World War I, dug by the Italian and the Austro-Hungarian troops all over the area.
We will grab a quick lunch at some bar or pizzeria in Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Susa Valley and then we will drive all the way up to "Rifugio Auronzo", placed at the centre of the huge plateau surrounding the amazing group of Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
We will leave from Rifugio Auronzo about one hour before sunset, and with about 30 minutes of transfer we will get to the Antorno Lake, where we will photograph the Tre Cime again, this time shining in the pink light of the setting sun, and reflected in the calm waters of the lake.
This pass connects the Funes Valley with the Badia Valley. The place to go for photographing the wonderful massif of Sass de Putia (Peitlerkofel in German).
Details and Requirements
- Dslr camera
- Camera user's manual
- 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 16 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
Number of students per workshop: minimum 1, maximum 3 students
Duration*: minimum 2, maximum 4 days
3 days is the recommended length, as it is indeed the ideal timeframe for putting
together a very effective itinerary, and it still allows enough free time
for a few good image processing/image critiquing sessions.
*upon request the maximum duration can be extended up to six days. Please inquire for prices.
From mid May to the end of October.
Particularly scenic in September and October when fall foliage colours reach their peak.
easy to moderate. Most of the shooting locations are directly accessible by car.
A few of them require short hikings of no more than 2-3 kms on easy trails with moderate elevation gain.
However, due the unpredictable and fast-changing weather conditions typical of the Alps, a reasonable
level of fitness, adaptability and familiarity with outdoor activities is required.
- full time in-the-field tutoring and instructions
- at least one image processing class (min. 2 hours) per workshop
- all travel costs from the B&B to the shooting locations and back (fuel, tolls, tickets, etc.)
- lodging costs of the instructor
What's not included
Travel costs for reaching the accommodation, hotels/B&B rates, entrance fees (if any),
meals and beverages are not included in the cost of admission unless specified.
All participants must be in possession of a valid Health and Accident Insurance with repatriation cover.
2 days, 1 student: 1.400,00 € + VAT 22%**
3 days, 1 student: 2.000,00 € + VAT 22%**
4 days, 1 student: 2.450,00 € + VAT 22%**
5 days, 1 student: 2'850,00 € + VAT 22%**
*a discount applies for groups of 2 or 3 photographers:
2 photographers pay each one 75% of the base rates above,
3 photographers pay 65% of the base rates.
Of course partners and/or friends who are not active photographers
are always welcome to join for free.
** VAT (Valued Added Tax) is not applicable - and it will not be charged -
for businesses and/or companies from outside the European Union
Bank Transfer, Credit Cards, Paypal
If you cancel within 30 days before the workshop start, you will be refunded the deposit
minus 100,00 € as administrative fee.
No refund will be issued for cancellations received with 30 days or less remaining
before the workshop starting date.
Please note that there is no exception to this policy. For this reason it is strongly recommended
to purchase refundable plane/train tickets only and endow yourself with a trip cancellation insurance.
All cancellation request must be in writing.
The base for our tour in the Italian Dolomites will be the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo, as it is
perfectly situated in the centre of the Dolomites area.
Cortina is a very important ski resort, so there is plenty of accommodations available,
from luxury hotels to simple but typical family ruled pensions and bed & breakfast.
Participants are free to stay in the accommodation that better suits their needs/requirement
I will be happy of course to help in the case you need suggestions for choosing your accomodation.
If you need assistance in choosing your accommodation please contact me.
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