Woke up hours before dawn, hit the road and hiked in the snowy sunrise.
Just to fall in love with these mountains.
Due to the great friends surrounding me, I have been gifted a two days workshop for my graduation. It took place last weekend in the beautiful area of the Odle dolomites.
The aim of these courses is to focus on a specific subject, this was the case of landscape photography in autumn. Led by a group of three crazy teachers, we met at a local malga , and went for a quick hike to the bottom slopes. But the weather was not on our side. Even if the forecast predicted a sunny day, we encountered the first difficulty when some foggy clouds decided to show up, swallowing the mountains.
The colors turned more blueshifted due to the mist, and a shy snow started to fall, indeed the location was a top tier and I could not lose the oportunity to shoot, so I had to manage to work on something different, this is when I started to shoot black and white.
“When I am having some shitty colours, I start shooting B&W”
Elio is a friend of mine, also very passionate about photography, and hell if he’s right on this statement.
So, while the snow was falling and people started to freak out since they were missing the flaming reds of the dying leaves, I wandered the surroundings.
I forgot to mention, that in order to be on time at our randezvous, I had to wake up at 4 am, and drive for almost 4 hours. Now you get why I wouldn’t want to waste a single moment.
In the following day, an early morning alarm woke us at 5 a.m., and we walked our way to the hill facing the Odles. Just half an hour before dawn, we had our strict time to find our composition (despite many opted for the classic postcard) and on our way down we were blessed by some narrow openings in the clouds, creating some spectacular contrasts.
There isn’t any “preferred” or special picture, it was a bootcamp and so it was very useful to work on some technical aspects of the passion, mostly composition. Here I’ll give you all the pictures, in a sort of chronological order, going from the moon which welcomed me ad dawn at the meeting point, to the last picture of the church embraced by the red-turning leaves of a tree facing the mountains.
The clouds went up readily as I got off the car, but it was still a reasonable amount, making some nice hides of the cliffs.
After the first trek, a shy opening of the clouds gave some line-like illumination of the surroundings.
While wandering like folks in the previous picture, I decided to put some effort in a technique I didn’t love since the first attempts in photography. But this scene of a yellow tree surrounded by green ones gave me the cue to shoot.
In this picture, the small cabinet on the left of the house is the restroom. For those feeling always warm.