We invite you to Dolomites mountains. Jagged peaks, rugged mountain terrain, alpine hills and huts – there is so much to photograph! Especially in autumn when larches turn golden, first snow covers mountain tops like a sugar loaf. In low autumn sun morning mist will shine veiling from one valley to another. We picked up very special locations for you to visit day by day:
Day 1, 6 October
We arrive to the Venice airport (Marco Polo) on 16th of October. You may stay in Venice a couple of days before our trip will begin. Anyway the meeting will be in the afternoon at the airport. We can also arrange pick-up at the train station of Bolzano. Please have your lunch (or packed lunch) before we start driving. Note that roads have lots of switchbacks and serpentines in Dolomites, so don’t try hard with your lunch.
Sunset location: Passo Rolle and Baita Segantini. At sunset we will shoot tremendous mountain landscapes of Passo Rolle. The road will be spectacular this day.
After sunset we have another hour to drive to our hotel located near Carezza lake.
Overnight in Carezza.
Sunrise location: Carezza lake. Carezza lake is the little gem of Dolomites. This small lake located under the feet of beautiful mountains with slopes of tall pines and golden larches. Following the sunrise shooting will be a breakfast in our hotel. After the breakfast we are packing and driving towards our next base – Val di Funes. That is a picturesque alpine valley with little cozy tyrol houses and famous churches. We base at St Maddalena village for 2 nights. Afternoon and sunset shooting at St. Johan church and St Maddalena church. Dinner and stay at St. Maddalena village.
After the sunrise shoot in val di Funes or passo delle Erbe, we will get back to the hotel for breakfast. We have some rest and enjoy enigmatic landscapes with teeth-like peaks of Odle range in Val di Funes at our hotel. Post-processing tutorials and instructions. After the lunch we will head towards La valle Wengen, a beautiful chapel located in this village at the slopes of alpine pastures.
After the sunset we return to our hotel at Santa Maddalena village.
Sunrise shoot in val di Funes or passo delle Erbe. After the lunch we move to Alpe di Siusi area, beautiful mountain resort. You hardly encounter even a few cars here in October, it’s very calm and serene place. In october golden larches are lit up by the warm low autumn sun.
Sunset location located at the Alpe di Siusi area.
We meet the sun at Alpe di Siusi enjoying south Tyrol landscapes. We have a high chance to shoot the misty landscapes in autumn mornings, while valleys are shining with gold. After the breakfast we are packing and moving towards to the eastern part of Dolomites, to famous Tre Cime area. We will stay at Cortina D’Ampezzo for the next 3 nights.
Sunrise location: Cinque Torri, massif rock formations.
Early in the morning we will drive to the Rifugio Scoiattoli, located near Cinque Torri, a beautiful group of rocks. This area is also called open-air museum because of many signes left from the World War I by italian troops. After the session we return to our hotel for breakfast.
In the evening we drive to Antorno lake, a mall gem under the feet of Tre Cime.
Overnight at Cortina D’Amrezzo.
This morning we drive to Lago di Braies, a wonderful lake, one of the most iconic spots of the Dolomite mountains. Its emerald waters usually calm in the morning. We have breakfast on the way back to Tre Cime park. We spend the second half of the day hiking under the tall walls of Tre Cime di Lavaredo. It takes 1,5 hours easy hike to get to famous location in front of Three Sisters (Tre Cime) to shoot in low evening sun here. Back to the cars late in the evening and continue to our hotel for the final dinner.
Check out from our hotel at 10:00. Expect to be at the airport of Venice no earlier than 13:00, so you can take 16:00 flights and later.
Total price: 3900 USD per person twin share
Single supplement: 450 USD
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Included in the price:
– All transfers
– Lodging, meals
– Instruction and master classes by two professional guides
Not included in the price:
– Visas (if applicable)
– Single supplement (450 USD)
What to bring
– DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release
– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography
– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm
– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm. Be sure to have additional tripod mount to this lens.
– Waterproof and windproof jacket (consider the average temperature +5 – +10 C at daytime and even down to minus -5 – – 10 in the morning and night)
– Waterproof pants
– Warm jacket and thermal pants
– Wellingtons or fishing boots for muddy spots and against morning dew
– Casual clothes for dinners and lunches and photography workshops
Daniel was born in Moscow area. In his childhood he graduated the art school. After that, he is studied in Moscow institute of Physics and Technology and became an optics physicist. During the study he gain experience not only in physics, but also in mountain climbing and hiking, guiding tourist groups in winter and in summer in Russian mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo-workshops and chief editor of “Continent expedition” magazine. This magazine is about travel and adventures all over the world. He has got several awards in photography: Golden Turtle’ 13 Nature nomination winner, National Geographic Russia contest 2013 and 2014 finalist, Best of Russia’13 and ’14 winner, best photographer’13 finalist and others. He is spending most of his time in Norway, Lofoten islands and in Tuscany at villa Gaia, guiding groups of photographers.
Iurie Belegurschi is a landscape photographer based in Iceland, where he runs photo tours and workshops. He was born in Moldova and has been living in Iceland since 2006. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality. His photos have been published worldwide in books, calendars, greeting cards, magazines and some of the most popular newspapers like The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Sun, The Huffington Post, and The Telegraph.