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From a distance the Dolomites are dramatic and imposing, but as we travel around this scenic part of northeastern Italy, we will discover an area with an unexpected soft side. Under the aggressive peaks peaceful rivers flow through valleys home to charming settlements. Cottages emerge from the mist and still, turquoise lakes lie in the shadows of the mountains.
Clearly, there’s an abundance of opportunities for fantastic photography here! In the autumn light we will venture out to capture the rugged peaks from plenty of angles, while always having an eye on the spectacular scenery all around in this photogenic part of Italy.
On the first day of our Dolomites adventure, the group will meet at the airport in Venice. You might want to arrive a few days before to enjoy the city - if so, we can also arrange to pick you up at the train station of Bolzano. Once we’ve all got together in the afternoon, the trip will begin.
From Venice we will drive north towards the Dolomites, arriving in time for an incredible sunset photo shoot at the Passo Rolle and Baita Segantini. Please bring along a lunch with you for the journey, but bear in mind that while the road offers great views, it winds the whole way! As the sun goes down we will capture the mountain landscapes of Passo Rolle, before driving on to our hotel perched near the Carezza lake.
Overnight accommodation in Carezza.
As morning views go, the lake of Carezza is pretty hard to beat. I takes the classic combination of jagged mountains and tranquil water to a whole new level, and we’ll be sure to capture it at sunrise. The Carezza sits at the base of the imperious Dolomites and is lined by graceful pine trees.
After an early start we’ll have breakfast at the hotel, before packing up and heading towards our next base: Val di Funes. The area looks like a scene straight out of “The Sound of Music” and, as alpine settlements go, takes some beating. We will spend the next two nights enjoying the sights of St Maddalena, and will have the afternoon and sunset session at St. Johan church and St Maddalena church.
We will eat and stay in the village.
On day three the group will enjoy another memorable sunrise shoot, either in the valley of Val di Funes or in Passo delle Erb. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, we’ll take the time to rest, enjoy the views and go through a post-processing tutorial.
After a delicious lunch the plan is to drive to La valle Wengen, to capture a chapel that is in one of the finest photographic locations you will see. After enjoying the dying light of the day and another sunset, we will return to our hotel in Santa Maddalena.
On the fifth day of this Dolomites photography tour, the group will rise early to take in the sunrise over the Alpe di Siusi. We will capture the panoramic landscapes and imperious peaks as the sun touches them for the first time. If we’re lucky, the crisp autumn morning will leave the area covered in blanket of misty, so we can shoot the valley as it emerges for the day ahead. After breakfast the plan is to head off the plain and on towards the eastern part of Dolomites. There we will find Tre Cime, the most famous three peaks in all of Italy, and the mountains that best express the Dolomites reputation as a place of unique natural architecture.
For the following three nights we will stay at Cortina D’Ampezzo.
Our sunrise location on day six will be Cinque Torri - the five stone towers. After another memorable shoot the group will depart for Rifugio Scoiattoli. There we will find an open-air museum dedicated to Italian troops who fought in World War I.
After another photography workshop we will return to the hotel for breakfast. Our evening shoot will be at the shores of Antorno lake, yet another tranquil body of water with spectacular views of the peaks on the horizon. We will spend the night at Cortina D’Amrezzo.
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip.
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.