Italian Dolomites

I was at a wedding for the weekend in the German-speaking Italian region of Alto Adige / South Tyrol. Interestingly, Austria lost the territory to Italy following its defeat in WWI, but the region maintained its distinct Austrian heritage. So let’s start at the most logical place – the beginning!

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Tucked into the north-eastern corner of Italy lies the Dolomites

The train journey

As part of my bid to take your camera everywhere and shoot everything for stock, I captured some shots at Verona’s train station. I don’t expect it to win any prizes but it may feature on a travel blog about Romeo and Juliet, who knows.

Verona Porta Nuova train station in Italy
Romeo Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo

Slave to the weather

As a travel photographer, you’re a slave to the weather…for better or for force. I checked the weather forecast a few days before and it showed heavy rain throughout the weekend…fuck! I don’t mind a bit of rain but not completely overcast skies.

In any case, I did my best with what I had and managed to capture a few of the rustic cottages around.

Fresh onions lined up on a stall for sale in South Tyrol, Italy
Onions hanging out to dry
Sempervivum montanum, a plant Native, from European Alps, South Tyrol/Dolomites
Wild flowers native to the high-altitude region

Always looking for themes

The problem with being a stock addict is that I’m always looking for stock themes, here’s a few:

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Blowing bubbles…optimism perhaps?
Old stairs against a rock facade
Up and up!

Shooting the Dolomites Range

The wedding reception was at a typical high-altitude chalet overlooking the stunning Dolomites rock formation. The weather cleared up a bit and I was able to capture some great material:

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Panorama of hikers heading up the trail. This is composed of a combination of 8 different shots that I stitched together on Lightroom
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What a backdrop!
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Definitely not in Italy anymore
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Traditional Austrian wood-carvings

Next day

Next day was a wash-out, literally. Before I went back to Milan, there was one special place I wanted to photograph, a church.

This was what it was supposed to look like (assessing the competition):

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Unfortunately, the Gods were not in my favour and I had to settle with this:
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From another (better) angle:

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Which is good news because it means I’ll have to go back soon!


Indoors to keep dry

Always the optimistic, at the restaurant I papparazied a local man sitting at the bar. I appreciate the framing.

Old man with typical Austrian clothes drinks a red wine at a bar

Some Fine Art Images

As always, I captured some fine art images which are going to Arcangel Images and Fine Art America.

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Swirving dangerous road on a hill during wet and bad weather conditions

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Hope you enjoyed my adventure and until next time!

Alex

 

 

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