I recently had the opportunity to extend a business trip for a short weekend in the Dolomites. This region, located in the North East of Italy, is a very popular place for tourists. It is also much appreciated by landscape photographers for its photogenic potential.
Two days is for sure not enough and the weather was not very favorable. Mid-May in the mountains at 1000-1500m, is a little early in the season and June/July would have been much better. Nevertheless I was able to bring back some beautiful pictures.
My trip started on the shores of Lake Garda, a place I particularly like, then I headed for the Dolomites and Lake Misurina.
Only two and a half days to spend on the spot, I knew that time is always running fast. So I took good care with the preparations of my stay. I found a nice hotel (Quinz – Locanda Al Lago) offering a reasonable price, a good restaurant and a great location.
The view from the balcony of my room was a rare pleasure. I had plenty of time to capture the shades of colors from sunrise to sunset in the comfort of my room.From my base camp I could easily reach all the locations I wanted to visit. Due to the lack of time and because it was my first stay I decided to focus on the most touristic places.
From a photographic point of view I recommend Lake Misurina, the Tre Cime di lavaredo (of course) Wilder Pragsee (amazing place), Arounzo di Cadouro. As for the popular ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, it is probably better in winter or summer but of little interest in the off-season.
To echo a recent Dear Susan article about the best location for landscape photography , I don’t know if Dolomites is the best place in the world . But In the near future we might consider that the best spots are those which are not invaded by tourists and without an army of drones above our heads.
I particularly remember one evening when I was at the edge of a lake to take pictures of a sunset and to enjoy the calm and silence of nature. Two drones kept flying over the lake for at least 20 minutes and believe me they are quite noisy ! I left before sunset… Some regulation might be needed soon, if this market continues to quickly grow. The irony is that my wife and my son wanted to give me one for my birthday .
Compared with the French Alps that I know well, this place offers several benefits : A lots of mountains and peaks are very steep and photogenic, many lakes are easy to reach, there is a concentrate of beautiful scenery within a fairly small space. In a nutshell, I would say there is certainly much more to do and enjoy in the Dolomites and my first stay there really made me want to come back with my family for a longer stay.
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