Dolomites ODLE Mountain Group
“A New Day” – The Dolomites, Italy – Matteo Zanvettor – Featured Photographer
Light is the most important part of any photograph. Even the most beautiful places in the world can look drab in poor lighting. Likewise, the right light can make the most unattractive scenes bearable, even beautiful. Fortunately Matteo’s image is a combination of beautiful light and landscape. It doesn’t take too much imagination to view the large crag as a “Stairway to Heaven” with the summit shrouded in clouds. Please read his recap below then visit one or all of his wonderful portfolios.
www.photozanve.it (personal website)
www.dreamerlandscape.com (nature photography team and blog)
The Dolomites ODLE Mountain Group, is located in the Natural Park “PUEZ-ODLE” in the Alpine region of South Tyrol, in Italy. This “viewpoint” from the west can be reached from VAL GARDENA. Going up the slopes of SECEDA, is probably not the most classic, but still one you can have from the VAL DI FUNES. It is certainly very suggestive for its shape reminiscent of geological ages far away.
This picture was made unexpectedly. In landscape photography, it takes a lot of knowledge and preparation, but a bit of luck does not hurt. I had climbed the SECEDA the day before with the intent to do just this shot with the sun behind to redden the north walls of the Odle, the so-called “Enrosadira” as it is called in Ladinia. The fact is that the sun was not the best and therefore the shots that evening did not convince me, then I decide to try again the next morning.
I knew I had a situation of complete backlighting but the movement of clouds in the sky gave me good hope. Suddenly the clouds took over the tops to cover the sun, still low, leaving the weaker rays filtering and creating this surreal atmosphere. I hope one day I will be able to repeat this mystical image on my return.
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