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The storm approaches Alpi di Siusi



Alpi di Siusi (Seiser Alm) is Europes highest mountain plateau and provides spectacular views of Sassolungo. Here there was some superb light been created as th...
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Alpi di Siusi (Seiser Alm) is Europes highest mountain plateau and provides spectacular views of Sassolungo. Here there was some superb light been created as the thunderstorm approached. The area is particularly famous for its wild flowers which are just starting to come out. The pastureland is dotted with very photogenic little huts that provide excellent foregrounds to the mountain backdrop.
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33 Comments | Report
Roussou
 
Roussou June 17, 2015
Beautiful capture
kanizkhan
 
kanizkhan August 02, 2015
Breathtaking beauty.
evapollick
 
evapollick September 08, 2015
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MikeW Ultimate
 
MikeW October 02, 2015
totally loving this shot! Congrats!
cclaude PRO+
 
cclaude October 02, 2015
Lovely light, nice contrasts! Congrats!
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold October 11, 2015
Bellissima!!!
FaithPhotography
 
FaithPhotography October 11, 2015
How majestic is that. Absolutely breath-taking.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots November 10, 2015
Great capture!
nandicmb PRO+
 
nandicmb December 20, 2015
Congratulations on all your Contest Finalist wins!
lunadea
 
lunadea December 22, 2015
How theatrical like it has been purposefully spotlit by a giant!
rjchipelo PRO
 
rjchipelo February 16, 2016
Incredible Photo!! voted in From Afar:Landscape contest!
LNSphotography
 
LNSphotography February 19, 2016
WOW!!!!!!!!!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots April 11, 2016
Congrats!
gogosviewbug
 
gogosviewbug August 21, 2016
Top notch shot!
RobMan11
 
RobMan11 September 16, 2016
Just beautiful!
soniaclement
 
soniaclement November 30, 2016
I'm speachless... Amazing capture !
johnraymondgriffin
 
johnraymondgriffin February 17, 2017
That's awesome photo man!
myriamverne-soury
 
myriamverne-soury March 13, 2017
Stunning image, bravo !!
RichLonardoPhotography
 
RichLonardoPhotography May 01, 2017
Outstanding work here.
timkenyon
 
timkenyon May 15, 2017
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timkenyon
 
timkenyon May 15, 2017
I love this picture .all the time I spend taking wildlife pictures this makes me think I am missing something ..
MAVEBO
 
MAVEBO May 18, 2017
Fantastica, felicidades
7charlie85
 
7charlie85 May 26, 2017
Those mountains are amazing!!
podesta
 
podesta June 09, 2017
Fantastic landscape
Skcharlie
 
Skcharlie July 15, 2017
Spectacular image.
MalefijtFotografie
 
MalefijtFotografie July 26, 2017
wow!
kristieriggspierce
 
kristieriggspierce September 08, 2017
absolutely beautiful, great capture
jamesharrisphoto Platinum
 
jamesharrisphoto January 31, 2018
Absolutely stunning photo!
Wildatlanticwanderer
 
Wildatlanticwanderer March 14, 2018
Spectacular shot
flower98
 
flower98 April 16, 2018
simply beautiful!
fotoflwrgirl
 
fotoflwrgirl February 07, 2019
Incredible! The depth and drama is spectacular! :)
dillardtaylor
 
dillardtaylor April 29, 2021
There must be a superb loneliness living in a place like that! I can barely comprehend it!
marcdewitt PRO
 
marcdewitt Mar 27
Stunning image. Outstanding treatment of the light.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taking on the Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm) alpine plateau in the Italian Dolomites, looking west towards Sassolungo (Langkofel).
Time
Throughout the summer months there are regular thunderstorms nearly every afternoon in the Dolomites. This creates some excellent landscape opportunities as the skies darken creating an ominous and dramatic scene. This particular shot was taken at 2:30pm on just such an afternoon as the storm rolled towards the mountains.
Lighting
The two huts provided an excellent foreground to the mountain backdrop creating a picture perfect composition. It was then just a case of waiting for some suitably good light to illuminate the buildings, creating a dramatic contrast between the ever darkening skies.
Equipment
On this particular day I was out walking with my partner. I’ve got into the habit of always throwing a camera and single lens into my backpack whatever the weather incase a suitably good spontaneous photo opportunity arrises. To this end I find the Nikon 28-300 lens perfect due to its huge focal range, allowing you a huge variety of potential compositions. In this instance it was paired with the Nikon D810.
Inspiration
Spanning an area of 6000 hectares (or 56 square kilometres), the Alpe di Siusi is Europe’s largest high-altitude alpine meadow and undoubtedly one of the most photogenic spots in the Dolomites. The vast plateau harbours some 800 different species of wild ower and is liberally studded with rustic wooden huts, babbling streams and small ponds. Set against the superbly proportioned Sassolungo group, an epitome of the Dolomitic ideal of what a mountain should look like, there is a nearly an infinite number of creative photo opportunities to be had here. This particular photo however was very much a spontaneous opportunity created by the dramatic weather rolling in.
Editing
The processing on this shot was fairly minimal, just some minor editing to bring out the rock details on the mountain by lifting the shadows.
In my camera bag
I normally carry the holy trinity (14-24, 24-70 and 70-200) complete with tripod and associated paraphernalia. However in this case it was nice to enjoy the walk and travel light, taking just the Nikon D810 and 28-300.
Feedback
Always pack your camera if you’re out and about, even if the forecast looks dire. You never know when you might get a sudden clearing in the weather, creating that fleeting but impressive scene. Just be sure to pack you’re kit in something suitably waterproof - a large dry bag to line the inside of your rucksack is particularly effective.

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