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Tranquil Dolomites



Afternoon light settles on a verdant valley in the Dolomites.

Afternoon light settles on a verdant valley in the Dolomites.
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LUsherLamacraft Premium
 
LUsherLamacraft January 16, 2016
Gorgeous!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield January 19, 2016
Thanks
laureenofscotts PRO+
 
laureenofscotts January 19, 2016
Love this beautiful picture with the contrast between the dark sky and the sun in the valley!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield January 19, 2016
Thanks!
berniecoletta
 
berniecoletta January 21, 2016
Thank you so much for the beautiful picture. The Dolomites are my favorite mountain chain. My Dad surveyed them back in the late 50's.
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield January 21, 2016
They are definitely amazing and the most incredible mountains I've seen.
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair February 02, 2016
Pretty colors!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 24, 2016
Thank you
rjchipelo PRO
 
rjchipelo February 16, 2016
Great shot! voted in From Afar: Landscape contest!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield February 16, 2016
Thanks :)
sanaelgamal
 
sanaelgamal March 31, 2016
The mountains are so incredible!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 24, 2016
They definitely are!
ahmedfouadibraheem
 
ahmedfouadibraheem April 02, 2016
Fantastic.
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 24, 2016
Thanks
Worldwalkart PRO+
 
Worldwalkart April 07, 2016
Love this Photo...love the Dolomites...my favorite mountains...at sunset they are like none other!! Congratulations of a beautiful capture!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 18, 2016
Thank you!
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shelleylittle April 11, 2016
wow
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 18, 2016
Thanks :)
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laureenofscotts April 22, 2016
Congratulations!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 24, 2016
Thanks!
JoyceDickens
 
JoyceDickens April 22, 2016
Congratulations! A very deserving image :-))
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 24, 2016
Thanks!
silentwalkerja
 
silentwalkerja April 23, 2016
Wow!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 24, 2016
That's how I felt seeing it for the first time.
anabella
 
anabella April 23, 2016
Congratulations! Breathtaking image!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 24, 2016
Thank
BlueRidgeImagery
 
BlueRidgeImagery April 23, 2016
Great Image!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 24, 2016
Thanks :)
MichelleClaire
 
MichelleClaire April 23, 2016
Love the colours that have come through. The sun light in perfect place to light the village.
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 24, 2016
Thanks, I waited around for the sunlight to hit the valley just right, the clouds were moving pretty fast.
AlessaB
 
AlessaB April 24, 2016
This has to be the most beautiful shot I have ever seen! It's a perfect masterpiece!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield April 24, 2016
Thank you, much appreciated!
loveforimran
 
loveforimran April 24, 2016
cool
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield May 15, 2016
Thanks!
Muuu34
 
Muuu34 April 25, 2016
Wonderful job Jason. Congratulations!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield May 15, 2016
Thanks!
lyoung403b
 
lyoung403b April 26, 2016
Beautiful :)
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield May 15, 2016
Thanks!
rchrd25
 
rchrd25 May 07, 2016
Fantastic!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield May 15, 2016
Thanks!
busyginakate
 
busyginakate May 15, 2016
Nice work!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield May 15, 2016
Thanks!
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HisImages September 09, 2016
Beautiful photo. Please consider entering it in my challenge, the 23rd pslam
Karine
 
Karine September 23, 2016
breathtaking beauty!
mgenkova
 
mgenkova January 03, 2017
Stunning!
nono8107
 
nono8107 March 14, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka March 26, 2017
One of the best images I've seen fro a long time. Wonderful lighting detail and composition.
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield March 26, 2017
Thank you
johnchilver
 
johnchilver June 30, 2017
Fantastic image
hvm20
 
hvm20 January 14, 2018
Existe la paz absoluta y paradisĂ­aco.
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography June 24, 2018
Advanced planning and research usually pays off but always at the mercy of Mother Nature. Splendid!
jasonjhatfield
jasonjhatfield June 25, 2018
Definitely true, thank you!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I capture this image in Santa Magdalena/St. Maddalena, Italy on a busy multi-country tour of Europe. This is a location I researched beforehand but we only had 2 days to see as much as possible in the Dolomites, luckily the conditions were amazing the day we visited.
Time
Based on the position of the valley, mountains, and church, I knew I wanted to get here for afternoon light. We started our day hiking high in the mountains of Parco Naturale Puez Odle featured in the image, before returning to the nearby town of Selva di Val Gardena to drive to this location. After navigating the narrow roads and limited signage, and a stop to photograph another church, we arrived a little later than I had planned around 6pm. This actually ended up working perfectly though as the lower sun cast shadows through the valley that helped to highlight the mountain range.
Lighting
The clouds were moving fast causing the areas of light and shadow to change quickly. I waited about 20 minutes for the right combination of light on the church and mountains to capture the image I wanted, and within 30 seconds the scene was gone.
Equipment
I shot this with a Sony a7R and Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 lens on a Feisol carbon fiber tripod.
Inspiration
Years ago I came across an image of this location from Danish photographer Hans Kruse. I knew it was a spot I wanted to visit someday but after my wife suggested a high-paced trip to Europe in 2014 I knew we had to make the Dolomites part of the trip. There wasn't a lot of info on the location and Google Earth wasn't much help but after digging around I had a good idea where I wanted to capture the image from and how to get there.
Editing
This image is a single shot that really shows off the dynamic range of the a7r's sensor. To process the shot I primarily worked in Lightroom with small adjustments to contrast, shadow/highlights, and color. I used an exposure brush to reduce the brightness on the white stones of the church and brought the final image into Nik Color Efex to process tonality in the clouds and mountains.
In my camera bag
Right now I have everything in a first gen F-Stop Loka pack or my Osprey Exos 58 backpacking pack. Since switching to mirrorless I've been able to get most of my gear in a small ICU while my camera sits in a chest pouch for easy access. In my bag I currently have the following camera gear: a7R II, a7R as backup, Sony's FE lenses: 16-35mm f/4, 24-70mm f/4, and 70-200mm f/4, a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 for night work, Rode shotgun mic for video, Neewer L-Plate, Hoya HD3 and Firecrest Polarizers, about 7 batteries and large external batteries (better to have too many I guess), Feisol CT-3442 tripod with Photoclam Gold ballhead, and a Lee Big Stopper filter. Depending on how far I'm hiking I'll remove certain items to make my load lighter. For non-camera equipment, I usually have rain gear, puffy jacket and pants, and a Steripen to filter water while hiking. My favorite piece of gear is probably my Western Mountaineering puffy flight pants, never underestimate the value of warm legs while photographing at night!
Feedback
The biggest thing that can help in getting a great shot in a new and far off location is planning. It's likely someone else has been there before and by searching maps, images, online guides, and forums, you can usually find enough info to work out most of the details before the trip. Another big help is if you have it, give yourself plenty of time and possibly multiple days at a new destination; even going to the location in sub-optimal light to get a feel for the spot can make a big difference when the light gets good. As a side to that though, sometimes I just start driving down a new road or trail without knowing where it leads, and that can result in a great image few others have seen.

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