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This viewpoint is one of the most jaw-dropping I have seen. I could have stayed here for hours! I took a lot of shots but I think that this four image panorama ...
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This viewpoint is one of the most jaw-dropping I have seen. I could have stayed here for hours! I took a lot of shots but I think that this four image panorama is my best.
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17 Comments | Report
jefboulet PRO
 
jefboulet March 28, 2016
Magnificent picture.
Roussou
 
Roussou April 15, 2016
Great shot and the mountains are amazingly beautiful.
dfrancis2
dfrancis2 April 16, 2016
Thanks Hans! It is a unique location.
DISCOVERABRUZZO_dot_IT
 
DISCOVERABRUZZO_dot_IT April 23, 2016
congrats!you just won our "Misty Mountains" challenge asgrand winner! Good job ;)
dfrancis2
dfrancis2 April 23, 2016
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it enough to pick it as the winner. Grazie!
Nitka
 
Nitka April 23, 2016
Absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your well deserved win in a Challenge..:-)
dfrancis2
dfrancis2 April 23, 2016
Thank you Anita!
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography May 17, 2016
like it!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana May 17, 2016
A great shot!
KevinWarnecke
 
KevinWarnecke June 01, 2016
You think this might be your best? I'd say that's a safe bet.
dfrancis2
dfrancis2 June 02, 2016
Yes, trying to beat it is proving very difficult. Cheers Kevin!
JaneFG PRO
 
JaneFG June 02, 2016
WOW!! Absolutely blown away.....WOW!!
dfrancis2
dfrancis2 June 03, 2016
Thanks Jane, it is an amazing place!
charliedeboer
 
charliedeboer July 10, 2016
great shot stunning views
dfrancis2
dfrancis2 July 10, 2016
Thanks Charlie!
Rodrigueelhajj PRO
 
Rodrigueelhajj August 17, 2016
Epic!
LuciaH PRO
 
LuciaH August 17, 2016
Beautiful !
petrovpavel
 
petrovpavel September 02, 2016
Unreal!
Brian-miller
 
Brian-miller November 25, 2016
beautiful shot. where is this? love the contrast of the light and shadow
dfrancis2
dfrancis2 November 28, 2016
Thanks Brian! It's in Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites.
marcdewitt PRO
 
marcdewitt December 10, 2016
Fantastic shot. Almost other-worldly and beautiful.
Lesabre1954 Premium
 
Lesabre1954 March 20, 2017
I think that this is an excellent photo. You can tell that you spent a lot of time composing and capturing this photo. The end result is amazing!! Good luck on your future photo excursions!
dfrancis2
dfrancis2 March 22, 2017
Thank you! It was definitely time well spent :-)
PhotoDave PRO
 
PhotoDave March 27, 2017
Gorgeous!
klaudiawolanski
 
klaudiawolanski September 02, 2017
AMAZING ! whats lens pls ??
dfrancis2
dfrancis2 September 03, 2017
Hi Klaudia, it was taken with the Nikon 35 mm f1.8 prime lens

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Behind The Lens

Location
It is in Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites. You can take a couple of cable cars from Ortisei to get near this viewpoint. During the winter these slopes are used for skiing.
Time
It was about midday. I had to catch a train to Milan later that day so I didn't have as much time here as I would have liked.
Lighting
The morning was quite cloudy and the peak was obscured but luckily the clouds parted to enough to reveal the peak and paint the landscape in this gorgeous doppled light.
Equipment
A Nikon d5100 with a 35mm fixed focal length lens.
Inspiration
I'd seen photos from here before and wanted to visit it for myself. I knew it was near to Ortisei and the owner of my guesthouse told me exactly how to reach it. I visited the viewpoint a couple of times during my stay and tried a number of techniques, including long exposures with a neutral density filter to blur the motion of the clouds, however the panorama worked better because of the width it provides.
Editing
I stitched four images to produce the panorama and used a curves adjustment to darken the clouds over the peak. I decreased the highlights to improve the contrast in the background clouds and increased the shadows in the foreground.
In my camera bag
For this one I had the Nikon camera and prime lens, plus a telephoto and the kit lens. I have now upgraded to the Sony a7R with a wide angle lens which is much better for landscape photography. I also now own a Sirui carbon fibre travel tripod which is amazingly compact and light.
Feedback
When you are shooting a scene like this which you know is going to be amazing then it's best to be patient and wait for the best weather conditions. When I stayed near here unfortunately there was an overnight storm so I wasn't able get any sunrise/set shots of this location, but was rewarded a day later when I returned and captured this image.

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