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Hans Kruse
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« on: November 07, 2011, 04:47:53 PM »
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I have just been in the Italian Dolomites again to run a photo workshop with a group of 10 photographers and thought that the readers of this forum might be interested to see some of the pictures from this great place. Not the western USA, but a great place which happens to be in Europe. The Dolomites are really special mountains. The following pictures were taken in the beginning of October in the Dolomites in the western part of the area including Alpe di Siusi, Santa Maddalena, Passo Sella, Passo Padon, Baita Segantini, etc. I will note in the following what lenses were used and all are taken with my trusty Canon 1Ds mkIII. All post processing was done in Adobe Lightroom 3.
 
Canon 24-70 f/2.8L


Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II


Canon 24-70 f/2.8L


Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II


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Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II


Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II + 1.4x TC III


Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II + 1.4x TC III
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011, 07:07:39 AM »
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Wow... Hans, you make my mouth water. I must absolutely find a way to spend some time there and it's not far away from Switzerland.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011, 07:51:36 PM »
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When I went through there at the start of October (4th), there was some kind of stage thing happening next to the church at Santa Maddelena. Was that present when you were there?  It kind of spoilt the "traditional" Val Di Funes shot ...

To work around that, I went up to the church and shot from behind it (1st photo)...

... and from the end of October (28th) is a similar shot (#2), only framed lower to pull in the red from the tree in the foreground.

On both occasions I was only there for the afternoon, so I didn't have the luxury of returning for "better sky". Sigh.

p.s. is there a "LR profile" for exporting pictures to be "web ready"? in LR, they're ok on my screen, but I don't know if it is the squeeze for sRGB or the JPEG itself that is just really bad with the shadows when reviewing it on export. The shadows just disappear and turn into black :-(
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2011, 08:03:04 PM »
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I have just been in the Italian Dolomites again to run a photo workshop with a group of 10 photographers and thought that the readers of this forum might be interested to see some of the pictures from this great place. Not the western USA, but a great place which happens to be in Europe. The Dolomites are really special mountains.

In terms of photographic potential, I think they're completely undersold and under-explored.

I wouldn't say the same for skiing potential though Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2011, 12:58:16 PM »
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When I went through there at the start of October (4th), there was some kind of stage thing happening next to the church at Santa Maddelena. Was that present when you were there?  It kind of spoilt the "traditional" Val Di Funes shot ...

To work around that, I went up to the church and shot from behind it (1st photo)...

... and from the end of October (28th) is a similar shot (#2), only framed lower to pull in the red from the tree in the foreground.

On both occasions I was only there for the afternoon, so I didn't have the luxury of returning for "better sky". Sigh.

p.s. is there a "LR profile" for exporting pictures to be "web ready"? in LR, they're ok on my screen, but I don't know if it is the squeeze for sRGB or the JPEG itself that is just really bad with the shadows when reviewing it on export. The shadows just disappear and turn into black :-(

When I was there I shot from two different positions. The high one shown in the post and the low one in front of the little church/chapel

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2011, 12:37:41 AM »
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When I was there I shot from two different positions. The high one shown in the post and the low one in front of the little church/chapel

Very nice!

I haven't ventured down to that chapel although I've seen it from a road that leads further up into the park. There's a bus stop along that road where I've parked to get the light coming through the trees but I'm not yet sure what the composition should be for that ... from up on that road oppositethe bus stop, I think there's a small dirt road that you can walk down and then you are looking back down the valley on Santa Maddelena.

At the end of that road, there's a small park and a short distance up the trail that leads up to the mountains pictured, before you get to the trees, there's some clear land on the left with a small hut behind the wooden fence ... (need to be careful that you don't walk in cow/horse patties.)

I've found shooting the hut quite challenging because the wood on the "sunset side" is very reflective and it has so far blown out in all of my attempts to shoot without HDR (and even shots that I thought weren't over exposed whilst shooting came out slightly blown in LR :-() when the sun is actually on it.

I'm thinking that a 2 to 4 week "holiday" in the area next year around 14-Sep to 14-Oct is going to be required! One of the bigger problems that I've had at that time of year is that the length of the day is changing so rapidly that the "right time" of day can change by as much as half an hour in a week!
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2011, 03:13:46 AM »
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It's a lot of fun to see your images.  You should be proud.  I especially like the 2nd one.  Makes me want to go back. 
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2011, 08:50:32 AM »
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Thank you Hans and Dreed for the mouth-watering images!

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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2011, 11:16:48 AM »
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Hans, it's enough to make me think again about the beauty of nature, with or without the hand of Man... Beautiful photography that would have made you a millionaire in the heyday of Image Bank and Stone. Maybe you already are a millionaire, in which case, well done twice!

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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2011, 11:29:07 PM »
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Hans,

#2 is magnificent.

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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2011, 10:34:19 AM »
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Hans,

#2 is magnificent.


Yes indeed. If #2 weren't posted, I'd pick several of the others as very special. But #2 stands out in a pretty excellent crowd.

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« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2011, 04:06:18 AM »
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Yes, the Dolomites seem to have a lot to offer when it comes to photography. It's a real shame that there aren't more people shooting them and providing information about where/when for pictures because I think that it needs something like that to get people saying "I want to go there and see that" or "I want to go there and take a photograph like that." And when that happens, you'll see more demand for courses such as those from Hans.

The Dolomites can be rugged and imposing, with trails wandering high up through some of the peeks. They can also be close enough to reach out and touch from one of the many roads that wander through them. In some places the roads combine narrow with steep, making even vehicle choice a challenge.
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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2011, 08:05:02 AM »
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It's a real shame that there aren't more people shooting them and providing information about where/when for pictures because I think that it needs something like that to get people saying "I want to go there and see that" or "I want to go there and take a photograph like that."



A perfect recipe for original thinking, then...

Reminds me of the Kodak 'shoot from here' signs I saw in the States. Madre de Dios, what a flattener. Long may some things stay difficult to exploit and to ape!

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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2011, 01:52:47 PM »
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Yes,

But I may like #4 even more!

Great work!

Best regards
Erik


Hans,

#2 is magnificent.


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« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2011, 12:37:44 PM »
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Yes indeed. If #2 weren't posted, I'd pick several of the others as very special. But #2 stands out in a pretty excellent crowd.

Yes. Inspirational, all of them.
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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2011, 04:52:09 PM »
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Thanks everyone. I have just come back from Tuscany leading a new workshop there and Abruzzo just before that, so it has been a busy autumn Smiley

Although the Dolomites are really an amazing place, I love equally Abruzzo and Tuscany. Both are remarkable in that there are many more possibilities to look for the exact compositions where in the Dolomites one is often constrained by trees and roads where you can't stop etc. although getting high enough one can move more freely in the Dolomites as long as one does not fall off the cliffs Wink

Ok, a few more from the Dolomites....







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« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2011, 03:09:52 AM »
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Three lovely shots, plus one that breaks the sequence; far better to dump that - it's just a technically excellent record shot, a Kodak moment.

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« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2011, 03:57:17 AM »
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…Ok, a few more from the Dolomites....


Hans,
The first three shots are beautiful and very nice additions to your Dolomites collections. But the last one (B/W) is stunning, breathtaking. Those wind-swept ridges send chills down my spine. The B/W treatment is perfect here.
Good job and thanks for sharing your images.
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« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2011, 08:25:33 PM »
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Although the Dolomites are really an amazing place, I love equally Abruzzo and Tuscany. Both are remarkable in that there are many more possibilities to look for the exact compositions where in the Dolomites one is often constrained by trees and roads where you can't stop etc. although getting high enough one can move more freely in the Dolomites as long as one does not fall off the cliffs Wink

There are a *lot* of walking trails through the Dolomites plus chairlifts in various parts as well. With lodges/huts in various places throughout, I'm sure there is a lot of opportunity there, waiting... limiting oneself to where it is possible to drive to (or get there within 5 minutes) would be rather limiting for the Dolomites.

As to the pictures...

The first looks like you are shooting to the north at sunrise, looking at Heiligkreuzkofel/Sasso Di Santa Croce - from somewhere in the vicinity of San Cassiano? I hiked up the ridge at Lago Fedaia and could look out over the valley towards that ... the view was impressive, the photos, not nearly so (it was far enough from the car that staying there until sunset wasn't going to be safe without a head lamp...) but then it may be better in the morning like you've got... not to mention closer...

The third looks familiar but I can't quite place it - close to one of the passes?

The 2nd and 4th are unrecognisable as being from any specific place that I can recall...

Someone needs to send Miles Hecker over to do one of those PDF document things that illustrates view vs time/where..
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« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2011, 04:11:56 AM »
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Regarding using chairlifts etc. the problem is that they are not open at sunrise and they close well before the good light at the end of the day, so they are pretty much ruled out for me. I drive around in the Dolomites and I trek from where I can go to by car. During workshops we as a group cannot go far from the cars since we typically will have people attending that are not capable of walking longer distances in the altitudes we are at. So that was basically what my comment was about. I agree there are amazing places that are well worth a trek.

The first two pictures are examples of such. It is a 30-40 minute walk up from Passo Fedaia to Passo Padon. There is a chair lift but it is not operational in the summer and (of course) not in the very early mornings when it is best from there. The last two if the first series were also shot from there. The one with the layers and colors of the sky was on the way up in a particular spot where the lines of the distant mountains are aligned in the way where you see the layers and the depth. The two pictures from the last batch of 4 the first was shot to the north from Passo Padon and the second was shot towards the south. The third with the couple was shot at the base of Drei Zinnen about 45-60 minutes trek from where you can drive up. The distant house is very small on the pictures which are downscaled by the LuLa forum from the original picture linked to. This is a pity since it does not represent the picture as intended. See it here http://hanskrusephotography.zenfolio.com/p888991795/h17b7c54f#h17b7c54f
The last picture was taken to the left of Langkopfel from Passo Sella on the last day when snow had arrived the day before.

But I think the other mountain area that I like very much in Italy, Abruzzo, is vastly underestimated. It is a wonderful place to visit with a camera Smiley

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