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Gran Sasso sunrise, Abruzzo, Italy by Massimo D’Ambrosio

This is a tipical view of the Corno Grande, the highest peak of the Appennini mountains in Italy. Located in the “Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga” National Park, the Corno Grande is clearly visible from almost the entire Campo Imperatore highland and from the Adriatic coast. This shot was taken from Rocca Calascio, on the ridge where the famous fortress stands. The initial planning did not include this shot but to retract the fortress backlit after sunrise, but immediately after arriving at the spot, I noticed the presence of high altitude clouds above the top of the Corno Grande. The absence of low clouds cover at the east, in direction on the rising sun, encouraged me to opt for this composition. The arrangement of the clouds around the peak helped me to compose the shot. I preferred a vertical orientation with the peak in the middle, framed by high clouds. I wanted to include the foreground with the highland and the trees to create leading lines and depth in the image. It was not easy to shoot with the telephoto lens, the wind was strong enough to create blur. So I opted to increase the ISO and not to polarize the light on the peak to shoot with an adequate shutter speed. It's a shot I was looking for a long time.


Camera Canon 6D
Lens Canon 70-200mm f/4L
Aperture f/5.6
S/S 1/125sec
ISO 400
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