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Mountain Sunrise, Dolomites, Italy by Mark Price

The Mountains above the Passo Falzarego in the Dolomites are hugely appealing to me during all of the seasons of the year, but winter is particularly special in my opinion. I stayed overnight in one of the Rifugios in this area during February 2019 with the hope of capturing some panoramic and dramatic images at sunset, and the following morning.

After a good shoot the night before, the cloud was much heavier the next morning, with a fresh layer of snow at this altitude ( 9000ft ) - there was also a fair bit of spindrift kicking around as the wind got up.

As the sun rose to the left of this scene, some really beautiful light was cast across the Cinque Torri, as seen in the centre of this shot. Those set of peaks look tiny here, even though they are 140m high!

The clouds above helped to create a real sense of drama, and by shooting at a longer focal length, I was able to compress the mountains for a look to this image that i'm really pleased with. I used the highlight priority setting on my camera which helped to create a naturally dark feel to the final shot.

Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikon 24-70mm f/2/8
Aperture f/11
S/S 1/250sec
ISO 200
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