A Day in the Life of Mountains

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During Christman Holidays I had the opportunity to take pictures of mountains at almost every time of the day – and that’s what I did! This set of pictures captures one virtual day in the life of some mountains in the Dolomites in South Tirol, Italy. The Dolomites are part of the southern range of the alps with  their highest peak at the Marmolata at 3,343m. The second picture of the set actually shows another one of the highest peaks of the Dolomites, the Hohe Gaisl at 3,148m, located atop the beautiful Plätzwiese, a high plateau and destination to go hiking, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, snowshoeing, or just to enjoy the sun, the scenic view and the silence. You can find more shots that I took at the Plätzwiese in two more galleries, both addressing specific winter topics: ice and snow. The other pictures were taken on and around the Kronplatz, one of the best skiing areas in Italy for downhill skiing (actually voted “Best Ski Resort 2012” in Italy), where we stayed at a hotel. Some pictures were taken during the day while skiing – although it doesn’t look steep on the picture, the second image shows one of the steepest slopes at the Kronplatz! The other pictures were taken from the balcony of my room or the terrace of the hotel, during the morning, afternoon, and also during the night! One difficult thing when taking pictures in the mountains is to actually fit everything onto the sensor of your camera which is often not possible in a single shot. That’s why I decided to pass on to panoramic photography, one of my favourite shooting techniques these days! All pictures in this set – except the last three ones – are stitched together from up to ten images using the fabulous photo stitching software Hugin (after being processed individually in Adobe Lightroom). The shots were taken with three different lenses, the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 and the EF-S 60mm f/2.8.

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