Photo of the week – Italian Dolomites

We like to highlight a photo every week that sometimes is a recent image I shot and i’ll include some tech details about the shot and the creative vision behind it. But sometimes I like to get you all involved and will normally send out a tweet and facebook post for submissions of a reader photo of the week. This week I want to highlight a photo sent in from Roberta Prendin, a striking image of the Italian Dolomites. What really caught my eye when she sent this over was the contrast of light on the green fields in the mountain. The mix of light and dark cast on the mountain from the clouds really create an interesting dimension to the image which makes your eye explore all around the shot. Thanks Roberta for sending this in! Here is a little bit of information from her about the image:

This photo comes with a bit of a story. It was the first time I visited that particular area of the Italian dolomites so I was a bit lost: I knew there was a small mountain lake near Valparola Pass but I couldn’t seem to find it. My boyfriend and I walked back and forth for at least thirty minutes before realizing the lake was literally under our noses! So this is my tip for landscape photographers with little knowledge of the place where they are: don’t give up, keep searching and you’ll find what you look for. Or buy a gps like we did the year after! 😉

Kidding aside, when we actually got to the lake I was overwhelmed: too many things to shoot! So I decided to take a few (better, a dozen) steps back and try to capture the whole scenery in a single shot, focusing more on the mountains on the background than on the lake itself. I used a Nikon D80 with a bundle lens, a Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 VR at 18mm, exposure 1/250sec, aperture f/9.0, 100 iso. Not the fanciest equipment but it works fine for me… and, more importantly, it doesn’t weigh too much – which is a “must” if you have to hike for hours through mountain terrain. As for the post-production, I didn’t do much: I simply tried to enhance natural light by adding a little bit of contrast, and lowering the exposure.

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I’m Roberta Prendin, 22-year-old amateur photographer and philosophy student from Venice, Italy. For other photos, take a look here:

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Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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