Dolomites. Italy, Photography Workshop, October 2019


5th – 11th Oct 2019

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The Dolomites in Italy is a location that I have longed to visit for a number of years now. The mountains tower at almost 11,000ft over some of the most impressive and beautiful scenery in Europe. The jagged peaks, alpine hills, wooden huts and the gorgeous lakes that offer up some amazing reflections of the mountains that dominate the region. Add into the mix the stunning changing of the colours as autumn takes hold and you have a recipe for a fantastic week’s landscape photography.

This seven day, six night landscape photography workshop is a wonderful opportunity to discover the stunning scenery of the Italian Dolomites during the changing of the colour in the height of the autumn season. Our accommodation consists of two bases, both three nights each in Cortina d’Ampezzo followed by Ortesei.


Day 1 – Saturday 5th October 2019
Marco Polo Airport Venice, Tre Cime da Lavaredo, Cortina d’Ampezzo
I land into Marco Polo Airport in Venice at 10.30am, collect the nine seater Mercedes Vito minibus (so plenty of space) and collect the six workshop attendees at 12pm from the airport before heading to Cortina d’Ampezzo. After check in, we will head out for a sunset shoot capturing the peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo before retiring for the evening over a good meal.

Rifugio Locatelli, Tre Cime di Laveredo, Dolomites, Italy
Rifugio Locatelli, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Dolomites, Italy

Day 2 – Sunday 6th October 2019
Lago di Braies, Lago di Landro, Misurina, Tre Cime di Lavaredo
The day starts with a visit to the utterly gorgeous views of Lago di Braies, the iconic lake complete with the wooden steps down into the water and possibly boats present too. Late morning will be spent admiring the view of Lago di Landro with the wonderful reflections of Monte Cristallo.

Lunch will be taken at Misurina after which the full afternoon will be spent taking in the outstanding and breathtaking views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo as we embark on the six mile long track that loops around the base of the 10,000ft Lavaredo. Sunset will be enjoyed before walking back to the minibus and returning to our accommodation.

Lago di Braies, South Tyrol, Dolomites, Italy
Lago di Braies, South Tyrol, Dolomites, Italy
Lago di Braies, South Tyrol, Dolomites, Italy
Lago di Braies, South Tyrol, Dolomites, Italy

Day 3 – Monday 7th October 2019
Lago Misurina, Lago Ghedina, Lago Antorno, Malga Ra Stua
Sunrise shoot at Lago Misurina to capture the reflections of the Tre Cime peaks in the still water. Back to our accommodation for a well deserved breakfast followed by visits to a couple of lakes, Lago Ghedina and Lago Antorno with a couple of hours spent at the falls of Malga Ra Stua early afternoon. Today is a water themed day, either lakes or rivers and waterfalls.

Lago di Antorno, Tre Cime National Park, Dolomites, Italy
Lago di Antorno, Tre Cime National Park, Dolomites, Italy

Day 4 – Tuesday 8th October 2019
Passo Giau, Passo Falzarego Church, Val di Funes, St Johann Church
We will be up early to drive the 30 minute journey to the high mountain pass of Passo Giau where a glorious sunrise beckons (hopefully). A couple of hours enjoying the mountainous scenery as the sun rises and illuminate the peaks of Ra Gusela and the Tofane. Back to our accommodation for breakfast and check out before heading west to the Passo Falzarego Church which nestles at the base of the 8,000ft Sass di Stria mountain.

After our desire to photograph the quaint small mountainside church, we venture onto our our hotel in Ortisei, a ninety minute drive westwards. After check in, we will take the 35 minute drive north to the gorgeous Val di Funes region where a sunset date with the beautiful St Johann Church awaits. The scenery here is breathtaking (which is a word you will here me use quite a lot). After sunset, back to the hotel for a four course evening meal, and a recount of the most memorable stories of the day.

St Johann Church, Ranui, Val di Funes, Dolomites, Italy
St Johann Church, Ranui, Val di Funes, Dolomites, Italy

Day 5 – Wednesday 9th October 2019
Alpe di Siusi
Day five starts with a hearty breakfast in the hotel before taking the ten minute walk to the Gondola station in Ortisei. A ten minute ride up in the gondola followed by a brief journey down into Europe’s largest high-alpine meadow, Alpe di Siusi, where we will spend the entire day wandering around at our leisure photographing the glorious sights of the rolling hills, quaint wooden huts and the dramatic backdrop the Sassolungo mountain. To finish the day another fine dining evening at the hotel.

Sassolungo Range, Alpe di Siusi, Dolomites, Italy, Melvin Nicholson Photography
Sassolungo Range, Alpe di Siusi, Dolomites, Italy, Melvin Nicholson Photography

Day 6  – Thursday 10th October 2019
Val di Funes, St Johann Church, St Magdalena
Today’s venture is a return visit to the Val di Funes area with a possible visit to the Seceda mountain range via the gondola first thing. The aim is to master the ever changing light in these wonderful and beautiful valleys while aiming to capture some sun dappled mountain tops and the enchanting green rolling hills with the most colourful autumnal colours all around us.

Val di Funes, Dolomites, Italy
Val di Funes, Dolomites, Italy

Day 7 – Friday 11th October 2019
Marco Polo Airport, Venice
Early check out at the hotel this morning to arrive at Marco Polo Airport for 9.30am followed by the flight home to reflect on what will be a trip of a lifetime. If you have always promised yourself a photography holiday of a lifetime, this one will take some beating. I hope you can join me.

Flights are not included in the workshop price and cost is around £200 from Manchester to Marco Polo Airport in Venice including a 10kg cabin and 22kg hold luggage allowance.

I am flying with and I shall arrive in Venice two days before the workshop starts to allow me time to photograph a couple of locations in the floating city. My flight details are below.

I will collect all six workshop participants at 12pm from Marco Polo Airport on Saturday 5th October 2019

Our mode of transport for this tour is a new nine-seater minibus hired directly from Marco Polo airport in Venice. This will ensure that there is plenty of space for us all including luggage, clothing and camera equipment.

There are just two bases on this tour, both for a period of three nights each, one of them in Cortina d’Ampezzo and the second one in Ortisei. You will have a double room en-suite (single occupancy) in both bases.

Images courtesy of Robin Köhler Photography