Photo Study of my Favorite Dolomite Mountains

My love of Alpe di Siusi in the Dolomites through the seasons, all hours of the day

By Massimiliano Fulgosi – follow Massimiliano on Instagram @massimiliano_fulgosi

I first fell in love with the Dolomites about 10 years ago. That love affair continues to this day.

Although I’m not local and live about 350 km away, I get into the mountains as often as I can. This is my “happy place”, where I can walk, hike, breathe in the mountain air, far from day-to-day stresses.

Autumn sunset on Sasso Piatto and Sasso-Lungo in Italy’s Dolomites.

Autumn sunset on Sasso Piatto and Sasso-Lungo

When I first came here, I wasn’t yet serious about photography. I had a small camera and took photos like everyone else, just to remember my trip.

But that all changed in 2015 when I bought a Sony a5100. Today, I shoot with a Sony a7r II.

Wintery autumn sunset on Sasso Piatto and Sasso-Lungo in Italy’s Dolomites

Wintery autumn sunset on Sasso Piatto and Sasso-Lungo

A Focus on Alpe di Siusi in the South Tyrol Province

This region in the south-east Dolomites is very popular with skiers in the winter and hikers the rest of the year. It’s easy to see why.

Alpe di Siusi, the focus of this photographic study, is a plateau and the largest high-altitude alpine meadow in the Dolomites.

Dramatic winter morning fog at Sciliar and Punta Santner in Italy’s Dolomites

Dramatic winter morning fog at Sciliar and Punta Santner

The main peaks include Sasso Piatto and Sasso Lungo in the north east, the Sciiliar massif in the south east, and Seceda and Val Gardena to the north in the distance.

First light on Sasso Piatto and Sasso Lungo in Italy’s Dolomites

First light on Sasso Piatto and Sasso Lungo

Hiking in the Dolomites is Half the Fun

In the nearby villages, you’ll find many hotels ranging from three to five stars. A word of warning, this is a very popular tourist region and hotels are not cheap. However, they are very comfortable, and the food is wonderful.

So, be sure to get a reservation early, preferably at a hotel that is close to where you want to shoot. On my last trip, I had a hotel that was an easy 25-minute hike to some of my favorite locations.

Early light on a spring day on Sasso Piatto and Sasso Lungo in Italy’s Dolomites

Early light on a spring day on Sasso Piatto and Sasso Lungo

For me, there is no other experience as spectacular as walking in the pre-dawn through mountain meadows to get to my first sunrise shots.

And because you can easily get far away from artificial light, this is also a perfect location for sunset, blue hour and astro photography.

Autumn morning with a mountain hut at Seceda in Italy’s Dolomites

Autumn morning with a mountain hut at Seceda

Plan to Stay in Alpe di Siusi for at Least Two or Three Days

There is so much to photograph, so many different compositions and perspectives, that for me, the minimum here is two or three days. Even then, I’m already planning my next visit.

Usually, I wake up about 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. (depending on the season) and hike and photograph all day starting with sunrise, working right through the day into sunset. Some nights, I’ll stay up to shoot the mountains and stars. You haven’t seen a starlit night until you’ve been here!

Autumn moonlight at Sasso Piatto and Sasso Lungo in Italy’s Dolomites

Autumn moonlight at Sasso Piatto and Sasso Lungo

After the Dolomites, Photograph the Rest of Italy!

For now, shooting the Dolomite mountains is my favorite subject. But of course, in Italy, you’ll find spectacular compositions to shoot from the north to the very south.

I like photographing the beautiful Tuscany hills, Val d’Orcia, the incredible panoramas of Cinque Terre and the coast of Liguria on the Ligurian Sea.

With a beautiful country to explore, I don’t think I’ll run out of subjects any time soon.

Winter sunset at Sasso Piatto and Sasso Lungo in Italy’s Dolomites

Winter sunset at Sasso Piatto and Sasso Lungo

Winter morning at Sciliar and Punta Santner in Italy’s Dolomites

Winter morning at Sciliar and Punta Santner

Massimiliano Fulgosi

Massimiliano Fulgosi has been photographing the Dolomites and other popular locations in Italy since 2015. When he’s not out shooting, Massimiliano operates a graphic design studio/laboratory with a diverse roster of business clients. For many years, he worked predominantly in the motosport world, including a long and successful collaboration with 6-time world champion Max Biaggi. Massimiliano has also put his signature on several important MotoGP, Moto2 and Superbike motorcycles and teams.

Massimiliano Fulgosi

Massimiliano Fulgosi has been photographing the Dolomites and other popular locations in Italy since 2015. When he’s not out shooting, Massimiliano operates a graphic design studio/laboratory with a diverse roster of business clients. For many years, he worked predominantly in the motosport world, including a long and successful collaboration with 6-time world champion Max Biaggi. Massimiliano has also put his signature on several important MotoGP, Moto2 and Superbike motorcycles and teams.

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