Day 1/5

Croda Rossa

This is the first time that I take my photo gear with me on a skiing trip. Because I’m in the middle of the Dolomites, there is a fair chance for good photographs during late afternoon. The plan is to go out for photos every day directly after skiing.

The first mountain I have in mind is the Croda Rossa, a prominent summit with bright red colored layers of rock. That red color is caused by iron deposits, in other words rust. Croda Rossa is very photogenic under the right lighting conditions and I have photographed her about 7 years ago. The first time was in the middle of the day when I was looking for the best photo location. The light was quite cool at the time, but that didn’t affect the photos in a negative way.

Croda Rossa
Croda Rossa
Croda Rossa

I did notice though that this is a morning location and not an evening location. When I had found the proper location, I returned the next morning in darkness and that truly delivered!

Croda Rossa
Croda Rossa
Croda Rossa
Croda Rossa
Croda Rossa

Now with better equipment I would like to try and improve on these early photographs.

It’s very clouded now, but I do want to try though. Driving to Cortina will take about three quarters of an hour and then I have to go north. It wouldn’t be the first time that the sky breaks open unexpectedly or that the weather is much better a couple of valleys from here. Sadly, I can’t remember the location I have been last time, but I think I will be able to find it while driving. That’s the same way I found it the first time.

From San Cassiano, a small skiing village, I drive via Passo Valparola and Passo Falzarego to Cortina d’Ampezzo. I do seem to recognize the area in general but can’t remember the details. I must have been driving several time here before. In Cortina I continue north. I must be there almost, but chances for photos have become slim. The cloudbase has lowered even further and I think that the summit will not be visible. A bit in doubt, I continue somewhat, but there is indeed nothing to be seen. It’s getting visibly darker as well. Today I’m done so it seems. Have to try again tomorrow. It’s a waste of time in hindside, but better to miss a photo because of the weather than because I have not tried. Now I have to drive back for 1:15 hours pfft.

Past Cortina I continue west through the mountains back to San Cassiano, when I notice a mountain range lighting up on my left. Is that another possibility after all? I remember from last time that I have gone that was as well once. I return to Cortina and continue south. While driving I see a couple of nice views but I can’t find a good location. Once, I park the car but I can’t get a good composition form here as I’m practically standing at the base of the mountain. The light is leaving as well and there’s nothing left than to return and try again tomorrow.

Maps, Charts & Downloads

GPS Map with color coded altitude information

Color coded distance/altitude chart

Color coded distance/altitude chart, Dolomites Winter 2015, Day 1

Download the original gpx file here.

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