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Sunrise at Pale di San Martino, Dolomites, Italy

Spending one morning at Passo Rolle during sunrise, I went around looking for new compositions. I did quite some experiments, but a picture that I like a lot is this one.


In the background, you can see the high plateau Pale die San Martino, between 2.500 and 2.700 meters (around 1.6 miles), where we spent a four day hike. A very rough, moonlike landscape. The two peaks you can see are La Rosetta and Pala di San Martino, and both in very nice morning picture (about 20 minutes after sunrise)


What caught my eye was, of course, how the flowers mirror the shape of La Rosetta. So, I only had to bring it together in a direct relation, compositionally wise, and then I tried different depth of fields with my Sigma 70-200 (at 200 mm) that would hint at the mountains without blurring them too much, but at the same time keeping the obvious focus on the foreground.


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Taken on August 22, 2010