The beauty of the Tre Cime

The beauty of the Tre Cime

A couple of weeks either side of solstice the sun sets on the Tre Cime north faces themselves. This was the 4th attempt at this shot when finally there was a good sunset.

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Walking under the stars...

Walking under the stars...

A night time walk to the lone tree on Longridge Fell, Lancashire. The light trail was achieved with a blue LED hand-held torch and some careful waving.

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Lynne Hempton climbing Via Myriam

Lynne Hempton climbing Via Myriam

This is the classic route on Cima Grande at Cinque Torri, in the Italian Dolomites. Lastoni di Formin and the ridge of Croda da Lago can clearly be seen in the background.

Climber: Lynne Hempton

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The Marmolada by Night

The Marmolada by Night

The Marmolada is the highest peak in the Dolomites at 3343m. This particular shot is taken looking at the North-West side of Gran Vernal. There is very little light pollution here and with a new moon you get a spectacular view of the milky way.

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Contemplating the jump turn

Contemplating the jump turn

Appreciating the perfect line that is the Canale Sass de Forcia in the Italian Dolomites.

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Last light at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Last light at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo

A couple of weeks either side of solstice the sun sets on the Tre Cime north faces themselves. This particular evening I didn't think I was going to get anything due to heavy clouds in the west. However just at the sun was setting the sun came through perfectly illuminating the towers.

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Tre Cime Reflections

Tre Cime Reflections

Following the storm there was some beautiful evening light on the Tre Cime south faces. Here the reflection has been captured in Lago di Antorno.

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Climbing Spada nella Roccia

Climbing Spada nella Roccia

Taken in Serrai di Sottoguda in the Italian Dolomites.

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An unusual perspective on Lake Garda

An unusual perspective on Lake Garda

This photo was taken above Lake Garda on the Via dell’Amicizia (Friendship Route), an excellent via ferrata. The route is sometimes also called the 'Via del Centenario Sat’. The ladders climb an 850m high wall that is very steep, several of the ladders are just over 70m high and have over 100 rungs.

Climber: Lynne Hempton

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A night time ascent of Torre Quarta

A night time ascent of Torre Quarta

This is a single 45 minute exposure of Patrick Deacon (orange and white) and Lynne Hempton (green and white) climbing the normal route of Torre Quatro at Cinque Torri in the Italian Dolomites. Tofana di Rozes can be seen in the background underneath the north star.

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Ice, ice baby

Ice, ice baby

A long exposure of some superb ice stalactites that had been neatly cut off by the stream flowing through Serrai di Sottoguda.

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Climbing at the Tre Frati

Climbing at the Tre Frati

Climbing in Finale Ligure at the Tre Frati. Finale has seen a recent recovery in climbing tourism and is very much on the rise again. The area is also famous for its beautiful coast and downhill mountain biking.

Climbers: Alan James

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Back to nature

Back to nature

Taken behind a remote fall in the Italian Dolomites.

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Cinque Torri Panorama

Cinque Torri Panorama

The five towers perched on their pedestal above the Falzarego Pass in the Italian Dolomites are a sight to behold. The open air war museum there is a stark reminder of the terrible events that took place there during the First World War despite looking so idyllic today. This shot was taken at 6:30am as the sun was coming up, with a lovely cloud inversion down in the valley. The Lagazuoi and Tofana di Rozes can be seen in the background.

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Mary's Shell Long Exposure

Mary's Shell Long Exposure

This was a 40 minute exposure of Mary’s Shell, a fantastic sculpture located on Cleveleys Beach in Lancashire. The shell is 8m long, 4m tall and weighs 16.5 tonnes. The sculpture is part of the 'mythic artwork trail' and is one of several superb sculptures based on the 'Sea Swallow' children's story book.

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A story of three...

A story of three...

Taken on a superb winter ski tour around the Tre Cime in the Italian Dolomites. Despite been very busy in the summer the area is almost completely deserted in the winter allowing you to fully appreciate the spectacular scenery in solitude. The central tower, Cima Grande is one of the classic six alpine north faces and is highly coveted during the summer months.

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Early morning light in the Auronzo Valley

Early morning light in the Auronzo Valley

This shot was taken from the Auronzo Rifugio with some beautiful dawn light coming up the Auronzo valley as the sun rose. Some excellent views to be had towards Austria and the Cadini di Misurina. 

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Racing the storm

Racing the storm

Here Martin Mckenna is racing the afternoon storm at the Erboristeria sports crag in Finale Ligure. The Val Pennavaire is becoming increasingly popular for climbing and offers some excellent rock in superb situations. The local villages and dense vegetation make for excellent backdrops.

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Dolomites dreaming...

Dolomites dreaming...

Taken at the beautiful Lago di Antorno beneath the south faces of the Tre Cime di Laverado in the Italian Dolomites.

Model - Lynne Hempton

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The singing ringing tree

The singing ringing tree

Are you, are you, coming to the tree? They strung up a man, they said who murdered three'. This 'singing ringing tree' is a superb sculpture above Burnley in Lancashire. The various tubes and pipes create a musical (wailing!) effect as the air blows through them which is always changing depending on the direction and strength of the wind. It's a strange place for a night shoot as it creates eerie sounds (and it's always windy). Taken in the autumn just after light snowfall.

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Streams converge

Streams converge

Taken in the Italian Dolomites after a period of heavy rain. Several streams converged to create a beautiful little waterfall, flowing over the lush green vegetation.

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Lady Slipper

Lady Slipper

Here the rare Lady Slipper Orchid can be seen up close. The name calceolus derives from the Latin for 'shoe', and refers to the slipper like appearance of the pouch. Here the flower was partially lit creating some beautiful light on the surrounding petals. Taken with a Nikon 105mm Micro.

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Making the reach

Making the reach

Taken as part of the upcoming Rockfax Finale Ligure guidebook. 

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El Capricho de Gaudí

El Capricho de Gaudí

This beautiful house built in Comillas was designed for the wealthy business man Máximo Diaz de Quijano, who unfortunately died shortly after its completion.

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Late evening at Sassolungo

Late evening at Sassolungo

Taken at Sassolungo just after an amazing thunderstorm in the Italian Dolomites. The small church there is particularly photogenic, providing a spectacular foreground to the three peaks, formerly a coral reef where the modern day Bahamas is located. Sasso Piatto, the left-hand of the three peaks has recently suffered a major rockfall on the south side, the scar is not visible at night however. The church is nicely light from a nearby refugee off frame to the right.

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Ice climbing above Colfosco

Ice climbing above Colfosco

Taken on La Spada di Damocles above the village of Colfosco in the Italian Dolomites. This is the start of the 3rd pitch leaving the characteristic ice cave.

Climber: Francesco Cappellari

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Rifugio Locatelli

Rifugio Locatelli

Painting with light at Rifugio Locatelli in front of the Tre Cime North Faces. The rifugio is fantastically situated and an overnight stay is definitely recommended to anyone staying in the area. One of my favourite places in the Italian Dolomites, especially in the evening when the light is incredible.

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Escaping winter's grasp

Escaping winter's grasp

Taken in the Italian Dolomites during a warm period. This beautiful little stream had some intricate and fascinating ice formations as the snow melted and the stream began to flow again. 

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Tre Cime South Faces in Winter

Tre Cime South Faces in Winter

This was the result of a very cold but beautiful night spent up at the Tre Cime during the middle of winter, with a very pleasant ski descent in the morning.

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Teetering up the slab

Teetering up the slab

Delicate climbing at Placca di Mu in Finale Ligure. 

Climber: Lynne Hempton

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The storm comes to Dito di Dio

The storm comes to Dito di Dio

The storm comes to Dito di Dio (Finger of God), underneath the Sorapis Group in the Italian Dolomites.

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Lago di Sorapiss

Lago di Sorapiss

A story of two halves... Taken on a beautiful evening at Lago di Sorapiss. The vibrant blue of the water contrasts really well with the orange of the sunset.

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Canale Sass de Forcia

Canale Sass de Forcia

Appreciating the perfect line that is the Canale Sass de Forcia in the Italian Dolomites.

Skier: George Nunn.

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The world turns of the Passo Giau

The world turns of the Passo Giau

A single 35 minute exposure taken on the Passo Giau in the Italian Dolomites. Tofana can be seen in the background. The orange glow isn't the setting sun but light pollution from the nearby town of Cortina.

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Sport climbing in the Dolomites

Sport climbing in the Dolomites

Sport climbing at Frea with views of Sassolungo and the Val Gardena.

Climbers: Lynne Hempton

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Tre Cime by Night

Tre Cime by Night

Taken at the Tre Cime in the Italian Dolomites just before midnight. The central tower, Cima Grande is one of the classic six alpine north faces and is highly coveted during the summer months. Here we can see Cima Ovest on the right, Cima Grande in the middle and Cima Piccola on the left. This was a single medium length exposure capturing the moving clouds above the towers, creating the 'halo effect'.

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Down hilling

Down hilling

Taken as part of the Super Enduro series in Finale Ligure. 

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Alpi di Siusi light play

Alpi di Siusi light play

Alpi di Siusi (Seiser Alm) is Europes highest mountain plateau and provides spectacular views of Sassolungo. Here there was some superb light been created as the thunderstorm approached. The area is particularly famous for its wild flowers which are just starting to come out. The pastureland is dotted with very photogenic little huts that provide excellent foregrounds to the mountain backdrop.

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Serrai di Sottoguda

Serrai di Sottoguda

Taken in early winter as the ice starts to take hold in the beautiful Sottoguda gorge.

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Dusk in paradise

Dusk in paradise

Taken on a beautifully still evening in the Dolomites. This idyllic spot provided the inspiration for the Italian TV series 'Un passo dal cielo'. The lighting to the right of the frame is from the nearby rifugio.

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Boathouse steps

Boathouse steps

Taken on a beautifully still afternoon in the Dolomites. This idyllic spot provided the inspiration for the Italian TV series 'Un passo dal cielo' and is idyllic in every sense.

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Climbing at Cinque Torri

Climbing at Cinque Torri

A 'selfie' taken with a remote timer and tripod at Cinque Torri in the Italian Dolomites. Some superb rock routes to be found here, with great views of Tofana di Rozes and area surrounding Cortina.

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Mary's Shell

Mary's Shell

This was a long exposure of Mary’s Shell, a fantastic sculpture located on Cleveleys Beach in Lancashire. The shell is 8m long, 4m tall and weighs 16.5 tonnes. The sculpture is part of the 'mythic artwork trail' and is one of several superb sculptures based on the 'Sea Swallow' children's story book.

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Tre Cime symmetry

Tre Cime symmetry

Following the storm there was some beautiful evening light on the Tre Cime south faces. Here the reflection has been captured in Lago di Antorno.

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Little boy blue

Little boy blue

Taken hand held at 540mm in the Italian Dolomites.

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Via Ferrata Punta Eterna

Via Ferrata Punta Eterna

Taken nearing the top of Via Ferrata Punta Eterna in the Italian Dolomites. The route has recently been re-equipped and now provides a superb route up the slabs of Punta Serauta to the mid station on the Marmolada (3343m). Here the Sella and Lago Fedaia can be seen in the background.

Climber: Lynne Hempton

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Tree skiing in the Dolomites

Tree skiing in the Dolomites

Beth Lloyd enjoying deep snow in the Italian Dolomites.

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Midnight at Lago di Limedes

Midnight at Lago di Limedes

Taken whilst watching the Perseid meteor shower this is a 45 minute exposure at Lago di Limedes with the Lagazuoi, Col dei Bois, and Tofana di Rozes visible in the background. 

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Last light on Lastoni di Formin

Last light on Lastoni di Formin

Autumn on the Passo Giau in the Dolomites.

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The weather closes on Tofana di Rozes

The weather closes on Tofana di Rozes

This beautiful line of peaks as seen from the Gardena Pass, looking towards Cortina. Tofana di Rozes, the largest peak in the Dolomites is particularly impressive, presenting a huge shield or rock when viewed from the north.

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Alpenrose at Cinque Torri

Alpenrose at Cinque Torri

Taken during the spring at the famous 5 towers of Cinque Torri above Cortina in the Italian Dolomites.

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Skitouring at the Tre Cime

Skitouring at the Tre Cime

Taken on a superb winter ski tour around the Tre Cime in the Italian Dolomites. Despite being very busy in the summer the area is almost completely deserted in the winter allowing you to fully appreciate the spectacular scenery in solitude. The central tower, Cima Grande is one of the classic six alpine north faces and is highly coveted during the summer months.

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Monte Civetta and Col di Lana

Monte Civetta and Col di Lana

Last light on the North Face of Monte Civetta and Col di Lana, taken from Rifugio Lagazuoi.

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Becks lay backing the corner

Becks lay backing the corner

Taken as part of the upcoming Rockfax guidebook to Finale Ligure. 

Climber: Rebecca Hall

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Approaching the summit

Approaching the summit

Ski mountaineers approaching the summit of Tofana di Rozes (3225m) in the Italian Dolomites. 

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Delicate slab climbing in Finale

Delicate slab climbing in Finale

Delicate climbing at Placca di Mu in Finale Ligure. 

Climber: Lynne Hempton

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Walking in the sky

Walking in the sky

A 250m long highline at Monte Piana with views of the Tre Cime in the background. The line was walked on the first day it was set up.

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Sunrise over Sorapiss

Sunrise over Sorapiss

Taken on a beautiful morning with some spectacular cloud inversion covering Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites. Autumn is just arriving creating some lovely colours.

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Dawn came and all was still

Dawn came and all was still

Lago Limides on a very tranquil morning after the first snowfall of the season.

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Cengia di Mattia

Cengia di Mattia

A beautiful remote fall in the Italian Dolomites that looks particularly striking with the autumn colours.

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Sunrise on the Passo Giau

Sunrise on the Passo Giau

A beautiful morning in late autumn as the sun rose just out of shot on the right above Monte Pelmo.

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The edge of the world

The edge of the world

The dramatic peaks of the Geisler / Odle group in the Italian Dolomites.

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Winter is coming...

Winter is coming...

Taken at the beautiful Lago Federa underneath Croda da Lago as the first snow of the season arrives to the Italian Dolomites.

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Star gazing

Star gazing

Taken under the full moon (giving off a ridiculous amount of light) on the top of the Passo Giau in the Italian Dolomites. Reflections of Monte Nuvolau, Tofana di Mezzo.

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Mountain cradle

Mountain cradle

Taken hand held at 540mm on a beautiful Dolomites sunset.

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Playing in the sky again

Playing in the sky again

Battling strong winds at Monte Piana in the Italian Dolomites.

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First light at Lago Federa

First light at Lago Federa

Morning light sets the autumn trees of Lago Federa at Croda da Lago on fire.

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Climbing Cattedrale di Sinistra

Climbing Cattedrale di Sinistra

Taken in Serrai di Sottoguda in the Italian Dolomites.

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Santa Croce and the Fanis

Santa Croce and the Fanis

Santa Croce church at sunset in the Italian Dolomites. 

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Dolomites stargazing

Dolomites stargazing

Taken with the first winter snowfall on the Passo Giau in the Italian Dolomites. The small lake at the top of the pass had just frozen creating a beautiful site from which to view the stars.

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Colle Santa Lucia

Colle Santa Lucia

The beautiful Colle Santa Lucia in the Val Fiorentina with views of Monte Pelmo.

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Pow!

Pow!

Rebecca Beasley enjoying deep snow in the Italian Dolomites.

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Porth Nanven sunset

Porth Nanven sunset

A beautiful sunset at Porth Nanven in Cornwall, UK. The shot required getting everything wet, but it was more than worth it!

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Playing in the Sky

Playing in the Sky

A 250m long highline at Monte Piana with views of the Tre Cime in the background. The line was walked on the first day it was set up.

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Santa Maddalena in the Val di Funes

Santa Maddalena in the Val di Funes

One of may personal favourite views in the Dolomites. The beautiful church of Santa Maddalena in the Val di Funes, Italian Dolomites. Taken during the spring when the grass greened up nicely but there's still snow on the Puez / Odle group. This was the 4th day of waiting for some good light.

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Lost at sea

Lost at sea

A stormy day and overcast day at Saltwick Bay near Whitby on the east coast of England. We were lucky enough to witness a superb and fleeting two minute sunset created by a lucky break in the clouds. Well worth getting the feet wet for!

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Lago Carezza Panorama

Lago Carezza Panorama

A stitch of 6 photos at the beautiful Lago Carezza with views of the Latemar group.

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Into the light

Into the light

A golden eagle swoops into the light ignoring the pouring rain.

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Under the falls

Under the falls

Taken behind a remote fall in the Italian Dolomites.

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Monte Cristallo

Monte Cristallo

A beautiful evenings light on Monte Cristallo in the Italian Dolomites.

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Strada degli Alpini

Strada degli Alpini

Traversing the wild ledges of Strada deli Alpini in the Sexten Dolomites.

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Torre del Sella

Torre del Sella

Some dramatic light on the Sella Towers as the thunderstorm rolls through the Italian Dolomites.

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Dusk on the Sella Pass

Dusk on the Sella Pass

A beautiful evening looking down on the Sella Pass with a magical sunset following a typical Dolomites summer storm.

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Rifugio Locatelli & the Tre Cime di Laverado

Rifugio Locatelli & the Tre Cime di Laverado

I've had this shot in the back of my mind for ages. Fortunately the stars aligned (quite literally) in the early hours of Sunday morning. Mars and Saturn can be seen just right of the milky way, low in the sky. A technically difficult shot with the light from Rifugio Locatelli playing havoc with the highlights.

One of my favourite places in the world that is especially beautiful in the evening when the crowds have gone home.

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Sunrise over the towers of Cinque Torri

Sunrise over the towers of Cinque Torri

I've had this shot in mind for some time, waiting for late in the season when the sun rises further north-east between Sorapiss and Antelao, directly above Cinque Torri.

Putting the D810's impressive shadow detail to the test.

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Sunlight though the trees

Sunlight though the trees

Sometimes it's the simple scenes that are beautiful. Taken in the Auronzo woods looking straight at the sun the morning after the first autumn snows.

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Fanes pool

Fanes pool

A beautiful and remote pool in the Fanes Group of the Italian Dolomites.

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Autumn at Malga ra Stua

Autumn at Malga ra Stua

The colours have just started changing here in the Dolomites as the season draws to a close. Definitely one of my favourite times of year for some stream photography. 

Taken using the superb Breakthrough Photography ND filters.

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Cloud rolls in on the Pordoi Pass

Cloud rolls in on the Pordoi Pass

Cloud rolls in on the Pordoi Pass as climbers descent the Marmolada in the Italian Dolomites.

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Sunrise over Lago Fedaia

Sunrise over Lago Fedaia

Sunrise over Lago Fedaia with views of Pelmo, Civetta and Punta Serauta on the Marmolada.

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Sasso della Croce Panorama

Sasso della Croce Panorama

A 12 photo stitch taken just above Sasso della Croce and Rifugio Santa Croce as the sun rose revealing a beautiful cloud inversion covering the Val Badia below.

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Night on the Passo Rolle

Night on the Passo Rolle

A long exposure on the Passo Rolle above Pale di San Martino.

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Sunrise at Lago Limides

Sunrise at Lago Limides

A spectacular autumn sunrise at Lago Limides with the first rays of light on the south face of Tofana di Rozes.

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Dragonfly in flight

Dragonfly in flight

Who knew dragonflies had such smiley faces? 

Taken with the Nikon 80-400

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Last light on the Vajolet towers

Last light on the Vajolet towers

Sunset as seen from the village of Tires. Taken at 160mm on the 80-400. 

The Vajolet towers are an iconic symbol of the Dolomites, particularly amongst climbers and alpinists. Torre Delago (the right-hand tower pictured here) is particularly famous for its incredibly exposed Piaz Arete.

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Spectacular geology on the Passo Rolle

Spectacular geology on the Passo Rolle

Some superb geology and striations on Crode Rosse whilst descending the Passo Role to Pale di San Martino.

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