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Frank Krahmer - Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy

September 18th, 2009 Posted in Southern Europe, Uncategorized

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My second mission led me to the world famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Sexten Dolomites. My trip was scheduled for for the time around the longest days of the year at the end of june, because only then the northbound towers are enlightened at sunrise and sunset. After a winter with extremely much snow the center of my photographic activities –Tre Cime hut – was opened at june 27th after the access to the hut was free of snow. When the weather report turned to be more favourable for me, I started for Tre Cime on July 1st.


After heading south on the motorways from Munich to Italy I reached the Dolomites town Misurina at late noon. I took the steep and winding toll road from Misurina to Auronzo hut in 2300 m elevantion. With each gained altitude the view around on the Sexten Dolomites opened. What a dramatic mountain scenery on the top and how many tourists who joined my passion for scenery !
I packed only the gear that was essential for a somedays stay in Tre Cime hut, about one and a half hours walking away. After half way on Paternsattel I enjoyed a  spectacular sight around towards the north to the dramatic peaks of Dreischusterspitze and towards the south to Zwölferkogel. Now I was just at the base of the Tre Cime and after a short walk downhill the typical skyline of Tre Cime appeared.


After checking in at Tre Cime hut I was ready to wait what will come in the next days.The essential factor in the mountains is the weather, which decides on all photographic activities. At that time a constant low weather system settled at the East Alpes and a high at the West Alpes. Additionally Germany in the north was affected by an unusual humid and hot period and Italy had normal hot weather. So the Tre Cime were just at the edge of these weather systems and I was wondering what will come. Will I have the chance to get the famous walls lit at sunrise and sunset ? Will it change to the good or to the bad ?

The next days were completely unpredictable. Times of pure blue skies turned to  dramatic threatening clouds, which covered everything and brought heavy rains. It was a coming and going all the time and I couldn’t rely on any predictions. So I was outside all the time and watched the everchanging skies, always searching for interesting locations with nice foreground subjects to combine with the peaks in the background.


In the end I had only one chance for a nice sunrise with the mountain scenery veiled in warm light, which I used for photographing Tre Cime from the base of Paternkofel, the dramatic peak east of Tre Cime.

Sometimes Tre Cime disappeared completey from any sight while surrounded by low clouds, only to appear as suddenly again after a short time. Light waves and shadowes run over the steep walls of the surrounding mountains when the clouds made their way over the skies. By using extensively my fisheye lens I was able to get all the dramatic cloud and mountain sceneries on one image.


One of my goals was to get an image of the Tre Cime as reflection in a pond, which was forecasted by colleagues as very difficult, but not impossible in this year due to the much snow that had to melt. Unfortunately the pond just besides the hut was dry and no other was to be found. Luckily on the last day I found a one squaremeter small puddle and there was no wind. After crawling flately almost into the water I was able to get a very nice image of the peaks with reflections in the water with a wideangle lens. This was the end of a successful and exciting trip to the heart of the Dolomites though the weather was not really on my side. But it is sure that I will return to this exciting location !

Frank Krahmer / Wild Wonders of Europe


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  1. 3 Responses to “Frank Krahmer - Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy”

  2. By Giacomo De Donà on Sep 18, 2009

    Hello, i live near Tre Cime di Lavaredo and i want to make congratulations to Frank for the good work in that place, is not easy to make good photographs in summer, usaully autumn is the best season to get there, thank you to you and wild wonders to have chosen Dolomites Mountains…
    good luck for everything…

  3. By David on Sep 20, 2009

    Very Nice Frank! The Dolomies, & the Tre Cime is one of the most beauty places I’ve ever been. See this images again just makes me want to return to this magic landscapes.
    See you in the field!

  4. By Roberto on Sep 21, 2009

    Great job Frank !

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