Benji Messmer’s Leica M9 Snaps Feature a Scenic Weekend Roadtrip in the Dolomites

Itching to take your Leica M9 on a road trip? These beautiful travel photos shot by Benji Messmer during a weekend in the Dolomites will make you get even more excited.

Last time we featured Benji Messmer and his Leica M9 snaps from around the world, we had a look at how they remind us of chrome film’s classic look. This time, we place the spotlight on his wanderlust-inducing road trip photos shot in the picturesque Dolomites. If you’ve been thinking of bringing your own Leica M9 on an upcoming trip, prepare to get inspired with this beautiful travel diary.

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Paolo Pettigiani Captures the Stunning Dolomites and Its Surrounds in Infrared

All images by Paolo Pettigiani. Used with Creative Commons permission.

With the breath-taking Dolomites among the most famous subjects and destinations of landscape photographers, it’s not surprising to find a lot of impressive work showcasing it in different ways. We’ve previously seen it rendered in classic black and white, in moody colors, and even set against the Milky Way. The latest in our favorite snaps of the Dolomites is the surreal set by Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani, who gives us a unique, “unseen” view of the stunning peaks in mind-blowing infrared.

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Przemyslaw Kruk’s Captivating Black and White Photos of the Dolomites

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Mountains inspire landscape photographers to tell their story in many ways, as Poraj-based Przemyslaw Kruk shows us in another impressive set of monochrome landscapes. In a previous feature, we’ve seen him showcase the mystic beauty of the snow-capped trails of the Tatra Mountains. This time, he reveals to us the powerful allure photographers like himself are drawn to capture when faced with the Dolomites.

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Andrea Securo Captures the Beauty of Dolomites Against the Milky Way

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The grandeur of the Milky Way on a clear and moonless sky is one of the favorite celestial subjects of landscape photographers and astrophotographers alike. It’s easy to see why, despite the planning and preparation often involved. We see this in the breath-taking snaps taken by Italian photographer and geophysics student Andrea Securo during some nights spent in the Dolomites. Photographing the Milky Way in strategic locations remains on the bucket list of many photographers. Such locations allow us to document the galaxy’s passing along a patch of the night sky without the light pollution and obstructions of the city. Also, the natural formations and silhouettes provide interesting foreground elements that frame the resulting image.

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Andreas Levers Captures Surreal Dolomites Landscapes

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In our previous feature article of Andreas Levers, he showcased a series of surreal conceptual images that looked alien and out of this world. Andreas continues with his surreal theme of images, this time capturing breathtaking mountain landscapes of the Dolomites.

The photo series titled “Südtirol” refers to South Tyrol, a northern Italian province which shares the mountain ranges of the Dolomites with two other provinces, Belluno and Trentino. Due to the natural geological limestone structure, the mountainous formation creates undulating peaks with unique features. Hence the Dolomites were declared as a UNESCO World Hermitage Site. Continue reading…

Andrea Securo: Breathtaking Images of Dolomites

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Photographer Andrea Securo is quite lucky. He’s a geology student that lives by the mountains and that has a great talent for photographing dolomites. I found his work via Behance and was intrigued by his sense of composition, use of contrast, etc. He’s studied the work of many photographers such as Chris Burkard, Sebastian Salgado, Ansel Adams, and more. If he keeps at it, his work may even be up there with those wonderful photographers.

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Javi Lorbada Showcases the Stunning Colors of Mt. Ruapehu

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The mountains often provide a spiritual experience, not only for travelers seeking adventure but also for creatives seeking inspiration. Anyone who has photographed the world’s most breathtaking peaks can attest, as our previous features on the Dolomites, for example, show. The latest to join our favorite photos of dramatic peaks were taken by Madrid-based adventure and travel photographer Javi Lorbada.

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What You Need to Get Started with Milky Way Photography

When it comes to astrophotography subjects like the ever-popular Milky Way, being prepared is key to getting those gorgeous snaps.

The Milky Way is one of the most popular subjects for night photography and astrophotography for obvious reasons. However, it’s not as simple as pointing your camera up to the night sky when the mood strikes; you have to show up 100% prepared. As such, behind every stunning Milky Way photo is some careful planning by the photographer in order to make it happen. Fortunately, there are lots of resources and tutorials to help us prepare for it. Today’s featured video, for example, gives us a quick rundown of what we need to get started.

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Bruno Pisani Explores How Details Reveal the Photographer’s Vision

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Feeling the need for some serious photography inspiration? We’re sure today’s featured series by Italian photographer and videographer Bruno Pisani fits the bill. Aside from being a showcase of moody scenes and stunning details, it’s also a great example of what we can achieve when we work on our creative vision before anything else. If you’re into landscape photography or simply have a fondness for otherworldly imagery, you’re in for a treat!

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Skander Khlif: Laid-Back Travel Scenes from Lago Di Garda

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Everyone into travel photography is in it for documenting the unforgettable moments, places, and faces of our trips. Apart from helping us remember our own personal experiences, travel photography also serves as a perfect opportunity for us to tell compelling visual stories. Munich-based Skander Khlif has been one of our go-to photographers when it comes to beautiful travel stories and everyday city scenes. He reinforces that position with his latest street photography series, shot from his trip to Italy’s famous Lago di Garda.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Astrophotography Guide

If you’re just getting into astrophotography, this 10-tip photography cheat sheet will get you started with photographing the night sky.

By pointing cameras to the night sky, photographers open themselves up to the wonders of the stars and other heavenly bodies. As with any kind of photography, it requires some camera settings to make sure you get the shot at the best results possible. If this sounds like something you need help with, today’s photography cheat sheet is definitely for you.

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Paolo Pettigiani Reveals More of the Maldives in Surreal Infrared

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If surreal landscapes bring you creative inspiration, you’ll be amazed at the infrared photography of Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani. We’ve been keeping tabs on his projects, and we think we found our favorite among all the destinations he has visited so far. The tropical paradise of the Maldives is a natural choice, especially when given his “Infraland” treatment. While the previous installment gave us a stunning bird’s eye view of the islands, reefs, and lagoons, the latest edition lets us explore and enjoy the views from the beach.

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Andreas Urscheler: Minimalist Mountain Scenes in Monochrome

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Been thinking about going monochrome for your next landscape photography project? If the mountains are your next destination, we have just the right series to inspire you. Zurich-based Andreas Urscheler takes us along the majestic curves and winter slopes of the Davos and Piz Kesch area in Switzerland through his beautiful minimalist snaps in black and white.

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Paolo Pettigiani’s Full Spectrum Nikon D750 Photos of the Aeolian Islands

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Charmed by infrared photography and thinking of taking the plunge into the craft? Our featured landscape series should be more than enough to give you that push. We’re putting the spotlight back on Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani, who previously impressed us with his infrared photos of the Dolomites and New York City’s Central Park. This time, we have our eyes on his surreal infrared snaps of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily.

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Paolo Pettigiani’s Infrared DJI Mavic Pro 2 Shot The Maldives

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We’ve been following the work of Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani for quite some time, mesmerized by his infrared renditions of some of the world’s most famous locations. The latest of these takes us to The Maldives, a tropical nation already stunning on its own, but even more eye-catching in infrared. This series becomes that much more striking with the addition of aerial photography!

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Paolo Pettigiani Reimagines Dubai as a Surreal Infrared Metropolis

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Dubai has been a favorite location for many photographers: its stunning architectural elements are artworks in their own right. But if you’re fond of unique takes and perspectives on the world’s best known cityscapes, you’ll find this Dubai series by Italian photographer and graphic designer Paolo Pettigiani nothing short of impressive. As he has done with New York City’s Central Park, he opens our eyes to the surreal and unseen face of Dubai through infrared photography.

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Damien Guiot Showcases Gorgeous Contrasts in Monochrome Landscapes

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If you think landscape photography and a black and white aesthetic don’t mix, you probably haven’t seen enough stunning examples. You can always acquaint yourself with the timeless masterpieces of iconic landscape photographer Ansel Adams first. But if you’re looking for something more contemporary, you might want to check out this Norway mountain series by Damien Guiot. In this set, the French photographer takes us to the majestic peaks of Norway’s Lofoten archipelago. As with much of the black and white landscape photography we’ve featured in the past, the series showcases a play on light and shadows, and highlights the shapes and textures amplified by the crisp contrast. By stripping a landscape scene of its colors, this black and white approach instead draws our eyes to the varying elements of composition.

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Przemyslaw Kruk Shares His “Misty Impressions” of Austria’s Ötztal Alps

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Poraj-based Przemyslaw Kruk has been one of our go-to landscape photographers for breathtaking mountain scenery, and he continues to wow us with his recent works. One of these is his collection of dreamy snaps of the Ötztal Alps, a mountain range traversing Austria and Italy. It’s definitely a fitting addition to our growing list of landscape photography to look out for, so you might want to check this set out if the genre is particularly interesting for you.

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Przemyslaw Kruk Used Infrared Photography to Capture These Haunting Landscapes

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A quick survey of the portfolio of Polish photographer Przemyslaw Kruk shows imposing landscape photographs of sprawling fields, mountain ranges, hills, and more. I don’t know about you, but I even feel just a little overwhelmed at the power these images give off. It’s probably due to all those wide open spaces and colossal landforms which masterfully blends together. Magical Landscapes. Infrared. Poland, however, is a completely different story – the opposite of Przemyslaw’s usual fare, actually. This series is whimsical, with each image looking as if they’re pages taken straight out of a fantasy storybook. Here, the fields and trees are white, and the skies are unnatural shades of blue.

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“She Found Me” Kurt Moser’s Words About His Camera and Shooting Will Make You Smile

“Lightcatcher” Kurt Moser tells about his “crazy love story” with a 111-year-old camera in this Al Jazeera short film

A few months back, we had the spotlight on Italy-based photographer Kurt Moser and his mind-blowing project – transforming a URAL 375 truck into one of the biggest mobile cameras in the world to take massive ambrotypes of the breath-taking Dolomites. Today, we learn about how his love affair with wet plate photography started with the discovery of a massive 111-year-old camera.

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Kurt Moser Transforms a Russian Military Truck Into a Camera and Darkroom

Ambrotype photographer Kurt Moser has big dreams for his craft. Literally and figuratively.

As if taking on a very challenging traditional photography method called ambrotype wasn’t already a big undertaking, Italy-based photographer Kurt Moser decided to go even bigger. He had the mind-blowing idea to transform a URAL 375 into one of the biggest mobile cameras in the world. The mission? To immortalize the majestic Dolomites in massive ambrotypes taken using the Russian military truck-turned-camera.

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