The next morning, Jennifer and I took the train from Innsbruck down to Bolzano, Italy.
This part of Italy is called the Südtirol in German and Trentino/Alto Adige in Italian. For a thousand or so years before the end of World War I, this area was part of Austria-Hungary and its predecessor states. The primary languages in this area are German, Italian, and Ladin.
Once in Bolzano, we met the rest of our party. The trip was organized by our friend Kerrick James, a professional photographer and Ricoh Imaging Ambassador (Ricoh owns the well-respected camera brand Pentax). See more about Kerrick at Ricoh Imaging Ambassadors, KerrickJames.com, and KJ Photo Safaris. Kerrick’s fiancée, Julie, joined us, along with three other photographers who had traveled with Kerrick in the past. Also joining us was our guide, Hayden, from our outfitter, AlpineHikers.
For the next three nights, we stayed at the Hotel Kabis, in Val di Funes. Before we piled into a waiting taxi van, I ran to the grocery store and picked up an excellent €8 bottle of wine to take with us, a Lagrein from Kellerei Bozen.
That evening, the weather started to turn. The partly cloudy and warm days were giving way to overcast skies and threats of rain.
When that happens, I turn to my infrared camera. I have a Nikon D300 that I’ve had converted to infrared by LifePixel.com. (I encourage you to use that affiliate link if you’re interested in converting or buying an infrared camera. I get a small credit towards a future conversion.) The conversion process removes a filter in front of the camera sensor, and replaces it with one that only passes infrared light. The resulting images can bring out dramatic skies and landscapes. The image below, from the cemetery at Pfarrkirche St. Peter, is an example.
Next up, hiking around Santa Magdalena.