I left Italy in 2015 and have traveled around with my camera to many different locations. My passion for photography has grown over the years and has lead me to visit many iconic places photographing amazing landscape. I’ve always desired a trip back home to Abruzzo and explore this region in Italy.
This part of Italy is still off the tourists radar but it is becoming more popular. For this trip I focused my attention to a particular area that I’ve always heard about but never actually been although it is less than two hours from my home town! This area is called Campo Imperatore (Emperor’s Field) which is also known as “the little Tibet”. It is the largest plateau of Apennines’s ridge and lies adjacent to the Apennines’s highest peak Corno Grande.
I chose these lenses because I wanted to create stunning astrophotography with the SIGMA 14mm |Art and I always wanted to have that extra reach that the SIGMA 100-400mm | Contemporary gives you to capture beautiful details specially at a location like this surrounded by the mountains.
I’ll have to say I’m so happy I had both lenses with me but unfortunately due to weather conditions I couldn’t get any astrophotograpy. So I was somewhat disappointed not to achieve my goal but using the SIGMA 100-400mm | Contemporary lens made up for it. The lens has a great feeling and even if it’s a bit heavy I was always able to get the shot I wanted, the extra reach compared to a more standard focal length as the 70-200 was really helpful specially in shot like the one above.
First night at Campo Imperatore I decided to go for a night hike at the Corno Grande (2912 metres) and waiting there for the sun to come up above the sea facing est towards Croatia. This was an amazing experience for me and I feel I couldn’t ask any other lenses with me the image above is from the highest peak of the Gran Sasso massif with the sun rising above the sea, this was for me an incredible experience that I recommend to everyone in love with nature and of course photography as it gives you so much inspiration to take beautiful pictures and create unforgettable memories.