Lago di Garda (Lake Garda) is the largest lake in Italy. Its northern part is surrounded by mountains, of which the Monte Baldo range (on the eastern shore of the lake, shown far on the left side of this photograph) is the most popular by tourists.
After waiting hours for free parking space and cable-car on a sunny day in August, one has to share Monte Baldo with crowds of other tourists. That seemed very unappealing to us so we better decided to climb Monte Stivo located to the north-east of the lake.
2059 meters above the sea level, Monte Stivo offers stunning view of the Lake Garda as well as many beautiful mountains including the Adamello and Brenta groups.
Taken in August 2001 on a cheap negative using a 28-80mm kit lens, the original photograph was not really rich in details; therefore I have applied the watercolor filter to improve the perception of overall sharpness in the image. Finally, I have converted it to black & white.
As you can see, there are some blown-out highlights in the lower clouds, that were much brighter than the rest of what we have seen. I have decided not to retouch the blown-outs to keep the (maybe a bit surreal) mood of the image.