A small country it may be, but Slovenia is packed full of treasures. A landscape characterised by towering mountains, picture-perfect lakes, deep gorges and the most incredible turquoise rivers; this is an area of immense natural beauty, rich in photographic opportunities.
The northernmost Alpine region is the focus of our four-day workshop as we take in Slovenia’s stunning lakes and mountains. Triglav national park, which contains a range of mountains known as the Julian Alps, is nothing short of breathtaking. Its’ jewel is Lake Bled, a glacial lake in the foothill of the Julian Alps. Picturesque Bled Island, with its 15th-century church, set against the backdrop of a medieval castle and towering mountains, is one of the most photogenic spots in the area.
This workshop has been timed for mid-April; a fabulous time to visit with a good chance of snow-capped mountains and plenty of water in the falls. At this time of the year, there is also a high possibility of misty mornings, adding further atmosphere to the landscape.
Just a short drive away lies the picturesque valley of Bohinj. Its lake, backed by mountain peaks and surrounded by colourful beech woods, offers beautiful reflections and is especially magical at dawn.
Two very picturesque churches are found in this area and we’ll be photographing them both. St Primoz’s church, near Jamnik, is one of the most beautifully located and a magical sight early in the morning. The other; the church of Saint Thomas with a backdrop of the towering Kamnik Alps, is one of Slovenia’s most iconic views.
The dramatic 1.6-kilometre long Vintgar Gorge is another of our locations. Carved by the Radovna River 150m deep into the mountains, its’ waterfalls, pools and fast flowering waters provide plenty of opportunities for photography.
A visit to Slovenia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Soča valley, which lies in the heart of the Julian Alps. Home to turquoise rivers and breathtaking waterfalls, we’ll be taking time to explore this area, travelling over the spectacular Vršič Pass en-route to capture some dramatic alpine scenery. One of the most impressive waterfalls here is Kozjak. At fifteen metres high, it is located in a striking rocky amphitheatre with a beautiful emerald green pool at its base.
On this workshop I will be joined by local professional photographer Piotr Skrzypiec who has been photographing this region for many years. As a geographer, as well as photographer, Piotr knows the area intimately and is the perfect guide for our workshop. With his knowledge, we will ensure that you are in the right place at the best time in order to maximise your photographic experience. Piotr will also be taking us a little off the beaten track for those lesser-known views that only a local knows of.
Our base here is Pension Mayer, a comfortable mid-range guest house situated in the heart of Bled, just a short distance from the lake. We’ll be rising at dawn each day to make the most of the soft light and to hopefully catch some early morning mist. The days are not long at this time of year, with later sunrises and sunsets. We’ll also take the time when possible to critique some of the images we have taken, before dinner at a carefully chosen Slovenian restaurant, where we will have the chance to try the local cuisine.
Working with the available light, exposure & use of the histogram, composition techniques & pre-visualisation, depth of field & focusing, use of filters, shooting at sunrise & sunset & appropriate camera settings
- 4 full days of photographic tuition and demonstrations
- 4 nights en-suite single occupancy accommodation
- Transport between locations
- Airport transfers
- Transport to and from Slovenia
- Entrance fees (approximately 15 Euros in total)
- City tax (approx 13 Euros payable directly to the hotel)
- Personal insurance eg: Cancellation Plan
- Equipment insurance
- Drinks from the bar
Note: A selection of Kase filters will be available to borrow on the workshop.
Partners/friends are welcome sharing the same room – please contact me to discuss
Triglav National Park including the key areas of Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, the Soča Valley, Vršič Pass, the churches of St Primoz and St Thomas, Kozjak waterfall, Vintgar Gorge, Ljubljana.