Accompanied by Polish landscape photographer Piotr Skrzypiec who is based in Slovenia, I embarked on my short journey around Slovenia. We went from the beguiling capital to the fairy-tale-like Lake Bled to ancient castles to mysterious caves to the beautiful Soca River and its waterfalls to breathtaking landscapes dotted with small churches to the wine country to Venetian seaside towns. What I hoped to learn was how to use neutral density filters and polarizers as well as trying my hand at long exposure landscape photography. Landscape photography requires researching and scouting out the good spots (which Piotr showed me his favorite ones), the weather to cooperate, getting up super early for the best light during the blue hour just before sunrise, some leg work carrying your equipment and hiking to the right spot, and then waiting for that precious ten to twenty minute window when everything is just right. Getting up everyday at 3am is tough! Especially in the summer months when the days are long and sunset (another prime time for photos) is not until 9pm. It’s true what my friend and fellow photographer, Marisa, said that after a couple days of only getting a few hours of sleep, you will be able to doze off anywhere anytime, even if only for 15 minutes. Even though I was only getting about 3 hours of sleep a day and eating mostly gas station sandwiches (salami and cheese seemed like a local favorite), I had a thoroughly wonderful time. I think I still prefer photographing places, the people, and their stories, but I am glad I learned a new skill and I am looking forward to doing more landscape photography in the future. Check out some of my photos from this photo workshop 🤓
Even though I was completely knackered, I truly am grateful for this experience! Thank you again Piotr for sharing with me your craft and personal tips and shortcuts you accumulated from years of doing this!
In the next two posts, I will talk about an interesting church with a Dance of Death mural and our trip out to the Venetian seaside town of Piran and some sunset shots. Stay tuned!
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