Slovenia: Autumn Colors in the Julian Alps
Experience a range of incredible photographic locations and experiment with a variety of photography techniques on this 10-day workshop led by Randy Hanna. With amazing photo ops all day and night, we’ll travel by comfortable minivan, stay in well-chosen high quality accommodations, and eat wonderful food.
Discover Slovenia and the Julian Alps with your camera in hand and capture stunning images of mountain landscapes, glacial lakes and rivers as well as scenes of every day life in traditional villages and the historic city of Ljubljana.
Explore Lake Bled and its iconic church on Bled island starting with sunrise at the shore and ending with sunset from a stunning vantage point. Contrast this with the more tranquil but equally inspiring Lake Bohinj in the heart of the Julian Alps. We’ll shoot creative long exposures to capture fast-flowing rivers and waterfalls at Vintgar Gorge, and travel through many picturesque villages to shoot traditional hayracks and agricultural details and document a slower pace of life. We’ll photograph the vineyards and stone-built villages of Karst, and the salt pans and seacoast as well. Finally, we discover the warmth and charm of Ljubljana with its contrasting styles of architecture, café culture, and bustling riverbank and markets, each day capturing amazing sunrises, sunsets, and night sky as well.
During this workshop, you will learn the finer points of composition and the art of “seeing.” We will spend time in the field helping you with long exposures, panoramas, HDR, and night photography too. We will also spend time in the “classroom” where we’ll do image review and critique and post-processing with Lightroom. Expect to work hard, and learn a lot! We really do put the “work” in workshop!
So what does “all inclusive” mean? From the time you meet us on October 9th, until the time we say goodbye on October 19th, all meals, lodging, and transportation and airport transfers are included. You can stow that wallet!
October 9–19, 2019
Itinerary and General Information
October 9, 2019: Arrival in Ljubljana Pick ups at the airport and transfer to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and a gem of a city. The adventure starts with an afternoon shoot in the old part of the town. Evening get-together for a welcome dinner and to discuss plans for the tour. Overnight: Ljubljana
October 10-11, 2019: Ljubljana and central Slovenia We’ll wander the charming streets of the old city with camera in hand and capture the highlights of Ljubljana including baroque churches, diverse architectural details, the castle, and some street photography and candid portraits in Ljubljana’s bustling marketplace and along the café-strewn riverbanks. We’ll also make a half-day trip from the city to capture one of Slovenia’s many scenic locations. We will leave Ljubljana in the late afternoon of the second day and drive to our next destination, to capture ‘golden light’ at iconic lake Bled. Overnight: Ljubljana and Bled
October 12-14, 2019: Lakes Bled and Julian Alps We’ll take three full days to explore the beautiful Gorenjska region starting with a sunrise shoot at the shore of Lake Bled. From Bled Castle perched up on the cliff top we’ll capture superb panoramas of the lake with its island and Baroque church. Visit the spectacular Vintgar Gorge the perfect location to experiment with capturing fast-flowing water and try out some long exposures. Our second glacial lake is Bohinj and has a very different feel. Here we’ll take time to hone our composition skills at the lake shore and capture creative reflections. A short drive takes us to the surrounding picturesque villages where you’ll have the opportunity to capture traditional agricultural architecture including the landmark hayracks of Slovenia, as well as scenes of rural village life. Cap off the evenings with a sunset shoot at the lakeside. Overnight: Bled
October 15-16, 2019: Soca River Valley and Triglav National Park Our route takes us over the Vrsic pass, the highest pass in the Julian Alps with incredible views across the Slovenian Alps. We travel down to the Soca River Valley to explore more of the Triglav National Park. Capture the incredible emerald waters of the Soca and discover gorges and waterfalls as we hike along the riverbanks. As well as capturing stunning landscapes. We may be lucky with some wildlife photography and will also take the opportunity to photograph the historical World War I remnants along the trail. Our route will take us on an exciting tour of some of highest mountains in Slovenia, offering incredible views across Slovenia and into Italy. Overnight: Bovec
October 17-18, 2019: Karst & Coast Scenic drive with photo stops along Soca river valley after breakfast. Visit of one of the stone-built villages at Karst area and photography at autumn coloured vineyards. Late afternoon arrival to Piran to capture sunset over Adriatic Sea.
We can start our next day by capturing sunrise above Piran, one of the classic Adriatic experiences. Secovlje saltpans are one of the oldest in the Adriatic and you can still witness production of salt in a traditional way. Saltpans are also a great place for landscape photography, especially in the warm afternoon sun. Return to Piran and farewell dinner. Overnight: Piran
October 19, 2019: Departure Piran Transfers to airport in Venice and end of workshop.
What To Bring
Please see our What to Bring page now for guidelines on packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
- Double-occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
- All meals, soft drinks, snacks during workshop
- All transportation during the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction
- Image reviews and post-processing sessions
- Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Travel to/from your home to Ljubljana, Slovenia. Passport or visa fees. Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included.