The Very Best of Slovenia
Situated to the southeast of Central Europe, Slovenia touches the Alps to the northwest, and the Mediterranean to the southwest. Historically at the crossroads of many important European trade routes, Slovenia’s language, culture and architecture draw from many influences. In Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, baroque facades mix with the 20th-century architecture of native Jože Plečnik, whose iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) spans the tightly curving Ljubljanica River. Slovenia’s terrain is largely mountainous, and the country is known for its alpine forests and lakes. The town of Bled, on spring fed Lake Bled, boasts a church-adorned island and a cliffside medieval castle. Other lakes, such as Bohinj, offer equally scenic views of the Julian Alps.
Our 10-day Slovenia Workshop is led by Randy Hanna and Luka Esenko. Both are well-versed in Slovenia; Luka lives and guides in the country full time. We’ll be traveling by comfortable minivan, staying in well-chosen high-quality accommodations, and eating wonderful local foods. We’ll be photographing a wealth of natural features, as well as the agricultural lands, markets, culture, and architecture of this varied land. Along the way, you’ll learn the finer points of composition and the “art of seeing.” We’ll 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 reviews and post-processing with Lightroom. Expect to work hard, and to learn a lot!
June 12–19, 2020
Itinerary and General Information
June 12, 2020: Arrive this morning in to Ljubljana, and transfer to Lake Bled. The workshop will begin with an afternoon “golden hour” shoot at scenic Lake Bled, followed by a welcome dinner.
June 13-14, 2020: We’ll take 2 full days to explore the beautiful Gorenjska region, starting with a sunrise shoot along the shoreline of Lake Bled. From a cliff top perch at Bled Castle, we’ll capture superb panoramas of the lake, its island, and the Baroque church. We’ll visit the spectacular Vintgar Gorge— the perfect location to experiment with capturing fast-flowing water with long exposures. We’ll visit a second glacial lake, Bohinj, with a very different feel. Here we’ll take time to hone our composition skills with reflections. Later, a short drive will take us to the surrounding picturesque villages where you’ll have the opportunity to capture traditional rural architecture and agricultural scenes, including iconic hayracks. We’ll cap off both evenings with sunset shoots at the lakeside.
June 15-17, 2020: Soča River Valley and Triglav National Park
Over the next few days, our journey will take us up over the Vršič pass, the highest in the Julian Alps, and down into the Soča River Valley. Along the way, we’ll enjoy expansive views across the Slovenian Alps and into Italy. As we hike through Triglav National Park, we’ll take time to capture the clear green waters of the Soča river, and explore its gorges and waterfalls. We may also get lucky and see some local wildlife along the river, as well as World War I remnants.
June 18-19, 2020: Ljubljana
We’ll leave the Alps and head to Ljubljana, the lovely capital of Slovenia. Over the next 2 days, we’ll wander the charming streets of the old city, looking to capture her baroque churches, diverse architectural details, and the castle. We’ll also get a chance to practice street photography, and candid portrait techniques, in Ljubljana’s bustling marketplace and along the café-strewn riverbanks. We end after lunch on June 19, 2020, after which we’ll take you to the airport for flights that can depart anytime after 4:00 PM.
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 and visa fees, if applicable.. Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included.