Slovenia: Autumn Colors in the Julian Alps
Experience a range of incredible photographic locations and experiment with a variety of photography techniques on this 8-day workshop led by Andy. 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. Co-guiding this workshop will be amazing Slovenian photographer Ana Pogačar.
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 and Photoshop. 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 14th, until the time we say goodbye on October 21st, all meals, lodging, and transportation and airport transfers are included. You can stow that wallet!
We are fortunate to have good friend Ana Pogačar as our local guide for this workshop. Here are some of Ana's photos, nobody shows off the beauty of Slovenia better! We've got a short video just below, click it! To learn more about Slovenia, and why you need to go, click here.
October 13 - 21, 2016
Moderate, some hikes of a
few kilometers with elevation
Itinerary and General Information
DAY 1, October 13, 2016: Arrive Ljubljana
Arrive in Ljubljana anytime this day and we transfer you to our hotel at Lake Bled. Check in to hotel. Group welcome dinner.
DAY 2, October 14, 2016: Lake Bled
After breakfast and checkout, our adventure starts with an afternoon shoot to capture ‘golden light’ at iconic lake Bled.
DAYS 3 & 4, October 15-16, 2016: Lakes Bled and Julian Alps
We’ll take 2 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.
DAYS 5 & 6, October 17-18, 2016: Karst & Coast
After a morning shoot and breakfast, drive over highest mountain pass of Slovenia, Vrsic. Scenic drive with photo stops along Soca river valley. Visit one of the stone-built villages at Karst area and photograph autumn-coloured vineyards. Late afternoon arrival at 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.
DAYS 7 & 8, October 19-20, 2016: Ljubljana and central Slovenia
We leave the coast and head to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and a gem of a city. During the next 2 days we’ll wander the charming streets of the old city—camera in hand—and capture the highlights of Ljubljana, including baroque churches, diverse architectural details and the castle as well as trying our hand at 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.
DAY 9, October 21, 2016: Departure from Slovenia
After breakfast at the hotel, our workshop concludes. We'll say our goodbyes and then transfer to Ljubljana airport. Flights home or elsewhere can be anytime after 12 noon.
Your Questions Answered
Where the heck is Slovenia, anyway? Slovenia is in the middle of Europe, bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia.
Is it safe to travel in Slovenia? Yes! Crime and incidents are extremely low, and we'll be traveling as a group in safe areas.
What's the food like? Amazing food and wines await you. Any and all dietary accommodations can be made as well.
What about the weather? We hope to catch the peak of autumn colors, and we expect average temps to range from mid 40s to mid 50s F. Of course this can vary!
How does one get there? Easy flight connections via London, Munich and other European cities.
How much driving will we be doing? Slovenia is a small country! Most driving will be very short trips, a long drive to a shooting venue would be about 1 hour.
What about hiking, and what are the physical requirements for this workshop? Anyone can join this workshop. There will be some opportunities to take small hikes of up to a few kilometers. Anyone not wishing to hike will be accommodated!
What about the hotels? We have chosen very high quality accommodations. Wireless internet always available.
- Double-occupancy lodging (single supplement available)
- All meals, soft drinks, snacks during workshop
- All transportation during the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction
- Image reviews and post-processing sessions
- Inspiration and fun!
What’s Not Included?
Travel to/from your home to Ljubljana, Slovenia. Passport or visa fees. Trip and cancellation insurance. Alcoholic beverages. Tips for local guide. Anything not specifically mentioned as included.