The Hasselblad Experience Brings You To Slovenia In Springtime
Experience a range of incredible photographic locations and experiment with a variety of photography techniques on this 10-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 Luka Esenko. Co-sponsoring this workshop is Hasselblad, and all participants will get the opportunity to use the brand-new Hasselblad X1D-50C Mirrorless Medium Format digital cameras. We will have a complete system on hand with lenses for everyone! This will be an amazing opportunity to work in the field with this new and exciting camera system, and capturing beautiful, high resolution imagery.
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, the old walled city of Piran, 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.
We then cross the highest pass in the Julian Alps with incredible views across the Slovenian Alps. We travel down to the Soča River Valley to explore and photograph the incredible emerald waters of the Soča 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.
We finish in the historic walled port city of Piran, with its old cathedral, ancient city walls, and beautiful harbor.
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!
May 2–12, 2017
Easy to Moderate, some hikes
if you choose to do them
Itinerary and General Information
May 2, 2017: Arrival at Ljubljana
Arrive in Ljubljana (LJU Airport code) and transfer to hotel. We will have a car and driver take you from the airport to the hotel. The adventure starts with an afternoon shoot to capture in the old town. Evening get-together for a welcome dinner and to discuss plans for the tour.
May 3–4, 2017: Ljubljana and central Slovenia
During the next two days we’ll wander the charming streets of the old city with cameras 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. We'll have sunrise and sunset sessions in several iconic locations.
May 5–7, 2017: Lake Bled and Julian Alps
After a sunrise shoot and breakfast we take a short drive to Lake Bled where we will spend the next three nights. 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.
May 8–9, 2017: Soča River Valley
From Bled, 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 Soča River Valley to explore more of the Triglav National Park. Capture the incredible emerald waters of the Soča 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.
May 10–12, 2017: Piran and the Coast
From the Soča River Valley we drive south to the coast of Slovenia. On the way we visit of one of the stone-built villages in the Karst area and photograph beautiful 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. The 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. We will have a number of opportunities to photograph in an around the stone city of Piran.
May 12, 2017: One last sunrise shoot overlooking the walled city of Piran and its beautiful harbor. After a final breakfast at the hotel, the workshop concludes and we'll send you back to Ljubljana Airport for flights home or elsewhere anytime this day.
- Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
- All meals, soft drinks and snacks during workshop
- All transportation during the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Fun, inspiration and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Travel to and from your home to Ljubljana, Slovenia. Passport or visa fees. Travel medical and trip cancellation insurance. Alcoholic beverages. Tips for local guide. Anything not specifically mentioned as included.