Photographing snow covered mountains at sunset from an airplane. Sounds like an ultimate photographer’s wish. I took a few panoramic flights in Julian Alps and elsewhere before, but this time I had an opportunity to fly with a Pipistrel ultralight aircraft. This one has wings above the windows and a small hatch, just wide enough to stick a lens out. This allows for unobstructed photography while being protected from the cold air and wind. Read on for more of the story and photos of Julian Alps from the air!
I’ve been following weather forecasts and snow conditions for a long time until it all seemed perfect for photography. I called my friend Martin, an experienced pilot if he would take me flying. of course, when – he replied. We met in Bovec where there is a small runway for sport aircrafts. When I arrived, he had the aircraft already out and ready. We made a flight plan so it was optimised for photography at sunset.
First we flew west and made our first circle around the highest peaks, Montaž (Monte Montasio), Mangart and Jalovec. Then we made another, wider circle above the mountains around Lake Bohinj and Mt Triglav. Our third circle was around Mt Škrlatica, the second highest peak of Slovenia, Mt Prisojnik and Mt Stenar. And finally we made a narrower circle around Mt Triglav, where I got my favourite shot of the whole experience.
The last sunrays disappeared from Mt Triglav However I was still able to photograph as there was a lot of ambient light left, reflecting from the snow covered mountains. When we landed back in Bovec I knew I have some incredible photos of Julian Alps on my memory card!
Aerial Photos of Julian Alps in Winter
The photos above are the ones I like the most. Which one is your favourite? All these photos are also available as prints. If you are interested in purchasing one, let me know. We can send prints to your home country or we can agree on digital file to print at your favourite print shop.