It’s been a couple of years since I’ve done some serious photography in Julian Alps. Most of my photography in Triglav national park was based on easy-to-access locations. Be it on my photo workshops or on family hiking trips with my kids. My plan this year is to do more photography focused hikes and climbs. This recent trip with my old friend Miro was a good start.
Our original plan was to climb Mt Velika Mojstrovka, but when we arrived at Vršič pass we found it wrapped in thick clouds. Plan B was a smaller hill nearby, Prednje Robičje. Compared to surrounding peaks it is quite insignificant and it takes a mere hour to get to the top. What it offers though is unparalleled views on other, more prominent peaks of Julian Alps. We hit the jackpot with this decision. Prednje Robičje was the only viewpoint that day that wasn’t wrapped in clouds!
I wanted to do a vlog about this hike and it would turn out great, a mix of behind the scenes, beautiful views and timelapses and some photography tips. Unfortunately I had a senior moment and formatted the memory card with the video content while changing memory cards at sunset. Well – živemu človeku se vse lahk zgodi – as a wise Slovenian saying goes!
This panorama above is my favourite shot from that evening. It was taken just as the sunset and there was still a warm glow bouncing from the northwest.
Here are my thoughts behind the shot
- I opted for a longer exposure to emphasise the motion of the clouds.
- I stepped back and created a pano from five vertical shots. The trick was to keep the camera level and to shoot as quick as possible as there was a lot of motion around the two peaks.
- The image works well because of the balance in colours and composition. There is a triad of primary colours (Red, Green, Blue) as well as a trio of the peaks which forms a well balanced triangle.
- I either desaturated or changed the hue of other colours – had to work on yellow the most.
We wanted to photograph the milky way but soon after this pano shot we were covered in a thick clouds. We packed our gear and headed back to the car.
Here are some other photos from that evening. Photography in Julian Alps is one of my greatest passions. I hope you like this post, let me know what you think in the comments below. Thank you!