Wine, heart, mists and photography

After a long workshops season I took my family to the wine region of NE Slovenia. We spent two nights at Valdhuber winery on a recommendation of my friend Miha from Slotrips. Valdhuber winery has three brand new apartments – a unique combination of modern design and wood. The location is perfect to explore the surrounding Svečina wine area plus they produce excellent wines and hearty food – Diana’s chicken stew was one of the best I’ve ever tried! 

Špičnik heart roadEven though this was a family holiday my camera gear was with me. I planned to photograph for sunset and sunrise and the rest will be family time. Luckily the area is small, the roads good (but confusing) so I was on locations quickly. Of course the first thing to photograph was the famous “heart” road at Špičnik.  Continue reading

Autumn at Plitvice Lakes NP

Plitvice Lakes national park in Croatia is one of the most beautiful places in the region. I always look forward to come back to the park, especially when the park is at its best for photography. This is usually early Summer, Autumn when the colours kick in and in Winter when there is snow and ice. Last week I was co-leading a photography tour with Strabo Photo TC and with Tom Bol. We spent two nights there and had four photography sessions there. Two afternoons and two mornings. 

Autumn at Plitvice Lakes national parkThe most productive was the last morning when we headed out before sunrise to be at the waterfalls when the sun comes in. What a stark contrast to the day before, when there was a record high number of visitors per day – 13.000! This morning we had the park for ourselves – for about an hour and half we were the only visitors there. What a bliss, especially because we were able to use our tripods on board walks.  Continue reading