Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau with the kamnik alps in the background, Slovenia.

My personal favourite photos of 2017

2017 was a fairly good year with some great workshops and erratic weather bringing with it some wonderful moments of light. So here I’ve put together a selection of my personal favourites:

Sveti Tomaz (The Church of Saint Thomas)

Situated in the hills of Northern Slovenia, Sveti Tomaz is one of the country’s iconic views, and a well photographed location. While I took the classic shots in winter with fog, I also managed to get some nice later morning shots:

View from Rantovše hill across to Sveti Tomaz nad Praprotnim (church of Saint Thomas) with the Kamnik Alps behind in the Skofja Loka hills, Slovenia.

View from Rantovše hill across to Sveti Tomaz nad Praprotnim (church of Saint Thomas) with the Kamnik Alps behind in the Skofja Loka hills, Slovenia.

 

View at sunrise in winter from Rantovše hill across to Sveti Tomaz nad Praprotnim (church of Saint Thomas) and the Kamnik Alps, Slovenia.

View at sunrise in winter from Rantovše hill across to Sveti Tomaz nad Praprotnim (church of Saint Thomas) and the Kamnik Alps, Slovenia.

View across to Sveti Tomaz nad Praprotnim (church of Saint Thomas) in the Skofja Loka hills, Slovenia.

View across to Sveti Tomaz nad Praprotnim (church of Saint Thomas) in the Skofja Loka hills, Slovenia.

View from Rantovše hill across to Sveti Tomaz nad Praprotnim (church of Saint Thomas) in the Skofja Loka hills, Slovenia.

View at sunrise in winter from Rantovše hill across to Sveti Tomaz nad Praprotnim (church of Saint Thomas) and the Kamnik Alps, Slovenia.

Jamnik Church

This great little church is another of Slovenia’s iconic locations for photographers. I took a photography workshop group here in Spring and we were treated to a great morning at dawn and then with the sun rising over Mount Storzic:

Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician at dawn, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau with the kamnik alps and storzic mountain in the background, Slovenia.

Church through the tree

I also went back on my own a couple of times throughout the year:

Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician at dawn, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau with the kamnik alps and storzic mountain in the background, Slovenia.

Jamnik church in Slovenia

Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau with the snowcapped Karavanke Alps in the background, Slovenia. The alps have a fresh coating of snow on them after a 3 weeks of September rain.

Lake Bled

Unfortunately much of the year the famous Lake Bled church was covered with scaffolding due to renovations taking place, but in May it was finally removed, just in time for my workshop, and we got some great shots.

Sun rising over Lake Bled and the island church of the assumption of Mary with the Karavanke mountains in the background, Slovenia.

Thanks to Luka Esenko and his team at Snapp Guides, I found some great new viewpoints of many popular locations in Slovenia. This viewpoint is from Ojstrica Hill at the western end of the lake in Autumn. There will be more to come from other places in 2018.

View across Lake Bled to the island church and clifftop castle from Ojstrica, Slovenia.

Lake Bohinj

Stunning Lake Bohinj never fails to impress, and I led several workshops here in 2017:

A lone sailing boat as light breaks over the mountains beside Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia.

A lone sailing boat as light breaks over the mountains beside Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia.

The most photographed tree at Bohinj Lake on an Summer afternoon, Triglav National Park, Slovenia.

The most photographed tree at Bohinj Lake on an Summer afternoon, Triglav National Park, Slovenia.

Light breaking as the sun passes over the mountains beside Lake Bohinj and produces sunrays over the lake, Triglav National Park, Slovenia.

Light breaking as the sun passes over the mountains beside Lake Bohinj and produces sunrays over the lake, Triglav National Park, Slovenia.

The Julian Alps and Lake Bohinj at sunset, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

The Julian Alps and Lake Bohinj at sunset, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Stormy weather in the Alps

Being just a 15 minute drive from great mountain views I can often dash off when the light looks promising:

View of Krvavec mountain and ski resort (1854m) and the Kamnik Alps as storm clouds pass over in Slovenia

View of Krvavec mountain and ski resort (1854m) and the Kamnik Alps as storm clouds pass over in Slovenia

Mountaintop of the Kamnik Alps appearing through the clouds with the church of Saint Peter sitting in its shadow. This complex also contains a castle, a baroque church, a parsonage, a cemetery and a fairly large stable.

Mountaintop of the Kamnik Alps appearing through the clouds with the church of Saint Peter sitting in its shadow. This complex also contains a castle, a baroque church, a parsonage, a cemetery and a fairly large stable.

The church of Saint Peter in Komenda. This complex also contains a castle, a baroque church, a parsonage, a cemetery and a fairly large stable.

The church of Saint Peter in Komenda. This complex also contains a castle, a baroque church, a parsonage, a cemetery and a fairly large stable.

View of Krvavec ski resort in summer, Slovenia.

View of Krvavec ski resort in summer, Slovenia.

View of the the church of saint John in the shadow of Storzic mountain, Brnik, near the Ljubljana airport, Slovenia.

View of the the church of saint John in the shadow of Storzic mountain, Brnik, near the Ljubljana airport, Slovenia.

Ljubljana Moors (Ljubljansko Barje)

Krim Mountain is a dominant view on the southern horizon of Ljubljana, so I just love photographing it. in 2017 I was treated to some great moments of light:

A beautiful mix of clouds gather over Krim Mountain, on the Ljubljansko Barje, south of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana Marshland (Ljubljansko Barje), a large area of wetland 160 square kilometres in size.

A beautiful mix of clouds gather over Krim Mountain, on the Ljubljansko Barje, south of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana Marshland (Ljubljansko Barje), a large area of wetland 160 square kilometres in size.

A beautiful mix of clouds moving over Krim Mountain at sunset, on the Ljubljansko Barje, south of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana Marshland (Ljubljansko Barje), a large area of wetland 160 square kilometres in size.

At sunset

A beautiful mix of clouds gather over Krim Mountain, on the Ljubljansko Barje, south of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana Moors (Ljubljansko Barje), a large area of wetland 160 square kilometres in size.

Krim Mountain, on the Ljubljansko Barje, south of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana Marshland (Ljubljansko Barje), a large area of wetland 160 square kilometres in size.

Church of Saint Anne (Sveta Ana)

This little church on the hill is a distinctive view when driving towards the villages of Jezero and Podpec. In 2017 I scouted for some different viewpoints and these three are my favourite:

The church of Saint Anna (Sveta Ana). Sveta Ana is perched upon an exposed hill overlooking the Ljubljansko Barje (Ljubljana moors) near the village of Preserje.

The church of Saint Anna (Sveta Ana). Sveta Ana is perched upon an exposed hill overlooking the Ljubljansko Barje (Ljubljana moors) near the village of Preserje.

View across the fields of the Ljubljana Moors to the church of Saint Anna (Sveta Ana). Sveta Ana is perched upon an exposed hill overlooking the Ljubljansko Barje (Ljubljana moors) near the village of Preserje.

View across the fields of the Ljubljana Moors to the church of Saint Anna (Sveta Ana). Sveta Ana is perched upon an exposed hill overlooking the Ljubljansko Barje (Ljubljana moors) near the village of Preserje.

The church of Saint Anna (Sveta Ana). Sveta Ana is perched upon an exposed hill overlooking the Ljubljansko Barje (Ljubljana moors) near the village of Preserje.

The view from the church hill is also quite spectacular, and one particular day a passing storm produced some great light:

Faint rainbow over Ljubljana, seen from the hill of Sveta Ana across the Ljubljana Moors (Ljubljansko Barje) withThe church of sv. Lovrenc (Saint Lawrence) near Jezero in the foreground.

Faint rainbow over Ljubljana, seen from the hill of Sveta Ana across the Ljubljana Moors (Ljubljansko Barje) withThe church of sv. Lovrenc (Saint Lawrence) near Jezero in the foreground.

View across the Ljubljana Moors to the Ljubljanica River, Smarna Gora and the Kamnik Alps. Ljubljana Marshland (Ljubljansko Barje), a large area of wetland 160 square kilometres in size.

View across the Ljubljana Moors to the Ljubljanica River, Smarna Gora and the Kamnik Alps. Ljubljana Marshland (Ljubljansko Barje), a large area of wetland 160 square kilometres in size.

Vintgar Gorge

The gorge is a great place to learn how to capture fast flowing water effects so I always take my photography students there.

The 16 Metre high Sum Waterfall in Vintgar Gorge, near Bled, Slovenia.

The Soteska Vintgar gorge, Gorje, near Bled, Slovenia. The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge has been carved through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills by the Radovna River.

The Soteska Vintgar gorge, Gorje, near Bled, Slovenia. The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge has been carved through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills by the Radovna River.

The Soteska Vintgar gorge, Gorje, near Bled, Slovenia. The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge has been carved through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills by the Radovna River.

Morning light starting to light the trees at Vintgar gorge, Gorje, near Bled, Slovenia. The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge has been carved through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills by the Radovna River.

Morning light starting to light the trees at Vintgar gorge, Gorje, near Bled, Slovenia. The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge has been carved through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills by the Radovna River.

The Soteska Vintgar gorge, Gorje, near Bled, Slovenia. The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge has been carved through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills by the Radovna River.

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