View of Mount Stol in spring from an area near Bled Lake, Slovenia.

Spring Photography Workshop in Slovenia – 2018

Mother nature is unpredictable and you never know how the weather will be when you schedule a photography workshop. For my recent weekend photography workshop last month, the forecast was for an unsettled, potentially stormy weekend. Actually rather a great forecast for photographers. But as it turned out, it was nothing of the kind. We had a lovely weekend with mostly clear skies, but some light scattered cloud.

Yet we still had some good light when needed, and when the light got too harsh, we went inside to a lovely church. Adaptability is the key to, not only running workshops, but also photography. There is always something to photograph, no matter the conditions. You just need to look.

Another problem was a large crane sitting beside the clifftop castle at Lake Bled. But again, it was an opportunity to show how to either eliminate the castle from photos, or choose a composition and background that will make it easy to clone out the crane.

At the weekend I also ran a one to one with a guest from the UK, and while the afternoon started out with rain, this cleared to produce some beautiful clouds over Lake Bled before sunset.

Here are a few of my favourite moments from the weekend:

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Lake Bled

Lake Bled at sunset with the moon rising above the nearby hills, Slovenia .

Lake Bled at sunset with the moon rising above the nearby hills, Slovenia .

View across the beautiful Lake Bled, island church at sunset, Slovenia. Lake Bled is Slovenia's most popular tourist destination and the Karawanke mountains form the border between Slovenia and Austria.

View across the beautiful Lake Bled, island church at sunset, Slovenia. Lake Bled is Slovenia’s most popular tourist destination and the Karawanke mountains form the border between Slovenia and Austria.

View across the beautiful Lake Bled, island church at dusk, Slovenia.

View across the beautiful Lake Bled, island church at dusk, Slovenia.

Man standup paddleboarding (SUP) on Lake Bled, Slovenia with the Karavanke Mountains in the background.

Man standup paddleboarding (SUP) on Lake Bled, Slovenia with the Karavanke Mountains in the background.

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

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

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

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

Morning spring light at Lake Bled's island church with the Karavanke Mountains behind, Slovenia.

Morning spring light at Lake Bled’s island church with the Karavanke Mountains behind, Slovenia.

View of Mount Stol in spring from an area near Bled Lake, Slovenia.

View of Mount Stol in spring from an area near Bled Lake, Slovenia.

Some great clouds over Lake Bled after the rain cleared on my one to one photography workshop

View across the beautiful Lake Bled, island church at sunset with the beautiful Karavank mountains in the background, Slovenia. Lake Bled is Slovenia's most popular tourist destination and the Karawanke mountains form the border between Slovenia and Austria.

View across the beautiful Lake Bled, island church at sunset with the beautiful Karavank mountains in the background, Slovenia. Lake Bled is Slovenia’s most popular tourist destination and the Karawanke mountains form the border between Slovenia and Austria.

Cloning out the crane

This scene was so great, but originally ruined by a large crane on the castle. But by finding a composition that places the crane with an uncluttered background, it made it easier to clone it out.

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With crane:

Beautiful light across the beautiful Lake Bled's hilltop castle and Mount Stol, the highest peak in the Karavank Mountains. Slovenia.

Beautiful light across the beautiful Lake Bled’s hilltop castle and Mount Stol, the highest peak in the Karavank Mountains. Slovenia.

With the crane cloned out

Beautiful light across the beautiful Lake Bled's hilltop castle and Mount Stol, the highest peak in the Karavank Mountains. Slovenia.

Beautiful light across the beautiful Lake Bled’s hilltop castle and Mount Stol, the highest peak in the Karavank Mountains. Slovenia.

Jamnik Church

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

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

This photo was a demonstration of how and why we need to use a technique called photo stacking. read about that here:

Sunrise at Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau with the kamnik alps and Storzic mountain in the background, Slovenia. Framed by some trees in Spring Bloom.

Sunrise at Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau with the kamnik alps and Storzic mountain in the background, Slovenia. Framed by some trees in Spring Bloom.

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

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

This misty photo is not what it seems. More here:

Tree in bloom on a spring morning in Jamnik village, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau, Slovenia.

Tree in bloom on a spring morning in Jamnik village, perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau, Slovenia.

In this photo I demonstrated how to avoid lens flare. More here:

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

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

Mountain peak at sunrise, Kamnik Alps, Slovenia.

Mountain peak at sunrise, Kamnik Alps, Slovenia.

Church of Saint Peter, Radovljica

Beautiful frescoes on the vaulted ceiling of Saint Peter's Church in Radovljica, Slovenia.

Beautiful frescoes on the vaulted ceiling of Saint Peter’s Church in Radovljica, Slovenia.

Beautiful frescoes on the vaulted ceiling of Saint Peter's Church in Radovljica, Slovenia.

Beautiful frescoes on the vaulted ceiling of Saint Peter’s Church in Radovljica, Slovenia.

Lake Bohinj

Late Spring greens at Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Late Spring greens at Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Late Spring greens at Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia. View across the lake to POČITNIŠKI DOM NA SKALCI, MNZ - Ministrstvo za notranje zadeve RS

Late Spring greens at Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia. View across the lake to POČITNIŠKI DOM NA SKALCI, MNZ – Ministrstvo za notranje zadeve RS

Sunlight breaking through clouds over the Julian Alps at Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Sunlight breaking through clouds over the Julian Alps at Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Moody clouds over Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia.

Moody clouds over Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia.

Autumn Workshop

Slovenia is just as amazing in autumn, and there are still some space left on my workshop in October. More info here:

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