My favourite photos of 2020
Happy New Year everyone.
While I wasn’t able to get out for photography as much as I’d have liked this year due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns,
I did manage to get a few good shots. So here is a small selection of my best photos of 2020.
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Saint Thomas Church
A once a year event. Only in January can you capture the full moon rising over the mountains at sunset as close to the Church of Saint Thomas as this. Fortunately, I was blessed with clear skies.
This moment was planned using Photopills and Photohound, and once again the weather was just right. Taken from a very special viewpoint in Tivoli Park.
After a failed sunrise shoot on the Ljubljana Moors due to heavy fog, I headed into the centre of Ljubljana to finally shoot the one and only mosque in Slovenia. I’d heard about this but only this year did I finally do something about it. In the centre it was completely clear so I was able to get some lovely shots.
A new view discovered
I love finding new views. While I have known about this castle for years, I never knew about this view until I went on a hike nearby. This is Smlednik Castle aligned with Storzic mountain, one of the peaks of the Kamnik Alps.
Summers are often spent down the coast in Slovenia. These were taken from Strunjan, which also has a great view of Piran Church.
The Great Storm
On this day down the coast a huge storm swept past us. It had been building all afternoon while swimming, and suddenly seemed as though it would hit. Everyone ran for cover, but I ran for my camera. The view is of the Church of Saint George in Piran, and the storm was moving that way and didn’t hit where we were standing.
Neowise Comet This year saw the arrival of Neowise comet, which had photographers scrambling out all over the world to photograph. I managed to get out a couple of times but the best evening was when it coincided with a lightning storm over the Kamnik Alps. I couldn’t have wished for a more dramatic moment,
A hilltop with the best all round views
There is a place just outside Ljubljana that not many photographers know about. On a hill in the village of Prezganje is sits the Church of Saint Margaret. From this little hill, you get a superb panoramic view of all the Slovenian mountains on a clear day. Using a telephoto lens you can get some great shots of these mountains.
Around the Ljubljana Airport
The Ljubljana Airport lies just a 15-minute drive north of Ljubljana. It’s actually a great location from which to photograph the Kamnik Alps. I often nip out for sunset or sunrise, and managed to get there a few times this year.
Bringing the mountains closer
One of the advantages of a telephoto is that you can work to isolate distant scenes, especially if you are confined to your home patch like we were many times in 2020. The following two photos are my favourite from these attempts.
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