Knowing your location

By Ian Middleton

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Jamnik Church at sunrise

I went to Jamnik yesterday for sunrise because the clear outside app showed there would be fog. Sadly, there was no fog. In all my years of photographing here I still haven’t managed to capture it in the fog.

I had arrived an hour and half before sunrise so considered heading over to Saint Thomas church instead, but decided in the end to stick around. As the sun rises further to the south this time of year, and there was zero cloud over Storzic, the mountain behind it, the only colour was off to the right. Therefore the classic view was out.

Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician at sunrise with the twin spires of Sveti Jost in the distance. This church is perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau, Slovenia.
Jamnik church of Saints Primus and Felician at sunrise with the twin spires of Sveti Jost in the distance. This church is perched on a hill on the Jelovica Plateau, Slovenia.

Knowledge of a location

Knowledge of a location holds many advantages. In this case, I quickly sized up the situation and knew it would be best to head further back down the road to a view of the church from the side with the sun rising behind it. I also knew where to park.

Using TPE, I was able to get a more accurate prediction of where the sun would come up and quickly found a composition beforehand. I also saw in the distance off to the right the shadow of the church of Saint Jost that sits on a hilltop further to the south. So I maneuvered myself into a position where I could include this in the final composition.

Getting there early had allowed me enough time to refine all these things and the result was that the sun came up right behind the church in my shot!

See more of my Jamnik photos here:

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