Why is Bohinj lake so special

Everyone who has ever been to Bohinj knows that the light here is special and gorgeus. And if you are a photographer then you know that this place is something unique. Why?

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In the last few days I did a small comparison between lakes in the whole area of Alps. After a couple of hours on Google Earth I realized that Bohinj lake is really something special and can’t be compared to any of lakes in Alpine valleys across Europe. From a photographic point of view Bohinj lake is special and different because of the reasons listed below:

  • the lake is oriented exactly E-W – not many lakes in Alps are oriented that way. Orientation of the lake and the course of the sun have great influences on light conditions and photo composition. The sun is setting behind a horseshoe-shaped mountain range in a way that is perfect for compositions;
  • the lake lies on a low altitude and is surrounded by forest which is good for contrast photos (blue, green, …)
  • the lake is “opened” (no mountains) towards east;
  • immediate surrounding of the lake is not steep so the lake has a feeling of openness;
  • the lake is closed by a horseshoe shaped mountain range from the south, west and north. Such specific geomorphology can’t be found elsewhere. Geomorphology has a big influence on the quality of light and on the direction of sun rays falling on lake and surroundings;
  • the lake lies close to the Adriatic sea. The Adriatic sea has a big influence on the weather and air masses around Bohinj. A mixture of Alpine and Adriatic climate creates special effects;
  • the lake lies in a unique shaped glacier valley which is totally closed with mountains from three sides. Closed valleys causes the occurrence of low fog at certain times of the year. From photographic point of view low fog is great for moody compositions.
  • surrounding of the lake is formed by limestone which is white and gray and makes good contrast with water (blue), forest (green). Majority of the Alps is formed from more dark rocks.
  • the lake is not too big which is also good for compositions;

E-W orientation of the lake
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Special geomorphology with horseshoe shaped mountain range closing the valley
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Lakes in Austria; without high mountains, different orientation and geomorphology
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Lakes in Italy are totally different, they are big and oriented SW-NE
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Lakes around Salzburg are oriented S-N and they don’t have mountain ranges around them
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Lakes on the north part of the Alps are different, bigger
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I have visited some of the lakes in the Alps and I must say that none has such great light and such a “soul” than Bohinj lake. Come and see for yourself. You’ll be amazed!

And this is just from the past few days.

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Don’t Rush (in Bohinj)

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Normally, I take things pretty easy here. But today was such a rush.

Being a Monday means quite a number of activities for the kids after school.

After getting on top of the usual daily chores I noticed that the fog was starting to lift. With some seriously good snowfall over the previous two days I knew that there was going to be some good shots around.

The problem was that daughter had an appointment that I had to take her to, so I rushed down to the Lake and grabbed a handful of snaps. I then rushed over to another location but found that I needed to be there about an hour or so later. I waited as long as I could but the shot just wouldn’t come.

I must have been on an adrenalin rush so I popped into a bar for a hit of caffeine.  Then I remembered that we were out of milk so I ran into the shop to get some. Of course the checkout queue was a mile long.

As I headed out the door I saw a friend that I hadn’t seen in ages. I was just about to stop and say hi, but I was in a hurry, right?

Got to the school to pick up daughter and she says “Oh daddy, that appointment has been cancelled”.

So, next time I will remember to do what I tell others: “Don’t rush in Bohinj”. And don’t forget to say hi to your friends. You just never know when you will see them next.

Teaching an old dog new tricks

Aleš and I ran a short photo tour called Mali Bohinj on the 11th of October with a group of 13.

It was a beautiful warm autumn day and it was supposed to be a small loop around the village of Studor. However, we made a side trip to Lake Bohinj as there was not enough water in the Ribnica gorge.

At one of the spots for an exercise I explained how the shot should be done. Having shot the Lake for so long I had thought that I knew all there was to know.

Mitja Sodja who is a friend and professional photographer came along for the tour and made some shots that made me realize that there are always new ways to see and photograph the Lake.

So, it’s not at all true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. He can even learn in his own “backyard”.

And thanks to all who came along. We hope to see you again next time.

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By | October 12th, 2014|Categories: Workshops|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Where else but Bohinj?

We all know that Bohinj is the best place in the universe for landscapes but I had never thought of it as being a great place for something that I call PortLands. This is a cross between portraits and landscapes.

A few days ago Petr, a friend and professional photographer, and his girlfriend Denisa from Czech came and stayed with us. Petr specializes in portraits and architecture, and he suggested that maybe we could shoot Denisa (a model) with Lake Bohinj as a backdrop.

Petr and Denisa have continued on with their travels so we can’t see Petr’s work right now (I will post a link later) but here are a few that I managed to get.

So, apart from classic landscapes you now have another reason to come to Bohinj – PortLands!

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By | August 18th, 2014|Categories: Landscapes, Portraits|Tags: |0 Comments

Just a little “cheating”

The thing that I get asked a lot about my photography is whether or not I “cheat” using Photoshop.

Normally, I get pretty annoyed because I want to say “Look, Photoshop is just a tool, bla bla bla.”.

But sometimes Photoshop is necessary if you want to create an image the way you want but just can’t do it with one image.

With the Before and After image below you can see that the image works better when both the two guys in the background are looking at the tightrope walker. When only one of the guys is looking, the image doesn’t quite work.

So, it’s not really cheating. OK, maybe just a little bit.

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By | August 13th, 2014|Categories: Photoshop|Tags: |0 Comments