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Watch the behind the scenes! vimeo.com/30911299
I love travelling. It's one of the greatest joys you can have, yet so many people don't travel enough. On this trip, I had started in Zagreb, Croatia and taken the train across the border to Ljubljana in Slovenia. From here, it was an hour and a half bus ride to the magical Lake Bled (Blejsko jezero).
As I've said before, the lake was nice during they day, but fantastic at night and then at sunrise it was one of the most fantastic scenes I've ever witnessed. Sadly my photographs can't do it justice, although I've tried my best.
The lake (Slovenia's only natural lake) is completely surrounded by the snow-capped Julian Alps and itself surrounds an island containing a church, the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary (Cerkev Marijinega vnebovzetja). This church was built in the 15th century and weddings are often held here. To get to the church from the lake, you need to climb up 99 steps. Poor husbands have to carry their wives up these steps and then ring the wishing bell, found up the 52-metre tower.
This scene is well deserving of being viewed in the lightbox (Press L), so see it how it was intended. Speaking of which, the jpg compression for the web caused a lot of banding in the sky, so I added a little noise to the RGB channels to compensate. The image looks much better at full uncompressed 5k size.
I spend a good three hours taking photos here, from complete darkness to after sun-up, so expect plenty more photos from here in the future. If you want to see how I did this, plus some more photos, you can check out the behind the scenes video:
On Location at Lake Bled: vimeo.com/30911299
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 100 / f/22 / 17-40mm @ 32mm / HDR