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A quick upload for today. Another shot of the Vintgar Gorge from my Slovenia series.

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Shot with Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 @11 mm

Aperture f/8.0 | 1/10 sec | ISO 200

This is the Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia. It was taken during the last Easter break. If you have followed my rumblings on flickr, you'd remember i once mentioned about the crazy weather when i was there. The weather was definitely not on our side as it snowed and rained during our stay in Slovenia. Even our hostel owner was suprised with the sudden change in the weather that week. During our visit and also our last day in Slovenia, it snowed again! Luckily the Gorge was not closed since it could get very dangerous when its wet and slippery. From the picture above, you can see ice fragments on the wooden pathway. And if u see even more closer, you will notice ice stalactites on the railings.

 

I wanted to use a ND filter for this shot to get a smooth silky flowy water effect but there were too many people walking about that made taking long exposure shots impossible due to the vibration of the wooden plank.

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Shot with Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 @11 mm

Aperture f/8.0 | 1/100 sec | ISO 200

Slovenia is rich with natural features and one of the must-go places is the utterly gorgeous Vintgar Gorge. The place is located in the Gorje region, and it is not far away from Lake Bled, just around 4km. The gorge itself is 1.6 km long and it ends at the majestic 16m high Šum waterfall. The emerald water is crystal clear and you can spot trout lurking in the depths at place where the water is calmer. The trail is well constructed and consists of rocky path as depicted in the picture above interspersed with narrow wooden pathways carved into the rock and also wooden bridges that span across the waters below. Although it is made out of wood, the infrastructure is well-built and secure. This place is breathtakingly beautiful. Every turning bend offers a different vista and there are endless photo opportunities to capture. The trail is not a round-trip. you have to walk back the same route back to the entrance once you have reached the end. After finishing walking in and out the trail, at the corner just before the parking area, there is a restaurant that offers freshly caught trout meals with quite reasonable price.

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Panorama from 5 vertical shots

Shot with Nikon 18-200 mm VR @18 mm

Aperture of f/8 with ISO value of 320

 

Above is a shot of Postojna cave in Slovenia. It is one of the UNESCO heritages in Slovenia and were one of our side excursions when we were in Bled during the Easter break. The Postojna cave, located near Postojna, Slovenia, is the longest cave system in Slovenia and most famous too. It is classified as the Karst cave system, in which its topography were shaped by the dissolving action of water on soluble carbonate bedrock, like limestone. The magnificent stalactites and stalagmites were formed by water drops dripping downwards for a long period of time.

 

The cave is 20 km long and entrance is only by guided tour, which is a downside for photographers. This means we don't have the luxury of time to shoot around. To top that up, taking photos is prohibited during the tour except at the end section, which this shot was taken. I think they decided to do that in order to accommodate the large number of visitors. Taking photos will only make the tour slow and will cause "traffic jams". However a lot of people were taking pictures, including me, but of course without the flash, as to respect the environment and the habitats that live there. The tour guide didn't make a big fuss about it as long as we weren't causing traffic jams. As i mentioned, it is a 20 km long cave, but we didn't have to walk all 20 km. The tour started off at the beginning with a train ride to the middle of the cave. Then we were separated by languages for the tours. Different language groups will take different routes i assume, since i only encountered the Italian group and not once the french or german tour groups. After reaching the big hall and the souvenir area, we were offically able to take pictures and after that we had to take another train ride back to the entrance.

 

Taking pictures during the tour was quite challenging as the whole place was pitch black, only a few places were shined with spot lights. There was absolutely no chance of using the tripod, as it will slow the tour down, plus it is prohibited to take pictures anyway. At the end of the tour, we reached the big hall and that was the time i opened my tripod and take some shots of the cave and the route heading towards the hall which is the shot taken above. Even with the tripod, managing the correct exposure is quite tough because some areas were shined with super bright spot lights and it will give out highlight clippings. The shot taken above, too, show some hot areas. Tthat was the best i could do for a long exposure in that situation.

 

I just got back from Pfingsten holiday last weekend and was busy since. And since tomorrow is a public holiday, i will try to catch up with your streams tonight.

 

Highly recommended to view it in a larger scale or in Lightbox

 

P/S: If you experience blurry image, go to Lightbox by pressing "L" to view the sharper version. The blurry image is due to flickr adjusting the image according to your screen resolution size.

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Single RAW file

Shot with Tokina 11- 18 f/2.8 @11 mm

Aperture of f/6.3 with 13secs exposure and ISO value of 200

 

A quick post from me. Ive been busy again the whole week. Ive a pile of work to be done before the semester ends. Will find time to visit your streams.

 

More on this cave in my two previous posts.

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Vertorama from 2 horizontal shots

Shot with Tokina 11-16mm f/6.3 @16 mm

Aperture of f/6.3 with ISO value of 200

Another one from the gorge. Photo was taken in Slovenia.

 

Currently busy with project report. Will be visiting your stream this weekend and will try to upload at least one picture a week.

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Shot with Nikon 18-200 mm VR @18 mm

Aperture of f/8.0 with 1/40 exposure and ISO value of 320

 

During our trip to Slovenia during the Easter break, we took a short excursion to Izola from Bled. We arrived at this place quite late but just enough to witness the sunset at the harbour. Izola is a small fishing village located between Bled and Piran. It is not well known as compared to other coastal towns especially Piran, but this litte Venetian port has its own attraction. The town is heavily influenced by the Venetian style since it was once under the territory of the Republic of Venice and is rich with fishing tradition. So that means, there is an abundance of restaurant selling seafood in this area and it is quite affordable as well.

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Shot with Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 @11 mm

Aperture of f/5, Shutter 30secs., with ISO value of 200

Additional exposure for the moving boat at f/2.8 with ISO of 1250

 

Again, another shot of the Postojna Cave, a 20 km long limestone cave situated not far from Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. This cave is the most visited cave in Slovenia, and some say in Europe as well. The cavern is carved and shaped by water, which dissolved the limestones to create holes, stalagmites and stalactites. Entrance is only by guided tour and the ticket is quite pricey in comparison to other attractions in Europe. And you might want to bring a jacket because the temperature down here is a constant 10C. And bring comfortable shoes as well as you have to walk for about an hour and a half within this cavern and the paths can get quite slippery. You can get more description and details on this cave in my previous post.

 

The booth look-alike structure in the picture above is actually an aquarium which is the end station of our tour.The aquarium displays a rare unique species that can only be found in Karst limestone region. The creature which is nicknamed the human fish is an amphibian living in the waters that flow through this extensive limestone region. The human fish or the ohm's (Proteus anguinus) body is similar to snakes but its skin lacks pigmentation. It eyes are undeveloped since it lives in complete darkness in its underground habitat. Look at the comment section for a picture link of the creature.

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Vertorama from 2 horizontal shots

Shot with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @11 mm

Aperture of f/6.3 with ISO value of 200

   

Another one taken from the marina in the small city of Izola. Izola is a small fishing village located between Bled and Piran. It is not well known as compared to other coastal towns especially Piran, but this litte Venetian port has its own attraction. The town is heavily influenced by the Venetian style since it was once under the territory of the Republic of Venice and is rich with fishing tradition. So that means, there is an abundance of restaurant selling seafood in this area and it is quite affordable as well.

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Shot with Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 @11.5 mm

Aperture of f/8, Shutter 30secs., with ISO value of 200

Additional exposure for the moving boat at f/8 with ISO of 1250

 

This is a shot taken during my Easter trip to Slovenia. As written in my previous posts, we went to Slovenia and stayed nearby Lake Bled which is located in the Triglav National Park (correct me if i'm wrong). The lake is a glacier lake and was formed when the Bohinj Glacier melted after the ice age. It is 2120 m long and 1380 m wide and in middle of this lake is an island which bears the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary as photographed above. The island is only accessible by boat. The most touristic way to get to the island is by a traditional wooden row barge named Pletna and the service runs to and fro the island daily.

 

The lake has the Julian Alps as it backdrop and perched on a rock overlooking the lake on the north shore is the Bled Castle, also pictured above. When the weather is good, which was NOT in our case, the castle offers a jaw dropping view of the lake below with its emerald green waters. At the time the picture was taken, the wind was so strong even the snow at the snow caps that was blown by the wind can be captured by the camera.

 

Unfortunately while we were in Slovenia, the weather was horrible, with a capital H. The thing is, before we arrived, which was the week before Easter, the sun shined almost every single day with temperature ranging between 15° C to 20° C. And the day we arrived it started to rain and it didn't stop there. It rained the whole time while we were there and it even snowed at one point. We were terribly unlucky as the german say - Pech gehabt! I was constantly checking the weather when i had Wi-Fi access and desperately hoping for some glimpse of sunshine. In the end, some of my friends and i decided to extend our stay for one night because the weather forecast showed a slightly promising weather. Overall the trip was terrible due to the weather, but what can one do except make best of what we have in that situation.

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Shot with Nikon 18-200 VR @52 mm

Aperture of f/13, Shutter 30 secs., with ISO value of 200