Lakes Bled and Bohinj are glacial lakes in the Julian Alps and are located in the Upper Carnolian region of northwestern Slovenia and offer endless opportunities for photographers. Breathtaking scenery, hilltop churches, lakeside vistas with mountainous backdrops and impressive gorges with numerous waterfalls and turquoise pools to name but a few. Whilst Lake Bled has more of a tourist feel to it and is undoubtedly one of the most visited locations in Slovenia, it is still possible to find moments at dusk and dawn to photograph the lake relatively undisturbed. Whatever your feelings on originality, you can’t really come here and not take the classic picture-postcard image of Bled Island and it’s pretty church. Lake Bohinj has a more rugged, undisturbed feel and, being a little further off the usual tourist bus route, is the more peaceful of the two lakes without the tourist town on it’s shores. You’ll need to walk or cycle a little further here to find the different spots as the lake is 4 km long and 1 km across.
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Come in January or February for impressive winter (and hopefully snowy!) scenery, or May and June for spring flowers and colours. October is perfect for autumn colours, but opportunities abound whenever you visit. Don’t miss the quirky Cow Ball (Kravji Bal) in Ukanc, Bohinj if you are there early September!
Slovenia has few restrictions for photographers other than respecting the guidelines in national parks and usual restrictions re tripods and flash photography in most museums and galleries. Take care when photographing in the mountains or along wild, Alpine rivers – watch your step and stick to the recommended trails. Respect and follow National Park guidelines at all times. Weather in the Alps can be unpredictable, so bear in mind that it can change in minutes and can quickly become dangerous in mountainous terrain. Follow local weather updates before setting off. You should not venture into the mountains alone if you are unfamiliar with the area and should notify an emergency contact person of your intended route. Slovenia uses standard European two-pin plugs at 220V.