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Zelenci Springs

Zelenci Springs is a nature reserve near Kranjska Gora, at the three-country border of Slovenia, Italy and Austria. Most people will say that Zelenci Springs are the source of the Sava Dolinka River but this is technically wrong, since the water from underground Nadiža Creek (originating in the Planica Valley) just re-emerges here through the porous bottom of the shallow  lake.  Anyway, river  flowing  from here to the Danube River is Sava, so Zelenci Springs is a kind of  source of the Sava River. Lake is ‘famous’ because of  its brilliant green water which gave the name to the springs and its surroundings  (Zelenci is a deadjectival plural noun from Slovene zelen ‘green’.)

The lake.

View from the tower.

View from the tower.

But who cares about the name!? What is really important is the place itself. The best way to describe Zelenci is – nature at its best! There are numerous paths leading around so you can really explore the place. Leave your car on the parking near the bar. You can’t miss it (and – don’t miss it. You can get a nice cup of coffee there or eat a decent meal for a reasonable price).

View from the wooden bridge.

There are two best places to take photos  – the small lake itself and a long wooden bridge nearby. There is also a wooden tower beside the lake that offers even better views, but be careful! Lately it isn’t safe so climbing on it was forbidden the last time I was there.

Best views are from the tower.

Best views are the ones from the tower.

Zelenci are really beautiful in the early morning, before sunrise, when they are covered with amazing mist, or around sunset when the surrounding mountains shine in the (red) light. If you decide to visit it during the day, you will probably meet lots of people there and getting a nice photo will not be that easy.

Since the place is a nature reserve there are many unique animal species found there, as well as some sparse and endangered plants.

Nature at its best.

Visit Festival Lent with Igslovenia! Show us your best festival photo!

Festival magic – what is it?

This year, Maribor, the city on the banks of Drava River, will offer more than 320 events at over 15 venues in 9 days and nights during the 24th Lent Festival and thus – again – become the World Capital of #Lenting, that magical Lent Festival feeling of relaxation and vibrant life.

Photo by Dejan Bulut.

But, how does that special feeling, which separates any festival from everyday life, look like? Is it the majestic fireworks, is it lying in the grass or on top of a skyscraper is it an evening with a street-theatre performance or is it an open-air concert, maybethe good company of friends enjoying some amazing street-food…?

You get to decide – we would like YOU to show us, what it means to you, how it feels like, this magical festival moment!

Photo by Boštjan Lah.

How to participate? 

Post your photo (or video) from a festival – ANY festival you like – on Instagram and add #lentanje, #festivallent, #igslovenia and #festivaltimes, so we can find it easier – and the authors of the best photos, selected by the jury, will receive free tickets for Lent Festival 2016!

Two daily tickets will be given to 2 chosen winners every week on Friday during the festival (10. 6, 17. 6, 24. 6, 1. 7.).

The special prize, a 9-day Lentafestival ticket (which gives you free entrance to more than 70 events in 9 days of the festival and many other benefits), will be awarded on Thursday, 23. 6. 2016, to 3 authors, whose photos will illustrate “that crazy & magical” festival moment best.

Photo by Dejan Bulut.

The photos and winners will be selected by the jury composed of Sanja Leban Trojar (@sanya_lt from team @igslovenia), concert and festival photographer Sasa Huzjak (@sasahuzjak) and Tadeja Kristovič (@festivallent).

So, how does it feel, how does it look like? Check the entries here and add yours!

More info:

Festival Lent (page) & Festival Lent (Instagram) & Festival Lent (Facebook) © Sasa Huzjak

Also – leave a question in the comment section or send us an E-mail to info@igslovenia.si.

See you in Maribor!

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Tacen Whitewater Course

It is easy to follow the guides and visit the objects of popular interest but the real challenge is to find less known locations which offer opportunities for a nice shot or two. Tacen Whitewater Course, a venue for kayak and canoe competition, is one of them and it is accesible by public transportation from Ljubljana city centre.

The course is known as Kayak Canoe Club Tacen and it is located in on Sava River in Tacen, 9 km NW of city centre. It held the first competition back in 1939 when it was still a natural rapid at the base of a dam in the river. Since then it was developed in a modern sport center.

 

Coming from the center just watch for the last turn left from the main road before the bridge over Sava. After 200 m there is a tennis course and a parking place can be found. River is only a few steps away and over the river there is also a nice view of Šmarna Gora, the most popular hiking destination of Ljubljana.

Dog leg dam (I am a golfer, I can’t help myself) spreads over the whole width of the river, only its right part is in fact a river sluice gate, with which amount of water to enter two sports canals is regulated.

Peaceful place to stroll along the river or just sit there and relax is just behind the dam. Even swans are regular visitors there and it is also one of the few spots around Ljubljana to catch a spectacular sunset over the water.

Zoran Leban Trojar – @zokus_gf

Jeruzalemske gorice National Park

Jeruzalemske gorice Natural Park (you would also find it as Jeruzalem park, Ljutomersko Ormoške gorice – Hills) is an area of hills rising between rivers Mura and Drava, almost on the border with Croatia in SE Slovenia. Two main entrances into the region are towns Ljutomer and Ormož, later being closer to Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia, its first mention is from 69 AD. It used to be Roman Empire largest Eastern stronghold so it comes to no surprise that was the Romans who planted the first vineyards there.

Crusaders who migrated into the land in the 11th century took wine producing on even higher level and named the main settlement after their object of desire, Jerusalem.

Wine producing was always focus of this area, since its sheltered sunny position and suitable terroir represent excellent conditions for a variety of white grapes.

The road accros the area is a pure wine road, almost everything in sight are vineyards, vineyards to be, wine cellars and tourist farms with wine tasting. The hills are not very hight but due to their position some amazing landscapes lie before the eye far beyond the hills themselves.

Landscape is amazing throughout the year, but autumn is the best time to try the new vintage and to take photos of amazing colourful scenery. Almost everywhere one stops there is a photo opportunity at hand or probably a few steps by the dirt road away.

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Luka Esenko. Amazing landscape photographer and an Instagrammer that – sometimes – makes me crazy. Each and every photo he publishes on Instagram could end up on @Igslovenia profile. Every day. But this only means – he is good at what he does. And this is – photography, sharing his knowledge about photography & connecting great photographers and incredible locations in his new app. I just had to ask him a few questions;,

Hi there Luka, we will start as we always do; can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who are you, what do you do?

Hi Sanja, I am a local photographer based in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Photography has been my work for the last eight years when I started running workshops in Slovenia and Croatia. I also love the outdoors, the Alps above all, this is why a lot of my photos are from there.

Ljubljana from the Nebotičnik / Skyscraper caffee.

Ljubljana from the Nebotičnik / Skyscraper caffee.

You are a professional photographer, I know that. What does Instagram mean to you? Or better; People say that Instagram is only for amateur photographers. What do you think about that?

To be honest I am pretty new to Instagram. I started last summer when I was on a vacation in Croatia. It soon became quite fun and I’ve had a lot of feedback and interaction on my posts. What I like about it is its focus on photography and I find it more enjoyable to browse through the feed. For photographers (pro and amateur alike) this is a great channel to promote their work and services.

Slovenia. You take people around our country for photography workshops. Can you say that there is a place that amazes people more than other? Or – what is your favourite photo-destination in Slovenia?

Quite obviously Lake Bled and its island is the most popular among my clients. But there are many other less “iconic” places that people love and make great subjects for photography. Unique to Slovenia are its hilltop churches – my clients always wonder how crazy we are in Slovenia to build churches on top of the hill – who wants to walk up there?!? I always reply – well – photographers 🙂 Personally, my favourite place is the Julian Alps. I love the mountains, but unfortunately I’m usually way too busy to get out and spend the time I’d like to out there. For that reason every moment I do get to spend there is even more precious.

Church of St. Thomas / Sveti Tomaž.

Speaking of photo-destinations. You took connecting amazing photographers and incredible destination to a whole new level. You are a co-founder of the snappguides application. Can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Recently we released SNAPP Guides – destination guides for photographers. This is a mobile app (currently available on iOS with Android coming soon) where photographers can purchase guides to destination they are traveling to. With these guides they get exact coordinates with interactive maps (routing, current position, different layers..), information how to get there, when to go, practical advice on photographing that location as well as inspirational images. We work with pro photographers around the world to deliver the best possible information and currently we have ten destinations available – new ones are being added to the collection every month.

Laka Bled; Island & Castle in the back.

Sounds amazing! And looking at the @snappguiddes social media profiles and page … you have tons, literally tons of amazing photos. Who are the photographers that you are working with? How did you meet?

We sure have a lot of great images to share! Through my previous work I met many excellent photographers from all around the world. With their help we partnered with the best authors/photographers from destinations such as the UK, California, Oregon, South Africa, Ireland, Austria and many others. Now we’re receiving requests from photographers who want to make guides with us and we’re growing our team of photographers quickly. If you have extensive knowledge of photo locations in your area and would like to build a guide with us do get in touch!

Can you share some ‘behind the app’ information with us? What are the places (locations) that people love most? How is Slovenia doing? Can we expect more photographers here soon?:)

A tremendous amount of work goes into each guide. Every spot has to be populated with relevant information, exact coordinates and beautiful images. Most of the spots have been scouted more than just once to make sure the information is valid. At the moment, the most popular guides are Yosemite NP in California and London, UK. Slovenia is doing well, but it is obvious that it gets fewer visitors per year compared to other better known destinations in the world. I’m working hard to change that!

What are the plans for the future? Which destinations in Slovenia will be presented in the app?

Right now the most popular places of Slovenia are covered, Lakes Bled & Bohinj, Ljubljana and Istria. The Complete Guide to Slovenia will follow but I can’t promise when – it is huge amount of work to cover it all! As for SNAPP Guides, we want to cover as many destinations as possible. We’re working hard to deliver new destinations, but because of our high standards it takes time.

As a local and as an amazing photographer … what would you say to a person visiting Slovenia for the first time? Where to go, what to see? (Beside – Bled, Ljubljana & Piran, that is:)

Well, the ones you mentioned are definitely the obvious, right? My first suggestion is make sure you allow enough time – Slovenia might be small but it has lots of great places to photograph! Be prepared to do some hiking and you’ll need a car. Visit one or two hilltop churches for sunrise or sunset, don’t miss the wine region (Brda or Prlekija) and be sure to explore Soča river valley.

Thanks Luka! And … all the best with your amazing projects! 

Thanks for giving me this opportunity at Igslovenia!

 

Sanja Leban Trojar – @sanya_lt

You can find more about Luka Esenko and his work on his web page, Facebook or Twitter profile & you can follow him on Instagram.

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Ljubljana, 16. 4. 2016 by Sanja Leban Trojar – @sanya_lt

First of all – can you tell us something about yourself? Who are you, what do you do?

Hello! My name is Nam (@laughtraveleat on Instagram) and I am a travel blogger / writer who lives in Hong Kong. I run my own blog: Laugh Travel Eat that documents my travel tips and adventures near or far. My day job is content marketing, and when I am not writing or working, you will find me stuffing my face with egg waffle and bubble tea or catching up on the latest DC TV series while online shopping.

Do you travel a lot? How you pick your traveling destination?

I like to travel as much as I can, because there’s just so much to see in the world and it has become so easy to just hop on a plane and head to an exotic location nowadays. I generally look out for flight deals, though sometimes after reading a book or watching a movie, or even seeing a picture on Instagram and Pinterest will get a place on my radar that makes me really want to go.

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Your Instagram profile is full of amazing photos from Slovenia. Can you tell us a little bit about – how you came across Slovenia, when did you decide to visit and what places did you see?

I visited Slovenia last August with my friends as a bit of a graduation trip. We actually wanted to visit Albania, but the flights were too expensive, so we headed for Pula, Croatia instead. Then my friend suggested that we go to Ljubljana and I thought, why not? So we spent two days there before taking a bus to Bled, where I stayed for 4 nights while my friends left on the second due to poor timing on my side. I had another week to go before I needed to be in Italy, so I traveled to Bohinj by myself.

Where did you find information about Slovenia? How did you decide what to see?

I looked everywhere online for a bit, the official tourism page was a lot of help, and I got a lot of inspiration from the @Igslovenia Instagram as well! There aren’t a lot of blog posts out there on Slovenia, especially in the Bohinj region, but I had a lot of help from the staff in Castle 1004 Hostel in Bled in terms of transport etc.

What was your favourite place in Slovenia? What would you say is ‘a must see’ place in Slovenia … especially if you are a photographer?

The classic view point of Lake Bled – Ojstrica. It’s the postcard, picture perfect view of Lake Bled and a pleasant hike up. I only managed to go there on my last day in Bled because of the rain during my stay, and I was so glad that I got to visit there on a sunny day!

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Is there a place or thing that you would say – skip it? Why?

Well – Voje Waterfall! Although the hike there was pleasant with a gorgeous meadow, the waterfall itself is not as grand as it looks. As reaching this waterfall involve an extra 2-3 hours hike from the Mostnica Gorge, I would say skip it unless you have the time!

Back to photography; What equipment do you use for taking photos?

My trusty DLSM Panasonic DMC-GM1; I am not a photographic expert by any means, but a semi-automatic mirrorless it’s easy to use and take great photos!

What does photography mean to you?

Photography has become a way for me to record every moment in my life, especially when I am visiting a new place. A moment capture in the camera will forever be there, however, one can easily forget about some place or somewhere. There’s also something special about looking at the world through a different angle, which you wouldn’t normally if you are not holding a camera!

Can you describe us your photography style?

In all honesty, I am a point a shoot kind of girl, though if I see something I like, I will stop and try to find the best angle for it. I can’t say I have a particular style, other than taking tons and tons of photos.

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How did you end up on Instagram?

I started my account on my mum’s phone about five years back, but didn’t really started using it until a year after. Eventually I began to post only the photos from my travel when I started my own blog last year. Instagram is an amazing community and resources that fuels my wanderlust like no other! Accounts like @Igslovenia is what keeps me around and hyped up about all the amazing places I have yet to see in the world!

Do you use any other social media channel? If yes – can you compare the experience with using Instagram?

Pinterest is the other social media channel that I use frequently. It’s similarity to Instagram ends on both of them being visual. While Instagram is like a photo sharing site, Pinterest is a noticeboard. You can find me on Facebook, also.

How often do you publish photos on Instagram? Do you interact with other people on Instagram?

I publish a photo daily! And because I do genuinely enjoy Instagram, I go through my feed every moment I get and try to comment on every photo I find interesting. Being a frequent user myself, I know that every comment means a lot and it only takes a button and a few words to make someone’s day.

What would you say are the most important ‘rules’ that every Instagrammer must follow? Or – it would be good to follow?

Try not to be fake. I know that there are lot of people who are trying to grow their accounts (business or otherwise), but the whole following – unfollowing technique is one of the most annoying thing I have ever come across. If you don’t like someone’s feed, don’t follow and expect a follow back then unfollowing them.

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Nadiža Valley and Napoleon Bridge

Nadiža River is one of the cleanest and warmest Alpine rivers. Locals also believe the river has healing powers and in the hot summer days one can sometimes gets impression that that whole nation is seekin therapy there. That’s why we came to take photos at the sunrise and since the valley is pretty narrow and that part of the river flows NE, it is not neccesary too early. Out of the season any time of the day would be fine.

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Its turqoise waters, torrential during the frequent storms, originate under the massive Stol range in Slovenia. Short after that it becomes a border river between Slovenia and Italy, than enters Slovenia again and at the foot of mount Matajur turns south, crosses the border into Italy and concludes it’s 60 kilometer journey when it joins the river Ter (Torre).

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The Nadiža has carved out pools and gorges, as well as depositing numerous shingle beaches. It’s most picturesque part is difficult to access and if you want to be more on your own, trailing by the river is the only, but very worthly solution. It is home to the marble trout, rainbow trout and the local crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes italicus. As such it is a natural paradise for bathers and fly fishermen.

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The famous stone bridge crossing the Nadiža gorge dates to around 1812 and stands mute testament to the routes crossing the area since at least the time of Ancient Rome. The bridge used to form part of the ancient route from Pradol and Robidišče along the Nadiža riverand further to the east. Current bridge was built at the time of the French emperor’s conquests, hence its name. Its uniqueness and technical accomplishment make it a precious architectural monument and a memorial to times past

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To protect the harmony between nature and the numerous visitors in the summertime, the Kobarid municipality has implemented a parking regime by the river Nadiža. There are four maintained parking lots by the river bank (in Robič,Podbela, Napoleon bridge and Logje); a parking fee applies in June, July and August.

Source: http://www.dolina-soce.com/en/

Zoran Leban Trojar, @zokus_gf

11 aplikacij, za katere je dobro vedeti, če uporabljaš Instagram

Vsak, ki nekoliko bolj resno uporablja Instagram, se slej ko prej znajde na točki, ko je njegov telefonski zaslon poln aplikacij, s katerimi se fotografije obdeluje, reže, sestavlja in iz njih ustvarja skoraj vse, kar si nekdo zaželi. Nabor možnosti je namreč skorajda neskončen. Sama sem skozi to fazo šla že pred časom, sedaj pa opažam, da imam na telefonu bistveno manj aplikacij, v prvi vrsti pa tiste, ki jih uporabljam dnevno in ki mi olajšajo uporabo Instagrama tako v osebne kot poslovne namene.

Med obema skupinama aplikacij obstaja bistvena razlika; Fotografije, ki jih objavljam na svojem privatnem profilu – spreminjam, fotografije, ki so za objavo na profilih, ki jih zgolj upravljam, ostanejo take kot so. V tem primeru mi aplikacije zgolj olajšajo delo pri objavi, torej – pripravo same fotografije, dodajanje besedila ali ustvarjanje kolažev, ko je to potrebno. Takih aplikacij ni prav veliko;

Instagram:
Ja, Instagram. Pomembno se mi namreč zdi izpostaviti, da Instagram uporabljam izključno na telefonu, spletna verzija je zame praktično neuporabna. Vse fotografije, ki jih delim na profilih kot so @igslovenia, @snappguides.co, @dof_addicts … so posnetki telefonskega zaslona (screenshots), ki jih zgolj obrežem. Dodam jim besedilo, ki ga imam že pripravljenega v telefonski beležnici, in to je to. Časovno zagotovo najmanj zamudno opravilo, kvaliteta fotografij ostaja zadovoljiva, fotografije pa niso prelepljenje z napisi razno raznih aplikacij za ponovno deljenje (repostanje) kot so Repost, Repost & Regram, Instagrab in druge.
Komentiranje, všečkanje in spremljanje fotografij, ki me zanimajo, je prav tako najmanj zamudno na telefonu, sploh odkar Instagram omogoča, da na en profil povežemo še 4 druge.

InfinitGallery:
Na prvo žogo le ena izmed mnogih aplikacij, ki so slab posnetek Instagrama in ki omogočajo zgolj brskanje po profilih, všečkanje ter komentiranje fotografij. Za nič od naštetega te aplikacije ni vredno uporabljati, ima pa svojo malo (in nadvse uporabno) skrivnost; Omogoča kopiranje komentarjev, kar pride hudo prav, kadar naletiš na kak nabor značk (hahstagov), ki jih potrebuješ ali je kje tekst, ki bi ti prišel prav. Če upravljaš številne profile in če dnevno iščeš nabore značk, ki jih moraš prilagajati posamezni objavi, te ta aplikacija lahko odreši marsikatere muke in prihrani marsikatero minuto, celo uro dela.
Aplikacija je uporabna tudi v primeru, da te zanima natančno število sledilcev. Instagram jih namreč po številki 10.000 začne zaokroževati na stotice.

Phonto:
Phonto je na mojem telefonu bolj kot ne samo zato, ker sem na to aplikacijo najprej naletela, ko sem potrebovala nekaj, s čimer bom na fotografijo dodajala besedilo. Verjamem, da jih je tam zunaj še veliko, ki omogočajo prav to in so verjetno bolj dodelane kot Phonto. Vseeno; Aplikacija je dovolj preprosta, omogoča zadostno izbiro fontov, poravnavo, postavitev in velikost besedila. Možnosti dodatnega debeljenja, senčenja in barvanja črk seveda obstaja, kar povsem zadošča, da fotografijo pripraviš za napoved kakega fotografskega izziva ali srečanja. Besedilo na fotografije namreč dodajam res redko, veliko raje besede pustim tam, kamor sodijo, torej med komentarji.

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LiveCollage:
Velja enako, kot pri aplikaciji Phonto. Ko sem iskala nekaj, s čimer bi lahko sestavljala kolaže fotografij, mi je LiveCollage prišel pod prste med prvimi. Kadar želim sestaviti kolaž, mi ponuja čisto preveč možnosti in oblik združevanja fotografij, od preprostih, klasičnih kvadratov do odbitih, tematskih shem, ki znajo zabavati (predvidevam) predvsem mlajše uporabnike. Možnost, da kolaž fotografij dodatno obdelujem (nastavljanje ostrine, dodajanje in oblikovanje robov, popravki ozadja) pride prav predvsem takrat, ko mi naročnik dostavi fotografije slabše kvalitete. Relativno velik nabor nalepk spet ni nekaj, kar pogosto uporabljam, a zagotovo zadošča, kadar želim v objavo vnesti malo sproščenosti ali humorja.

Squaready:
To je aplikacija, ki služi preprostemu namenu – obrezovanju fotografij. Predvsem, ker vsebuje določene prednastavljene dimenzije, možnost zrcaljenja in obračanja, je bolj uporabna kot preprosto urejanje fotografij v albumih. Kadar objavljam fotografije za naročnike, ki jih zbiram po značkah (hashtagih), jih tako vedno obrežem in preverim preko vmesnika tineye.com, ki mi pove, ali obstaja možnost, da je fotografija ukradena ali ne.

Teh 5 aplikacij predstavlja vse, kar potrebujem za upravljanje različnih Instagram profilov. Vseh ne uporabljam vedno, jih je pa fino imeti nekje blizu. Vse ostalo, kar se valja po mojem telefonu, uporabljam za obdelavo svojih fotografij. Teh aplikacij pa je nekoliko več:)

Snapseed:
Snapseed je zagotovo prva, najljubša in zame najpomembnejša aplikacija. Sploh, ker so prav vse moje fotografije narejene le z uporabo telefona (prej Iphone 4, sedaj Iphone 6) in ker obožujem fotografije pokrajine (za kar telefon pač ni najboljša izbira). Snapseed mi omogoča, da fotografije izostrim, jim dodam odtenek barve ali (še raje) barvo odvzamem. Poleg najpogostejših funkcij (ostrenje, saturacija, svetloba, kontrast) mi velikokrat pride prav tudi možnost, da kako drobno napako na fotografiji popravim (funkcija – healing).

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LensLight & LensFlare:
Dve različni, čeprav zelo zelo podobni aplikaciji vsebujeta možnost dodajanja (svetlobnih) učinkov na fotografije. Izbiraš lahko med različnimi oblikami virov svetlobe (ki jih poljubno spreminjaš) kot so žarki, sonce, svetleče linije … Skorajda nikoli ne uporabim nobene od možnosti zgolj tako, da jo ‘prilepim’ na fotografijo, z malo igranja namreč dosežeš veliko boljši rezultat, s katerim lahko dodatno osvetliš ali poudariš kak del fotografije. Tudi filtri, ki so v obeh aplikacijah na razpolago, so včasih (za razliko od Instagramovih) precej uporabni.

AlienSky:
AlienSky je aplikacija, ki je skorajda nikoli ne uporabljam. Na mojem telefonu je bolj kot ne opomnik, kaj vse se da na fotografijo – prilepiti. AlienSky je izmed vseh aplikacij, ki omogočajo dodajanje elementov na fotografije, najbolj realistična, omogoča dovolj prilagoditev in popravkov, najbolj pogosto pa se jo uporablja, ko na fotografijo želimo dodati hudo luno, sonce ali ozvezdje. Na razpolago je res veliko elementov, večina njih, kot že ime aplikacije namiguje, pa je bolj primernih za kako znastvenofantastično obdelavo. Vseeno; ko naslednjič uzrete hudo fotografijo Jamnika ali Bleda z neverjetno luno v ozadju – AlienSky je najverjetneje ‘kriv’, da se je ta luna znašla tam.
V kolikor vas zamika igranje z aplikacijo AlienSky, velja preveriti tudi MasterFx in vse njegove izpeljanke (TapFx, WowFx …)

Rays:
Bodimo pošteni, skoraj in povsem neuporabna aplikacija, dokler nimaš pred seboj fotografije sončnih žarkov. S pametno uporabo aplikacije Rays lahko obstoječe žarke poudariš ravno toliko, da pričaraš pravo umetnino.

ImageBlender:
Kolikokrat ste na Instagramu že opazili fotografijo, ki je skoraj črno-bela, izstopa pa neka barvna podrobnost, kot je dežnik, lepa obleka ali kaj podobnega? No, temu služi Image Blender. Omogoča namreč, da dve fotografiji združiš v eno. Ena je lahko črno-bela, druga barvna, z nekoliko truda in ‘maskiranja’ pa fotografiji združiš na način, da izstopa le to, kar si si izbral. Fotografije običajno združujem, kadar želim nekaj umakniti v ozadje (razbarvati) in nečemu barvo dodati, a to je zgolj moja praksa. Čeprav je aplikacija plačljiva, je vredna dolarja ali dveh, saj za razliko od ostalih brezplačnih ‘blenderjev’ delo opravi – kot se šika.

 

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AfterFocus:
Po mojem mnenju najbolj uporabna aplikacija, v kolikor želiš del fotografije izostriti, ostalo pa pustiti zamegljeno. Aplikacija omogoča dovolj natančno določanje (izbiranje), kaj si želimo imeti ostro (v fokusu), kaj bi zameglili in kako naj izgleda prehod iz ostrine proti ozadju. Sama jo res redko uporabim, podobno, kot pri ImageBlender aplikaciji; Kadar imam na fotografiji preveč podrobnosti in bi želela nekaj izpostaviti in drugo umakniti – igračkanje z ostrino je lahko ena od možnosti.

AntiCrop:
Hudo, hudo preprosta (površna?) aplikacija, ki sem jo s telefona že velikokrat zbrisala, pa prav vsakič spet poiskala in na novo naložila. Zakaj? Vsakomur se je že kdaj zgodilo, da fotografija, ko jo je poskusil objaviti, nekako ni šla v ‘Instagram okvir’. Na eni strani bi potreboval samo malo več neba, na drugi mogoče malo več obale ali kak oblak. AntiCrop naredi prav to – fotogragrafijo poveča, kopira tisto, kar na fotografiji je in to razširi, do-riše, če bi ta izraz obstajal:) Tako dobimo več neba, več trave ali več morja. Seveda ta aplikacija absolutno ni primerna za kake podrobnosti na fotografiji in v takem primeru bo dodani del fotografije samo grda packa. V kolikor pa širimo kak preprost motiv, kot je modro nebo, pa to nekako gre. Vsaj meni:)

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Za vse naštete aplikacije velja – to so telefonske aplikacije, namenjene igranju s fotografijami, ki jih bomo objavili na Instagramu. Gre za fotografije nižje resolucije oziroma slabše kvalitete, fotografije, ki si jih ogledujemo na telefonu in ne na velikih zaslonih.
Vsake toliko me kak ‘resen’ fotograf seveda grdo gleda, ker to, kar počnemo mi, ‘instagramerji’, je pač packanje fotografij. Vedno znova mu zastavim isto vprašanje: V čem je razlika med mojo fotografijo, ki sem ji dvignila kontrast in spustila saturacijo z aplikacijo Snapseed in tvojo, ki si jo obdelal s Photoshopom do točke, da z originalom nima velike zveze?
Kar hočem povedati je preprosto; Fotografije se obdeluje, ne glede na to, ali se jih objavlja v galerijah ali telefonih. Vprašanje, ki ostaja, je le – kaj mi je všeč in kaj ne. Tako kot fotograf stoji za svojo fotografijo v galeriji, tako jaz moram stati za fotografijo, ki jo objavim na Instagramu. Na koncu koncev so kupci ali pa sledilci tisti, ki izberejo, kaj jim je všeč. In v obeh primerih – v galeriji in na Instagramu – ima vsak od nas možnost, da se obrne stran.
Ne glede na to, da sem naštela kar nekaj aplikacij, ki lahko bistveno spremenijo fotografije (na boljše ali pa na slabše, da ne bo pomote), se držim pravila, da je manj več. Preveč obdelane fotografije, s hudo navito saturacijo, razni HDR filtri ali pa v številnih aplikacijah tako priljubljena funkcija ‘drama’ prepogosto namreč fotografijo spremenijo v zrnat zmazek, ki ni vreden objave. Tudi na Instagramu ne:)

 

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Sanja Leban Trojar / @sanya_lt

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Ljubljana, 14. 2. 2016, by @sanya_lt

Meet Ed Norton, amazing (Lonely Planet) photographer, who loves extreme sports, thinks people in Bovec are really nice, whereas caves in Slovenia – not so much. It  was an honour (& fun!) talking to him and finding out lots about photography; Instagram and his cool mum:)) Thank you so much, Ed!

First of all – can you tell us something about yourself? Who are you, what do you do?

My name’s Ed Norton and I’m a travel photographer working for Lonely Planet / Getty Images. I’m originally from the South West of England from a city called Bristol but I am now based in London.

OK, Lonely Planet! To an amateur photographer this seems like a dream job. Is it?

It certainly is a dream job! There is a lot of hard work that comes with it though. I often work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. At least half my time is spent in a dark room alone editing and labelling my images. If you don’t enjoy your own company then it’s definitely not for you! Photography is my life and when I’m not working, I’m learning or researching. I literally never stop doing either of those things and I absolutely love it. You absolutely have to love what you do. Don’t ever chase money. That will follow if you’re passionate about it.

Although I got a contract with Lonely Planet I was still essentially freelance. I’m completely self-taught in photography and had to do the same with the business side of things. Without any guidance you have to be really self-motivated and willing to take risks. People always say ‘you’re so lucky’. I personally prefer to keep the word luck out of my life as it implies that things happen by chance and without your involvement. I prefer to see it that you’re dealt a hand in life, without comparing it to anyone else you make the best out of it and create your own opportunities. Things don’t just fall in your lap, you need to be out there being as proactive as you can. Oh, and always remember that failure is all part of the fun of it! Handle failure with a positive attitude and learn from your mistakes and you can do anything you want in life.

 



Do you travel a lot? How you pick your traveling destination?

I used to travel pretty much full time but slowed down over the past 3 years. I still got away 4-8 times a year but sometimes shorter trips. From March 2016 I’ll be back on the road again and exploring the world full time for a couple of years at least.

Your Instagram profile is full of amazing photos from Slovenia. Can you tell us a little bit about – how you came across Slovenia, when did you decide to visit and what places did you see?

I’m not sure how I decided on Slovenia exactly, it was a case of looking at a map and picking somewhere new. I also tend to check flight prices to European countries to see what’s good at the moment. Wiz Air do flights from London from £35 (return!). I didn’t know too much on what to expect with Slovenia and had only really seen photos from Lake Bled. That alone looked beautiful so I decided to do some more research on Slovenia. The rest is history!



Where did you find information about Slovenia? How did you decide what to see?

Lonely Planet of course 🙂 I then go for some visual inspiration and use platforms like Instagram, 500px, Google Images to look for things to see – if you like to travel then make sure you follow travel photographers as they’ll do all the research for you! I’ll then read blogs, travel forums, articles to get other information and piece it all together.

What was your favourite place in Slovenia? What would you say is ‘a must see’ place in Slovenia … especially if you are a photographer?

That’s a tough one to answer as I loved everything I saw! Ljubljana is an amazing city, great relaxed atmosphere and friendly people (and amazing food!). I fell in love with Lake Bled. It’s just postcard perfect! Bovec was amazing as well! The people were so friendly, the extreme sports, scenery (especially the view from the top of Mangart!) I need to go back to explore more!

Is there a place or thing that you would say – skip it? Why?

Predjama Castle was great to see for a flying visit. The tour was interesting enough but the tour of the caves underneath wasn’t that great. But it’s a minor really! It’s a truly stunning country!

 

 

Back to photography; What equipment do you use for taking photos?

Most of my work is taken on a Canon 6D. I have a range of lenses ranging from 16mm and all the way to 400mm. What I pack in my bag depends on the trip.

What does photography mean to you?

Everything! I constantly have to pinch myself that I’m able to travel the world and take photos, combining 2 of my 3 biggest passions (the 3rd being music!). We all share a beautiful world together. My aim is to try and inspire people to explore it as much as they can as well!

Can you describe us your photography style?

Colourful! I guess that comes from growing up in England where grey is what I’m used to! I also spend a lot of time perfecting the details of my images. It’s not something you’ll notice on Instagram but when my work is printed out you’ll notice the sharpness, textures and details that I bring out.

 

 


How did you end up on Instagram?

Ha! Believe it or not it was actually my mum who introduced me to Instagram. I didn’t listen to her for a while as your mum isn’t meant to know what’s cool is she?! Turns out she is quite cool and I should have listened to her from the start. I set up my account about 3 years ago but have only really been using it properly over the last 8 months.

Do you use any other social media channel? If yes – can you compare the experience with using Instagram?

I have a Facebook page  and Twitter account. Instagram however is my favourite. The community is much more engaged. It’s a visual platform only so you know what you’re getting in your feed and you can tailor to suit you. One post can be and amazing photographer from New York and the next you’re taken away to the top of a mountain in the Himalayas. Travelling the world at the flick of a screen!

How often do you publish photos on Instagram? Do you interact with other people on Instagram?

1-3 times a day. When I’m not posting I’m looking at other peoples work and trying to find new amazing photographers to follow. I interact as much as I can, especially with my own followers. There are loads of names that ‘like’ my posts that have been there from the very start which is amazing.

What would you say are the most important ‘rules’ that every Instagrammer must follow? Or – it would be good to follow?

Apart from the usual don’t post more than 3 times a day I’d say keep the camera facing forward and show the world how you see it! Stop trying to copy the people and be like a ‘celebrity’, your life is probably a lot more interesting than you think! Basically, don’t post selfies unless they’re funny!

 

To find more about Ed & his work – check his web page!

Krnsko jezero Lake

Krnsko jezero Lake is a glacial lake situated under Mount Krn (2244 m). It is the largest alpine lake in Slovenia & it lies at an altitude of 1391 metres. Krnsko jezero lake is 400 metres long, 150 metres wide and up to 17 metres deep.

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There are many paths going to the lake but we (as most of the visitors) choose the one from Dr. Klemen Jug House in Lepena. It took as a little more than 2 hours to get to the lake. The path is clearly marked, rocky trail that mostly leads through beautiful forest.

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The lake is surrounded by some really amazing mountains, Mount Krn being the king of them all. You can spend a night or two in the nearby mountain hut and take some trips to the mountains around. If you want to see the lake at its best and take the best photos, sleeping in the hut is a must since nothing beats the sunset and the magnificent reflection of the nearby summits in the water.

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During the day you can also make yourself a ‘history tour’, since the memory of the Isonzo Front is kept alive by the remains of fire trenches, caverns and wire fences that you can find all around.

If you are thinking about swimming in the lake – forget it! 🙂 Swimming in the lake is not permitted, as it could endanger its sensitive water ecosystem.

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The plural name of the Krnska jezera lakes refers to the Veliko (Krnsko) jezero lake, the Dupeljsko jezero lake and the smaller Jezero v Lužnici lake. You can find both nearby.
For more information about the place (accommodation & food) check this page.
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