seasonal lakes
One Day
photography
workshop

Ian Middleton: Photography - one day Photography Workshop & Course

one or half day

easy-moderate

November to February

Seasonal Lakes of Slovenia:

Join one of my unique one day photography workshop in the Slovenian karst region of the west are a number of seasonal lakes, the most famous being Lake Cerknica, but there are also the lesser known Pivka Lakes. When these lakes fill up, normally in December (but sometimes it’s earlier), they make superb photographic locations for landscapes and reflections.


Palcje Lake is a hidden secret. Lying in a small basin this is a lovely, tranquil location surrounded by gorgeous karst hills. In late autumn, early spring the colours provide ideal conditions for stunning backdrops.


Cerknica is the most famous of these seasonal lakes and offers some stunning sunrise and sunset opportunities.


An early morning (pre dawn) or late evening one day workshop is available, subject to conditions, at one of these lakes:. The location will be decided closer to the date, as the conditions vary according to the weather. Naturally being seasonal lakes they are very much dependent on the rain, so be aware that your workshop may be cancelled or re-scheduled if all the lakes are empty due to lack of rain.


You can also swap to a different workshop location should there be no water in the lakes.

Workshop type

Private one day photography workshop for
one or two people booking together

AVAILABLE AS

One day (8 hours)

Half day (4 hours)

Dates

On request

Prices

Full day (8 Hours)Half day (4 Hours)
TypePrice (Euros)Price UK£TypePrice (Euros)Price UK£
Private
(1 to 1)
275 eur£250Private
(1 to 1)
175eur£150
2 people booking together350 eur£2952 people booking together250 eur£195
  • 5 star review  Excellent one-to-one photography workshop at Lake Bled, Slovenia. Not just covering the techniques but also thinking about image composition and the impact of clouds on the final result. Thoroughly enjoyable and made me rethink the way I take photographs. Thank you, Shaun

    Shaun Dunphy Avatar Shaun Dunphy
    June 11, 2018
  • 5 star review  Always look forward to Ian’s work! Absolutely stunning visual images that take me to faraway places every time.

    Rhonda Malec Avatar Rhonda Malec
    July 11, 2015
  • 5 star review  Excellent photographer, great at spotting the smaller details that make an great picture even better and is very passionate about what he does. Ian is also a great teacher – after spending a half day workshop with him I have taken away many tips and techniques that will stay with me for a very long time. Ian was very patient and explained everything in good detail

    Alex Taylor Avatar Alex Taylor
    August 16, 2016
  • 5 star review  We spent 1.5 days with Ian covering Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj and the surrounding areas. Ian knows the area incredibly well and was able to take us to the right places at the right times for the right light and did a great job of dodging the bad weather! He was incredibly helpful and informative and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend one of his workshops.

    Kirsty Simpson Avatar Kirsty Simpson
    June 11, 2018
  • positive review  I am a solo female traveller who enjoys landscape photography as a hobby and because this was my first trip abroad on my own I decided to book a one to one workshop with Ian, not just for the tuition but also to enable me to photograph in areas I would not otherwise have been able to get to and Ian also provided Hotel pick up and drop off. I attended the workshop on 23/10/2019 around Lake Bohinj in Slovenia. The workshop was originally planned for a Sunrise, however due to Ian’s knowledge he informed me the day before that storms were forecast for early morning, therefore recommended we changed to an 11.30am pickup instead and then stay out later for Sunset and the Blue Hour. When we arrived at Lake Bohinj, Ian took me a walk around various possible composition points and he was very informative in what to look for in a composition and how to research where the best light will be depending on the time of day. He gave me details of Apps he recommended for accurate weather forecasts and to advise on where the sun would rise and set etc. Although the heavy storms had passed, the sky remained very grey and cloudy most of the day, therefore Ian took me to two lakeside locations and a beautiful waterfall quite high up in the mountains where we could make the most of the moody conditions. Unfortunately the cloudy weather did not improve enough for me to photograph a Sunset, however Ian took me to a spot where I was able to photograph in the Blue Hour that follows Sunset which was a new experience for me and I learnt such a lot. Throughout the day Ian allowed me to set up my own compositions and then would advise on focal point, aperture, ISO etc. and if filters could improve the exposure depending on the light. He also gave advice on long exposures, when and when not to try them depending on the movement of the clouds and water and also how to reduce the exposure time by changing other settings on the camera. Ian’s method of teaching is excellent and he answered all my questions in an easy to understand way. Ian is a very friendly and easy to talk to guy and his expertise in landscape photography is evident. I would not hesitate to book another workshop with him.

    Lynn McIlhone Avatar Lynn McIlhone
    August 26, 2019
  • 5 star review  Captivating scenery, always fresh perspective, photography with passion, dedication and style!

    Nika Middleton Avatar Nika Middleton
    July 11, 2015

included in the price

All transport on workshop days

All tuition and guidance

Free ebook guide to photography

not included in the price

Accommodation and flights

Lunch and Dinner

Travel insurance
(Guests must ensure they have their own travel insurance)

Suitable for:

Beginners to intermediates. DSLR users ideally (but some advanced compact or bridge SLRs may suit. Contact me to discuss whether your camera is suitable or not).

difficulty level

This workshop involves a bit of walking on grassy terrain which could likely be wet and muddy. Good sturdy, water resistant boots are advised.

equipment needed

Camera (Obviously)

Tripod.

Remote shutter release cable.

Spare batteries.

Raincover (or umbrella).

equipment desired

Polarising filter

Neutral density filter

ND grad filters

Head or hand torch
(for working, and getting back to the car in the dark)

getting to slovenia

From the UK there are several direct flight to Ljubljana from London.

Wizz Air flies every other day from Luton.

Easyjet flies daily from Stansted and every one other day from Gatwick.

getting to the location

The seasonal lakes are about a 45-minute drive from Ljubljana.

what to wear

It will be winter, so warm clothes. Ideally layers that can remove or put on as we’ll either be shooting before sunrise or after sunset, when it will be colder. You will also need a raincoat.

Group bookings

Group bookings are available on request.
Contact me for more info

Booking

If you are interested in this workshop then you can enquire or book via the contact form below.

Payment

Once a booking is agreed you will be sent an invoice for payment, which must be paid at least 2 weeks before the workshop date, unless otherwise agreed or booking was made closer to the date. Payment can be made by bank transfer, paypal or personal cheque.

cancellations

If your workshop is cancelled for any reason by me then a full refund will be given, or you will have the chance to join another group. Should you cancel for any reason after payment has been made then a full refund will be given up to one week before the workshop date, but after that a full refund will only be given if I have a minimum of three people on the date of your booking.

detailed ebook

I know how hard it can be to try and scribble down notes at any kind of lesson or workshop, so to this end I have created a detailed ebook that is totally free.

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