seasonal lakes

Ian Middleton: Photography - one day Photography Workshops & Courses

one or half day


November to February

Seasonal Lakes of Slovenia:

Join one of my unique one day photography workshops 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.

Early morning (pre dawn) and late evening workshops are 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 workshop for one or two people booking together


One day (8 hours)

Half day (4 hours)


On request


Full day (8 Hours)Half day (4 Hours)
TypePrice (Euros)Price UK£TypePrice (Euros)Price UK£
(1 to 1)
275 eur£250Private
(1 to 1)
2 people booking together350 eur£2952 people booking together250 eur£195

Suitable for:

DSLR users ideally (but some advanced compact or bridge SLRs may suit. Contact me to discuss whether your camera is suitable or not). This is especially useful for compact users whose camera is not advanced enough for the beginners workshop. Instead, you can come here and learn how to get the best from your camera.

equipment needed

  • Camera (Obviously.
  • Tripod.
  • Remote shutter release cable.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Raincover (or umbrella).

equipment desired

  • Polarising filter
  • Neutral density filter
  • ND grad filters

difficulty level

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

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

Lake Cerknica is about a one-hour 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


If you are interested in this workshop then you can book now. Full payment can be made 2 weeks before the start date.


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.


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 two 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.