Category Archives: Landscape
During our visit to Croatia, we decided to visit Plitvice Lakes, famous for its enchanted waterfalls and located far away inland towards the capital city of Zagreb.
Part of Unesco World Heritage, the sixteen different lakes are interconnected by waterfalls, and the rich fauna, as well as the fairytale surrounding forests make you feel as if you had landed in the fantasy landscape from Lord of the Rings book.
We decided to stay for one night at Plitvice Lakes so I would be able to shoot the sunset and sunrise, without worrying about intendancy and early morning drive.
Having booked our hotel at Plitvice Lakes, we drove along the high speed highway, and then onto the smaller winding roads in the mountains, before reaching the lakes and our family guesthouse.
It was a real surprise to discover 400 years old farm, located inside Plitvice Lakes Park and owned generations and generations by the family of jovial Volodimir. He made us feel at home with home cooking of local delicacies and personally distilled Plum Rakia and we enjoyed his stories and hospitality as much as the actual trip to the lakes and waterfalls.
After a beautiful day on the beach, there is nothing as enjoyable as sitting by dusk on the shore, waiting for the sun to go down and watching the rocks slowly turns gold and red.
Omis Riviera is a good place to escape from urban life and its bustle. It is also a place of history, which attracted many famous historical figures and even Roman Emperors.
The amazing natural beauty of the Dalmatian coast was well known since Antiquity, when the Roman Emperor Diocletian made the place its retire from Rome. When people begged him to return to the throne in Rome, Diocletian replied: “If you could show the cabbage that I planted with my own hands to your emperor, he definitely would not dare suggest that I replace the peace and happiness of this place with the storms of a never-satisfied greed.”
To capture this sunset shot, I walked for about 10 minutes along the rocky cost. With the cicadae’s singing and pine tree breeze around me, I found the place with the best composition. Perfectly lit underwater rocks creates foreground interest and leads the eye to the rock formation in the centre and further to the Biokovo Mountains in background.
During the shoot the strange thought came to me. If Diocletian was retired here nowadays he could reply: “If you could show the photo that I captured with my own hands to your emperor, he definitely would not dare suggest that I replace the peace and happiness of this place with the storms of a never-satisfied greed.”
Omis Riviera is my favourite place in Croatia. Located in the heart of Dalmatia it stretches for twenty kilometres along a coast of exceptional beauty, with many perfect beaches, small bays, steep cliffs and crystal clean Adriatic Sea.
This area has been famous through the centuries, with the first traces dating back to the pre-historic age and of course to the Roman Empire. The stone fragments of Roman inscriptions are among the most important vestiges which can be seen today, carved during the sovereignty of Tiberius, Emperor of Rome, around 30 A.D.
The name “Omis” derives from the Illyric name “Oneon” from the Illyrian tribes of the Antiquity. This meant “little hill” and echoes to the mountain landscape and amazing canyon of river Cetina still in place today in Omis. Dalmatia in fact, was part of the Illyrian kingdom, till the Roman Republic established a protectorate on the land.
On this early June morning, following the beach shore after my first sunrise shot from the previous post, I quickly reached the stone jetty, where the fishermen of modern times enjoy docking their boats, and swimmers can also relax during the hot day.
The waters of the Adriatic Sea were so invitingly clean and crystal clear on this early morning, with their underwater shapes and huge rocks visible as if I was already inside the sea. The whole scene looked very peaceful and serene and I wanted to reflect as much as possible this amazing feel in my photo.
Everyone has their own little piece of paradise on earth. Mine is definitely located somewhere on Omis Riviera of Adriatic coast in Croatia.
How it is happen, that Croatia got such a wonderful land? An old legend says: “Once upon a time, God decided to give away lands to the different countries. The best lands went to the countries which had arrived first for the draw. Other lands went to the countries which had arrived later and the worst ones to the countries which had arrived at the very end. When the Croatians finally arrived (even later than the others) there was not even one land left for them.
So the story goes on. And the Croatian people asked, “What should we do then? Where can we settle?” To which, God replied with a smile, “Well, he said, I did store one land for myself, so I have to give it to you now!”
This way, the Croatian people, while arriving the last of all, still got the best land ever created on earth!
My early morning photo shoot started with an enjoyable walk from the house high up in the mountains to the rocky beach. Not a noise, not a person in sight, I enjoyed a blissful feeling on this quiet track through the pine trees. The clean atmosphere of a summer morning, with its rich and fantastic smell of pine, flowers and sea salt, was surrounding me with an exhilarating mood.
Biokovo Mountains ridge in sight, I deepened myself in the clear seawaters, and adjusted my composition to capture the magical light of sunrise, illuminating the white stone boat sculpture in the background.
I felt like it was the day God created this small paradise.
It is very difficult to wake up at 4-30 am in the morning and force yourself out of the warm bed into the chill of the night:) But it is also very rewarding. You can wait for the sun to come in a very beautiful place, observing serenity of the morning sea, empty beach and small sleepy village at the foot of the mountain. This is my second favourite photographic location during my summer vacations in Croatia. I used 5-stop ND filter to smooth the water and capture the mood of this beatiful morning.
This beautiful photo was captured during my summer vacations in Croatia. I lived in a lovely village located in 20 minutes drive from the town of Omis. A very quiet place with scenic rocky beach and turquoise transparent water. The beach was just 5 minutes walk from my house and there is no wonder I’ve spent a lot of time with my camera and tripod at this rocky beach. This particular photo was taken during one of the first evenings at blue hour. I used 5-stop ND filter to achieve long exposure and fast moving clouds helped me to add drama and feeling of depth to this image.