Quiet Contemplation

At the head of the Bohinj valley is the Savica waterfall.

When we reached it on a late March afternoon it was deserted. Confronted with a locked iron gate blocking the decent to its foot , we took the path of least resistance, climbed around and over the fences, and headed down to the waters edge.

I scrambled around, messing with tripods and searching for angles. Sam settled instead for a place for quiet contemplation. The two came together.

After 30 minutes we climbed back around the iron gate and set of down the hill; unlocked the car; found Harry where we left him; drove back to the apartment; then headed out to Ema’s for the worlds biggest pizza.

Bohinj | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls
Savica | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Savica Bohinj | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Savica Bohinj | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bohinj | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bohinj | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

These moments never seem to last long enough –  normal life soon intrudes … but at the same time, once experienced, they last a lifetime.

Shooting Notes

All photos taken with the Sigma DP1 Merril, ISO 100, with obligatory tripod.

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Shoreline

It’s the end of March. Skiers back home in the flat lands; sun seekers remain deep in hibernation.

Bars, shops, restaurants are empty. Holiday homes deserted. Tractors outnumber cars.

Lake Bohinj’s shoreline is at peace, tranquel, undisturbed; perfect.

Lake Bohinj, Landing Stage | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bohinj | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bohinj Shoreline | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bohinj | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Landing Stage, Bohinj, Slovenia | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bohinj, | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bohinj | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bohinj | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bohinj Shoreline | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bohinj | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bojinh | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Shooting notes: Shots taken with Sigma DP1 & DP3 Merrills, ISO 100, post processed in SPP and Lightroom.

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Birdseye View of Bohinj with the Sigma DP3 Merrill

A couple of weeks ago I bought a drone – the latest big thing – at the camera show in Birmingham. A two hour flight and one hour drive to Bohinj, in Slovenia, later I securely attached the Sigma DP3 Merrill to the drone ship,  powered her up, and set her off in the general direction of up.  At a height of one thousand metres, avoiding golden eagles and military jets, the crux of the flight, a careful manoeuvre to dock the Sigma with the Mefroto tripod – no point taking a chance with camera shake – and then rotate in 3D space to get into position.  One click of the wireless, fly by wire, remote shutter and job done, the only thing left was to get her home safely!

Bohinj, Slovenia | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Bohinj, Slovenia | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

And then I found out there was a cable car!

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Postcards from Slovenia

I don’t want to denigrate those photographers who make a living taking pictures for the postcard industry, in fact anyone who makes a bean from photography has my upmost respect …

Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

… but taking a post card shot, with it’s formulaic sunlit subject under a shiny blue sky, is the antithesis of what I aspire to as a photographer…

Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

… and yet … standing on the shore of Lake Bohinj on a cold March morning, the Julian Alps reflected in its clear blue waters, do I turn away and instead search for the moral high ground of fine art?

Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

No, instead I’m powerless to stop myself lifting up the camera and firing away …

Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

… and before I know it could fill a souvenir shop!

Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

In my defence, when surrounded by such incredible beauty, I defy even the most principled not to fall to their base instinct and give way to temptation …

Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

So in for a penny, in for a pound!

Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Lake Bojinh, Slovenia | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Shooting Notes

All shots taking with either the Sigma DP1 or DP3 Merrill @ 100 iso. DP1 shots are hand held; DP3 on a tripod. Post processed (slowly) in SPP and Lightroom. 

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