This is a view from the village of Polje, Slovenia, to the northwest towards the Julian Alps shot just before sunset merged into twilight the night before last, Piran Café’s 1,000th straight (!) Pic du Jour.
It’s not my favorite of the images I’ve posted here every day since January 3, 2014, but it will remain memorable for the experience the technique afforded me.
Shooting a string of about a dozen long exposures –some, like this one lasting more than more than three minutes– allowed the pleasure of watching the gently shifting clouds roll off and around the mountain peaks as the natural illumination gently shifted just as quickly and casually. Seeing not through the narrow confines of a viewfinder, but standing upright, savoring the moments, breathing it all in — with the cows coming home the scene’s sole soundtrack.
There wasn’t enough variety of color during the sunset to make the kind of image I was hoping would emerge, but I’ll take it. Anytime I’m able to spend 48 or so hours in and around Slovenia’s Lake Bohinj area is a blessing. It’s my favorite corner of Slovenia, one that provides ample evidence to make this quote by poet Gary Snyder ring true (at least to me): Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
That’s always how I feel in this area, even when exploring and discovering new nooks, valleys, pastures and meadows. There’s a comfortable familiarity even with the unknown when I’m there, whether hiking, biking, driving or walking, one I haven’t felt anywhere else in the world. I left this morning and already miss it. I’ve got a strong hunch that a greater portion of the next 1,000 images will be from Slovenia’s Bohinj area.
A map of the area is below. Play around with the 3D view to get a better feel.
For the record: Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,000th (!) straight, was snapped in the village of Polje, Slovenia, on 27 September 2016.
- ISO 100
- With an 8-stop neutral density filter