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BLED

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from Cafe BelvedereDudarev Mikhai/Shutterstock

Bled

35 views to photograph
from OjstricaHotice Hsu/Flickr
from OsojnicaWalkerssk/Pixabay
from Tourist Information CentreMihael Grmek/Wikipedia
with castle on rightFesus Robert/Shutterstock
with mountains and townKy0n Cheng/Flickr
with stairway centerLars Plougmann/Wikipedia
Bled Castle and town from Bled IslandMilo van Kovacevic/Flickr
Mary Pilgrimage ChurchRichd777/Flickr
Radovna BridgeBorshop/Wikipedia
Saint Catherine ChurchImke Stahlmann/Wikipedia
with castle on leftOleksandr Iskander/Flickr
with St. Martin’s ChurchGuido Sorarù/Flickr
with stairway on leftVBosica/Pixabay
footbridge verticalZairon/Wikipedia
Provost’s HouseŽiga/Wikipedia
St. Martin’s Parish ChurchOliver-Bonjoch/Wikipedia

Contents

Map

About PhotoSecrets

 
 
 
 

Foreword

A great travel photo­graph, like a great news photo­graph, requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to wander around, track down every potential viewpoint, and essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. It’s like having a professional location scout in your camera bag. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Welcome

Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic shots, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Get ideas for comp­osition and interesting viewpoints. See what piques your interest. Know what to shoot, where to stand, when to go, and why it’s interesting. Now you can spend less time researching and more time photographing.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. Twenty-plus years later, you have this guide. Thanks!

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 38 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.

Introduction

At a Glance

Name:Bled
GPS:46.3688028, 14.1139750
Fame:Picturesque lake
Country:Slovenia
Region:Upper Carniola
First mentioned:1004
Distance from capital:about 50 km (31 mi)
Length of lake:2.12 kilometres (1.32 mi)
Tasty pastry:Cremeschnitte

Bled is a town on Lake Bled in the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia.

Lake Bled

From Osojnica

Bled > Lake Bled

Lake Bled viewed from the hill of Osojnica is a spectacular sight, combining the glacial lake, the picturesque Bled Island, and the Karawanks mountains on the Austrian border. The steep hike takes about one hour to reach the 756m-high peak.

Addr:Mala Osojnica,
4260 Bled,
Slovenia
Where:46.357752
14.081571
When:AfternoonLook:Northeast ↗
Far:0.83 km (0.51 miles)

From Ojstrica

Bled > Lake Bled

Ojstrica is a 611 m high hill to the north of Osojnica which amply rewards the 20-minute hike.

Addr:Where:46.359625
14.078668
When:AfternoonLook:East-northeast
Far:0.92 km (0.57 miles)

Bled Island

Views

From west

With swan boats

Bled > Bled Island > views > west

Delightful wooden Swan Boats provide a foreground to Bled Island from the western shore of Lake Bled.

Addr:Where:46.3624065
14.082291
When:AfternoonLook:East →
Far:0.60 km (0.37 miles)

With castle on left

Bled > Bled Island > views > west

The west bank of Lake Bled offers a view of Bled Island with Bled Castle on the left.

Addr:Where:46.361658
14.084781
When:AfternoonLook:East-northeast
Far:420 m (1360 feet)

Sunset

Wide

From southwest

With mountains and town

Bled > Bled Island > views > southwest

From the southwest shore, Bled Island can be combined with the town of Bled, here shown at dusk.

Addr:Where:46.3587185
14.0856164
When:AnytimeLook:Northeast ↗
Far:0.55 km (0.34 miles)

From south

With castle on right

Bled > Bled Island > views > south

The south bank of Lake Bled offers a classic combination of Bled Island, Bled Castle on the right, and Mount Stol (or Hochstuh) which, at 2,236 m (7,336 ft), is the highest mountain of the Karawanks.

Addr:Where:46.358672
14.091189
When:MorningLook:North ↑
Far:430 m (1400 feet)

Ideas for castle on right

With stairway center

Bled > Bled Island > views > south

Bled Island has a Baroque stairway dating from 1655 with 99 stone steps leading up to the Assumption of Mary Church and its 52 m (171 ft) tower.

Addr:Where:46.358295
14.089982
When:AfternoonLook:North ↑
Far:430 m (1410 feet)

From Cafe Belvedere

Bled > Bled Island > views > south

Café Belvedere (Kavarna Belvedere) on the south shore of Lake Bled has an elevated view of Bled Island and its red rooftops.

Addr:Cesta Svobode 18,
4260 Bled,
Slovenia
Where:46.358868
14.091848
When:AnytimeLook:North-northwest
Far:410 m (1330 feet)

From southeast

With stairway on left

Bled > Bled Island > views > southeast

The grounds of Vila Bled Hotel offer the closest view of Bled Island, with the stairway on the left.

Addr:Where:46.359553
14.092315
When:MorningLook:North-northwest
Far:360 m (1190 feet)

Wide

Stairway

Bled > Bled Island

An imposing stairway leads to the top of Bled Island.

Addr:Where:46.361558
14.090105
What:StairwayWhen:Morning
Look:North ↑Far:40 m (140 feet)

Ideas for stairway

Square

Bled > Bled Island

A public square on Bled Island features a restaurant and views of the Provost’s House and church.

Addr:Where:46.362063
14.090298
When:MorningLook:North-northwest
Far:30 m (110 feet)

Mary Pilgrimage Church

Bled > Bled Island > square

Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church (Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria, Cerkev Marijinega Vnebovzetja) is a church on Bled Island in Bled Lake. The church was built in its current form near the end of the 17th century, and decorated with remains of Gothic frescos from around 1470 in the presbyterium and rich Baroque equipment. The church has a 52 m (171 ft) tower. The church is frequently visited and weddings are held there regularly. Traditionally it is considered good luck for the groom to carry his bride up the steps on the day of their wedding before ringing the bell and making a wish inside the church.

Addr:Bled Island,
Bled
Where:46.362067
14.090266
What:ChurchWhen:Morning
Look:North ↑Far:40 m (140 feet)
AKA:Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria, Cerkev Marijinega VnebovzetjaWik:Lake_Bled#Bled_Island

Altar

Bled > Bled Island > square > Mary Pilgrimage Church
Addr:Where:46.362536
14.09032
What:AltarWhen:Anytime
Look:West-southwest Far:18 m (59 feet)

Stairs

Bled > Bled Island > square > Mary Pilgrimage Church
Addr:Where:46.362663
14.089778
What:StairsWhen:Afternoon
Look:South ↓Far:40 m (130 feet)

Saint Mary

Bled > Bled Island > square

Saint Mary (Sv. Marija) is a statue in the courtyard on Bled Island, facing the Provost’s House.

Addr:Where:46.362182
14.090137
What:StatueWhen:Afternoon
Look:East →Far:15 m (49 feet)

Provost’s House

Bled > Bled Island > square
Addr:Where:46.362267
14.090443
What:BuildingWhen:Morning
Look:West-southwest Far:30 m (100 feet)

View of Bled Castle

Bled > Bled Island

Bled Island has a great view of Bled Castle on a precipice against the Karawanks mountains.

Addr:Where:46.362922
14.090137
When:AfternoonLook:Northeast ↗
Far:1.11 km (0.69 miles)

Bled Castle and town from Bled Island

Bled > Bled Island > Bled Castle
Addr:Where:46.362932
14.090131
When:AfternoonLook:Northeast ↗
Far:1.37 km (0.85 miles)

Bled Castle

Views

From Tourist Information Centre

Bled > Bled Castle > views
Addr:Where:46.3669804
14.1080252
When:MorningLook:West-northwest
Far:0.66 km (0.41 miles)

Ideas for from Tourist Information Centre

With lake

Bled > Bled Castle > views > Tourist Information Centre
Addr:Where:46.3677244
14.1084031
When:MorningLook:West-northwest
Far:0.64 km (0.40 miles)

With St. Martin’s Church

Bled > Bled Castle > views
Addr:Park ob obali Blejskega jezera,
4260 Bled,
Slovenia
Where:46.3691991
14.1070491
When:AnytimeLook:West ←
Far:0.49 km (0.31 miles)

Courtyard

Bled > Bled Castle
Addr:Where:46.369767
14.101043
What:CourtyardWhen:Morning
Look:Northwest ↖Far:40 m (120 feet)

Bled Castle Museum

Bled > Bled Castle > courtyard
Addr:4260 Bled,
Slovenia
Where:46.369569
14.100454
What:MuseumWhen:Anytime
Look:North ↑Far:30 m (110 feet)

Well

Bled > Bled Castle > courtyard
Addr:Where:46.369667
14.100829
What:WellWhen:Afternoon
Look:North-northeast Far:6 m (20 feet)

Tower

Bled > Bled Castle
Addr:Where:46.369827
14.101182
What:TowerWhen:Afternoon
Look:South-southeast Far:24 m (79 feet)

St. Martin’s Parish Church

4 St. Martin’s Parish Church is the parish church of the Parish of Bled.

Addr:Where:46.3705139
14.1043694
What:ChurchWhen:Anytime
Wik:St._Martin%27s_Parish_Church_(Bled)

Saint Catherine Church

stands above the village of Zasip, about 2 km (1.2 mi) north of Bled. It is an old pilgrimage church, dating from around 1400 with some early 16th- century additions and 18th-century renovations.

Addr:4260 Bled,
Slovenia
Where:46.394293
14.10762
What:ChurchWhen:Afternoon
Look:East-northeast Far:40 m (120 feet)
AKA:Cerkev Sv. KatarinaWik:Zasip#History

Ideas for Saint Catherine Church

Vintgar Gorge

Path

Bled > Vintgar Gorge

Until 1890, the gorge was mainly inaccessible, except for two points at which the Radovna could be reached, and a bridge over Šum Falls was already built in 1878. The rest of the gorge was explored in 1891 by the mayor of Gorje, Jakob Žumer, and by Benedikt Lergetporer, a prominent photographer of the era.

In 1893 the gorge was equipped with wooden observation walkways and bridges with great effort and was opened to the public on August 26, 1893. The walkways, which were later named Žumer Galleries (Žumrove galerije ) in the most prominent part of the gorge, have been renovated several times since.

A hydroelectric dam has also been built below the gorge and an arch railway bridge for the Bohinj Railway. The bridge, built in 1904 and 1905 of cut stone, is the largest stone arch railway bridge preserved in its entirety in Slovenia. It is 65 m (213 ft) long, 4.5 m (15 ft) wide and 33 m (108 ft) high.

Addr:Where:46.395036
14.086667
What:PathWhen:Anytime
Wik:Vintgar_Gorge#History

Ideas for path

Footbridge

Bled > Vintgar Gorge
Addr:Where:46.3980865
14.0895815
What:FootbridgeWhen:Morning
Look:Southwest ↙Far:110 m (340 feet)

Ideas for footbridge

Footbridge vertical

Bled > Vintgar Gorge
Addr:Where:46.3980865
14.08958152
What:FootbridgeWhen:Morning
Look:Southwest ↙Far:110 m (340 feet)

Šum Falls

Bled > Vintgar Gorge

Šum Falls (literally, ‘noisy falls’), at 13 m (43 ft), is the largest river waterfall in Slovenia.

Addr:Where:46.400658
14.098903
What:WaterfallWhen:Afternoon
Look:Northeast ↗Far:25 m (82 feet)
AKA:Noisy FallsWik:Vintgar_Gorge

Ideas for Šum Falls

Radovna Bridge

Bled > Vintgar Gorge

Stone arch railway bridge over a weir in the Radovna River.

Addr:Where:46.4002762
14.0977898
What:BridgeWhen:Morning
Look:West-northwest Far:50 m (150 feet)

Credits

Thank you to the many wonderful people and companies that made their work available to use in this guide.

Photo key: Tap the camera icon to see the photo. The two letters reference the distributor and license. Key for distributors: f:Flickr; p:Pixabay; s:Shutterstock; w:Wikipedia. Key for license: a:CC-BY-SA; b:CC-BY; c:CC-PD; h:Shutterstock standard; m:public domain; o:CC0.

Cover image by .Eneko Bidegain ( wb); Borshop ( fc); Ky0n Cheng ( wm); E-Klasse2010 ( wb); Erik ( wa); Mihael Grmek ( fa); Hotice Hsu ( fa); Oleksandr Iskander ( wb); Nikolai Karaneschev ( wb); Milo Van Kovacevic ( wb); Lienyuan Lee ( sh); Dudarev Mikhai ( fb); Milo van Kovacevic ( wb); Tom Mrazek ( wa); Mrpanygoff ( wa); Nocanguru ( wa); Oliver-Bonjoch ( fb); Erik Paakspuu ( wa); Lars Plougmann ( fb); Bryan Pocius ( fa); Richd777 ( fa); Ciaran Roarty ( sh); Fesus Robert ( wa); Rosino ( wa); Amanda Slater ( fb); Guido Sorarù ( fa); Guillaume Speurt ( wa); Imke Stahlmann ( po); User12019 ( po); VBosica ( fa); Vicente Villamón ( po); Walkerssk ( wa); Own Work ( wb); Yeowatzup ( po); YourMonica ( wa); Zairon ( wm); Žiga ( wm). Some text adapted from Wikipedia and its contributors where noted by the URL path in the “Wik” table field, used and modified under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) license. Map data from OpenStreetMap and its contributors, used under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL).

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