Why are Plitvice lakes so popular? Nature is the best showman, never disappointing the viewer. No matter how many times we’ve seen the lakes, there is always something different and new. The changing seasons, the rising and falling water levels, color of light in different time of day… A refreshing place to be, at anytime. Join us on the Plitvice photo tour.
The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. The lakes are renown for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. The park has been under UNESCO protection since 1979.
A tour of the lakes easily takes all day, if you feel like walking all the trails. You can speed up your visit by using shortcuts run by boats across the major lakes. But take your time, sit by the waterfalls and get your face wet. When hungry, visit the Lička kuća restaurant for some local delicacies. When tired, make your stops short or else the daylight will hide behind the surrounding tall hills.
On our way to Plitvice, we will warm up our feet and cameras at the Rastoke village. Famous for its watermills, it was constructed on the Sljunčica river, at the point where it enters the Korana river.
Required experience and equipment
All levels of photography experience are welcome, the tour leader will adapt to your knowledge and needs. Bring comfortable shoes for walking and moderate trails. Your camera bag, tripod and any other equipment should not be too heavy or large. Avoid rolling photo bags, use smaller backpacks. Polarizing and ND filters, as well as macro lenses are recommended, but not necessary. Don’t bring a bathing suit, swimming is prohibited in Plitvice lakes! However, if you insist, we can take a dip in the Korana river during July and August
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER GUIDES
What better way is there to see Croatia than with a photographer whose job is to travel and explore. Igor Nobilo made photography his profession 18 years ago. Since then he has traveled extensively across Croatia and beyond on assignments and for fun. He has a passion for reportage and exploring the world around us. His expertise in photography enables him to provide a wide range of educational and practical lessons. He actively engages in photo workshops for aspiring photographers and has excellent English skills from his life in the United States. Check him out at www.igornobilo.info.
Julien Duval is a French photographer specializing in travel and concert photography. After obtaining a geography degree in France, he came to Croatia for an internship and fell in love with the country. He has explored Croatia for 7 years and captured with his camera its amazing scenery. His clients mainly include tourist boards, tourists agencies and musicians. His work is regularly published in Croatian, French and international media. You can find his work here.