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What? St Lawrence Cathedral at night
Where? This photo was taken from the Loggia, Trogir, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Frames in context always look great. Your eye has no choice but to be drawn to the subject, St Lawrence Cathedral in the centre. This image was taken not long after sunset when there was still plenty of light in the sky, and a polarizing filter was used to being out the remaining blues in the night sky.
Nikon d700 and Tokina 17mm f/3.5 at f/18.0 30seconds ISO 200
Arrived into the historic city of Trogir today, the final stop on a quick dash up the Dalmatian Coast. Seemingly as with most ancient towns and cities in Croatia, life seems to gravitate around a central square, in which resides a stunning old Cathedral (in this case, the St Lawrence Cathedral). By day the main square is a great place to relax with a coffee, and by night, the perfect location to chill out with a Karlovacko beer and enjoy the live music.
What? Karlovacko Beer
Where? This photo was taken in a restaurant in Trogir, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
While it is important to have overviews of the places you travel to and visit, the close ups and details are equally important. Days when it rains non stop are an ideal time to focus on the details rather than the bigger picture.
Nikon d700 and 50mm f/1.4 at f/1.6 1/30s ISO 1600
Rain! And a lot of it! While the locals were overjoyed to see the first rain of the year, the tourists were naturally less excited. Unhealthy amounts of coffee, Karlovacko and chocolate ice cream however, ensured spirits were not dampened.
What? Woman selling Red Snapper at Split fish market
Where? This photo was taken at Split, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Patience and timing. Whilst it is easy to get photos like this using a 300mm lens from the opposite side of the room, I don’t personally like the feel of them. The look is intrusive and impersonal. It is a great deal harder to take them using a wide angle lens such as this at 24mm, but you feel like you are a part of the scene, waiting behind the man for your turn to haggle for your dinner!
Nikon d700 and 24-70mm f/2.8 at 24mm f/2.8 1/60s ISO 200
Rain! And a lot of it! …not a mistype, just a serious amount more rain! Visiting Split as a day trip form Trogir is a great way to see the city, especially if you’re about to leave Croatia, as Split airport is actually closer to Trogir. Managed to see most of the main sites in Split today despite the torrential down pour. Don’t miss the fish market, which is a very pungent and full on feast for the senses.
What? Elevated view of Trogir Town at sunrise
Where? This photo was taken from above Trogir on Ciovo Island, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Having found my spot the previous evening, and being only a ten minute walk away it was simply a matter of getting there for sunrise and keeping fingers crossed for some great light. Thankfully, I got what I had been waiting for the whole fortnight. The killer combination of interesting clouds and warm early morning side lighting as the sun rose behind the mountains. This panoramic photo comprises of three images.
Nikon d700 and 24-70mm f/2.8 at 44mm f/14.0 1/6s ISO 100 0.6 grad ND filter + polariser
After two days of non-stop rain, the presence of the sun was a welcome farewell to Croatia. The clouds stuck around just long enough to rewards me with a dramatic sky above Trogir after making the effort to climb up above the old town at…yes you guessed it…5am again! Travel photography isn’t all fun and games!! Extremely sad to be heading home from Croatia. The combination of quietly overwhelming Venetian architecture, astoundingly turquoise Adriatic Sea and mouthwateringly gigantic pizzas has made the Dalmatian Coast a pretty special destination.