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Slovenia & Croatia


This digital photography business can be a bit overwhelming, in what regards to post-processing.

Back in 2006, our family went on holidays to Italy (Venice), Slovenia and (mainly) Croatia.

Back home, I quickly processed the photos from Venice and the family ones. We also viewed the whole portfolio and I managed to catalog and rate the photos. However, I never seemed to have time to take care of the bulk of the Raw files from that trip.

As such, in spite of my wife's recurrent inquiries about them, a lot of rather interesting photos still lingered as unprocessed Raw files in my drives, waiting for an ever-postponed opportunity to take care of them.

Finally having found some time, I came to realize that the delay was actually somewhat beneficial as I could evoke some great, great family times spent in some quite beautiful places.

One of those places was the Plitvice lakes national park, in Croatia (Plitvice Jezera), one of the most incredible natural locations I've ever visited.

This UNESCO World Heritage complex of intertwined cascading lakes and waterfalls covering an area over 295 square kilometers is situated a bit over 100Kms SSW of Zagreb, already quite near to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The place was so mesmerizing-breathtaking and photo-friendly that I, a 46 year-old (at the time), overweight and "slightly" out-of-shape photog with a dysfunctional L4, managed to trek all over the place, with my fully loaded back pack, for almost 9 hours (first photo of the day shows a 09:13 time stamp, while the last one was registered at 17:57).

Of course, back at the hotel, rejoining my family who, not "pumped" by a similar love for photography had quited far earlier, I was barely able to move...I remember it took me so long to finally recover, wash up and get ready for dinner that we ran the risk of actually missing it :)

Other incredible places in this gallery include the fairytale-like Bled lake, in Slovenia, the ancient, ancient Split - where it actually feels like we're simply Romans using cellular phones - and the majestically-serene Dubrovnik which, through an impressive display of Croatian collective resolve, showed little, if any, of the shell bombardments it had been subjected to, just 14 years earlier.

All in all, a great trip and certainly one that did not deserve having these photos final processing postponed for so long.


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