Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

*** The Awakening ***

Skofja Loka, Slovenia

You snooze, You lose. That's the true story for every landscape photographer!

Likewise, I too pushed myself out of the cozy hotel bed at 5am to get ready to tackle an uphill ride to soak in the beauty of Saint Thomas Church.

It was a really cold morning with below freezing temperature. So I had to drive very carefully maneuvering through the icy hair pin bends to reach the hill top.

I had done extensive research before my trip to Slovenia. Let me tell you that, its one of the safest countries in Europe with lowest crime rates.

In spite of all that I must admit, it was not a pleasant experience to drive middle of nowhere in a foreign country to reach the location before sunrise. Luckily my wife was my partner in crime and decided to sacrifice her sleep without knowing, what's coming her way. :)

As the sun came out, we witnessed nature use its pallet of a million colors to paint the scene. It was arguably one of the best sunrises I have ever experienced in my life.

Lesson Learnt:
Pain is temporary, the photo and the experience stays for a lifetime.


Some days the valley gets filled up with fog. I was not lucky enough to experience that.

I wish I had a dedicated telephoto lens.

The longest lens I had was a dedicated Canon Macro lens (100mm F 2.8). I have tried to make the best use of the available resource. Hope you guys enjoy it.

Canon 60D
100mm · f/11.0 · 1/8s · ISO 100
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Daniel Hayes's picture

Beautiful......wonderful work, thank you for your effort, it definitely paid off

Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

Thank You Daniel! I am happy with how it came up :)

Mark Kelly's picture

What an amazing photo. Is it a composite shot? You should be very proud its a stunning image.

Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

Thanks Mark! Its not a composite, A Pano rather.

Stitched 3 images together in Lightroom with less than 10 minute of edit.

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mikey perkinator's picture

Stunning work! Now I know I need to go to Slovenia, who knew!? Those clouds above the mountains are quite the tease; I wish there was more of them included in the shot.

Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

Thanks Mikey!

The scene was quite bit to fit in single frame.
I literally spend 10 minutes to post process this one.

However I have taken more raw files to capture the scene with more clouds. That would easily be a 12-15 pic Panorama stitching.

Watch the space. That pic is on cards, its just a matter of getting some free time.

Harvey Ravitch's picture

Just as beautiful as I can imagine. Great shot, a must visit..

Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

Thanks Harvey!

Adriano Neves's picture

Stellar shot.

Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

Thanks Adriano!

Yogesh Dhakal's picture

Wow !! incredible .. hats off ..

Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

Thanks Yogesh for your Appreciation!

q az's picture

You had the right lens. Love your story and the panoramic view is wonderful.

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Khatleen Minerve's picture

Patience paid off. Hats off for such an incredibly crafted image. The light is outstanding.

Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

Thank you very much!

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Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

Thanks Lee for your appreciation!

Michelle Alger's picture

Amazingly beautiful!

Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

Thank you Michelle!

Dana King's picture

(scratch this question) (You answered this already)How many frames did you stitch together for the final composite?

Joonas Nieminen's picture

Wow... does this place really exist? Looks so magical.

Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

The place does exist. Its all play of light :)

Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

Thank you!

Anonymous's picture

I love Slovenia :)

Shyama Prasad Mishra's picture

Me Too :)

Angelina veronica's picture

The natural Mountie so much like this .

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