"Slovenia was on my bucket list for a few years until I finally found the time to go there. And I couldn’t imagine a better time to go than autumn. The whole country is completely tinted in the most beautiful fall colors and the light is really perfect all day long - the perfect premises to explore the variability of the Slovenian landscapes for the first time. From soaring peaks of the Julian Alps to the sparkling blue rivers and the emerald-green lakes to the short but sweet coastline, tiny Slovenia really does have it all.
And with the ever changing landscapes comes the challenge of choosing the perfect gear for this adventure. The main concern was bringing a camera and some lenses that deliver great image quality and come with a small weight. The rainy autumn weather also required equipment that would withstand even the strongest rainstorms. A small mirrorless camera like the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II seemed to be the best option, as it is incredibly lightweight with only 574 grams and is built from a hermetically-sealed metal construction that is splashproof, dustproof, and freezeproof.
The Olympus M. Zuiko Pro Lenses complement this camera perfectly, being way smaller than most comparable lenses from other brands.
My favorite area that I explored was the Triglav National Park. The park was named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the heart of the park, which is also the highest summit in the entire country of Slovenia (2864 m). Driving through the valleys, surrounded by huge mountain peaks is nothing short of stunning here. And if you’ve had enough of that you can just take a tour up some narrow mountain roads and you end up having some incredible views from the top. For example the drive up the Mangart saddle takes only 30 minutes and you get rewarded with stunning sights along the way and on clear days even the peaks of the Italian Dolomites are visible from the highest point of the pass.
Having that idea in mind I took my M. Zuiko 300mm F4 PRO telephoto lens and tried to capture the layers of the mountains during sunset. First I thought it might be a bit tricky without a tripod and with sparse light, but the 5-Axis Image Stabilization of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II proved me wrong.
Capturing these beautifully aligned mountain peaks has never been easier.
Another thing that impressed me during the trip through Slovenia was the incredible water colors of all the lakes and rivers. Emerald green lakes with picture perfect reflections of the surrounding mountains could be found around every corner. And some of the bluest waters were hidden in the valleys, where hundreds of little suspension bridges could be used to cross the roaring rivers or to just stand there and admire the scenery.
Every now and then even a canoer could be spotted on his run through the river rapids and the gorges of Soča. Safe to say Slovenia is a country with heaps of sights and with one of the most diverse nature I have seen so far." (Marvin Kuhr)