Photograph of Bled by Alex Nichol

Bled

My second stop in Slovenia was Lake Bled, a popular tourist hotspot that I'd been looking forward to seeing for quite some time. All of the photographs I'd seen of it looked sun-drenched and idyllic. When I got there, it was definitely drenched, but not with sun!

Photograph of Lake Bled, Slovenia by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

I parked the bike up and hiked to the top of Mala Osojnica, a hill nearby, with excellent views out over the lake below, including the iconic little island. The path was incredibly muddy and very slippery, so it was a tough scramble, but worth the effort.

Photograph of Lake Bled, Slovenia by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

My pictures don't really do it justice; the lighting was flat and bleak, and with only a single wide-angle lens, there wasn't a lot of magic to capture. That said, the tower on the island belongs to a church, and I could hear the bells ringing over the water as I made my ascent, which was quite haunting.

Photograph of Lake Bled, Slovenia by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

These photographs were taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the extraordinary Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM .

Alex Nichol

About the photographer

Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary. Alex has shot with pretty much everything, from classic 35mm and medium format film cameras from Zenit, Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, to digital SLR and mirrorless systems from Leica, Sony, Canon, Panasonic and Olympus. He is currently shooting with the Fujifilm X System.


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