Slovakia

Formerly one country, today two standalone countries: Slovakia and Czech Republic. From these two Slovakia offers wider variety of mountains - from high rocky alpine peaks to picturesque hills with old forests. All of those being part of Carpathian mountain range it is always sure to find some interesting landscapes there.

Dream conditions
Dream conditions

Dream conditions

It is often true that after bad weather good weather comes. It seems that the same applies to photographic conditions. When the sunshine comes after cold fronts, rainy days or thunderstorms, it simply seems more saturated like it has to compensate previous gray dullness at least for a short moment. Like this time with dissolving clouds the sunset seemed so vivid orange.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/10 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 18, 2019 19:54:45
Shape of Kôprovský štít
Shape of Kôprovský štít

Shape of Kôprovský štít

Dense cloud passing by over High Tatras, specifically mostly border between Slovakia and Poland. Triangular shape of Kôprovský štít, summit I was standing on, nicely projected onto opposing mountains creating another layer of contrast between blue waters of the lake and yellow rocky walls.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/25 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 18, 2019 19:27:39
Orange blaze
Orange blaze

Orange blaze

Oh, what an evening that was! After cloudy afternoon sun started to make its way through clouds with rapid changes from fog to clear skies, with vivid Brocken spectres projected onto the clouds over red painted rocky walls shortly before sunset to the moment when dense cloud came over the summit I stood on. At that time it seemed light show is over but the clouds passed by again leaving perfect view over Lower and Upper Temnosmrečinské lake.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/25 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 18, 2019 19:59:27
The smallest high mountains in the world
The smallest high mountains in the world

The smallest high mountains in the world

High Tatras, often refered as the smallest high mountains in the world, are full of so wonderful views and surprises that it can never get boring. With the right conditions and on the right place, here strikes the truth more than elsewhere that ultrawide lens may not be ultra enough.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/4 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 18, 2019 20:03:58
Dusk on the summit
Dusk on the summit

Dusk on the summit

The best conditions often come long after sunset when most people think best colours are already gone. Then shapes of the landscape are emphasized only by receding but still colourful light that creates soft transitions. Summit of 2363 m high Kôprovský štít.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 2/1 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 18, 2019 20:23:45
Satan
Satan

Satan

Full moon shining bright in the morning over Satan peak. Satan and its surrounding peaks, all named after devilish creatures, served as a meeting point for all devils according to legends. In bright clear morning like this it looks like intimidating but calm mountain.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/15 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 19, 2019 06:08:44
Blooming shores
Blooming shores

Blooming shores

Shores of the largest lake in Slovakia, Veľké Hincovo pleso. While the weather was still mostly overcast there in mid afternoon, forecasts promised receding clouds in the evening. Certainly small gaps through which sunshine could get to the lakeside made me believe so.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/80 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 18, 2019 17:17:19
Burning spikes on the horizon
Burning spikes on the horizon

Burning spikes on the horizon

Views towards High Tatras fascinated me throughout the entire hike on the Low Tatras main ridge trail. It was here, just below the highest peak of Ďumbier, where composition and light met ideally. Who would have thought that in the morning clear skies will be replaced by dense fog that will last for days?

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/10 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 30, 2018 18:26:33
In the land of mountains
In the land of mountains

In the land of mountains

I was in awe to find this place close to Krúpova hoľa with curved path leading atop the sunlit ridge while grass in front of me was frozen. Half of Slovakia was visible in the distance, starting with Malá Fatra on the left, Liptovská Mara water reservoir on the left from image center and Western and High Tatras on the right.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/20 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 30, 2018 18:18:50
Highest of Carpathians
Highest of Carpathians

Highest of Carpathians

High Tatras seen from Ďumbier in Low Tatras. The mountains were already completelly empty long before sunset. As the sun got lower, nearby ridges were bathing in light while deep valleys stayed in dark shade.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/30 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 30, 2018 18:07:57
Morning at Ramža shelter
Morning at Ramža shelter

Morning at Ramža shelter

There comes the time when stove is almost cold, everything is packed again in your backpack and you have to go on the trail again. You take one last look over the shoulder to memorize the cold autumnal morning.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/1600 s
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 30, 2018 08:46:24
Dramatic Tatras
Dramatic Tatras

Dramatic Tatras

During lunch break heavy clouds started to shape up in the north. Not long after that on Zadná hoľa sunlit High Tatras emerged over Veľký bok while most of the skies were still dark gray. While midday light usually promises nothing more than documentary shots, this was one of the rare exceptions.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/250 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 29, 2018 14:46:29
Upper Hron valley
Upper Hron valley

Upper Hron valley

Ascending to the main ridge of Low Tatras, views towards opposing Muráňská planina emerged first followed by views to the valley of river Hron. Meadows and fields with scattered trees in late afternoon light made for necessary photographic break.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/320 s
  • Aperture: f/5.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 28, 2018 17:28:34
Evening in Veľká Fatra
Evening in Veľká Fatra

Evening in Veľká Fatra

The highest part of the mountains with Ostredok and Frčkov as seen from Kráľova skala viewpoint. The sunset went better than expected with nice soft light and scattered incoming clouds.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/13 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 15, 2018 18:40:33
Dusk in Veľká Fatra
Dusk in Veľká Fatra

Dusk in Veľká Fatra

View towards the highest mountain of Velká Fatra - Ostredok - captured minutes after sunset from Kráľova skala. The clouds played the main role here reflecting residual purple light on the hills.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/5 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 15, 2018 18:54:40
Rocks in Fatra mountains
Rocks in Fatra mountains

Rocks in Fatra mountains

Everything combined here almost ideally: colours of starting autumn, sun setting just over the interesting rocky pillars and clouds dramatically coming into the scene. Stitched from six images with exposure blending.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/160 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 15, 2018 18:50:21
Morning below Úplaz
Morning below Úplaz

Morning below Úplaz

Starting autumn with cold nights and warm first sunrays at the edge of national park Velká Fatra. The sun was already way up but the trees dispersed the light nicely so I stopped to capture its wonderful colours.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/40 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 16, 2018 07:14:46
Game of clouds
Game of clouds

Game of clouds

After a few cloudy days it is always nice to see sunshine again. If clouds are moving fast and light is constantly changing, then it is even better. The sun will eventually highlight the exact place you wish for.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/250 s
  • Aperture: f/7.1
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 15, 2018 12:03:38
Amidst the tree oceans
Amidst the tree oceans

Amidst the tree oceans

Away from the marked trails of Little Carpathians I hiked to this hill to find it the very best place there. It may not be the highest of the hills nor the rockiest but its simple presence in the center of the forests and combination of solitary trees with scattered stones makes it special.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/400 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Apr 29, 2018 19:40:11
Calm morning
Calm morning

Calm morning

The sun had been up for some time but the meadow of Holint, surrounded by deep forests, was still half in the morning shade. On mornings like this one can not want much more than a company of wild deer on a place like this.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/100 s
  • Aperture: f/3.5
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Apr 30, 2018 06:55:26
Slopes of Vysoká
Slopes of Vysoká

Slopes of Vysoká

Passing beauty of wild garlic forming endless green carpets in the spring was originally what draw me to Little Carpathians. Two prominent mountains Vápenná and Vysoká were the places I found the most interesting concerning the magic of spring.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/25 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Apr 30, 2018 18:53:01
Essence of Little Carpathians
Essence of Little Carpathians

Essence of Little Carpathians

One of the rare places in Little Carpathians where lack of trees allows for some views - slopes of Vysoká. While not the top itself, which is definitely more dramatic with large rocky ridge, I liked this compact meadow below more.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/25 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Apr 30, 2018 19:28:36
Belianské Tatry
Belianské Tatry

Belianské Tatry

Last light on Belianské Tatry. Clouds started forming in the valley and moved quickly to the east. If I have waited longer I would not get the chance to capture this shot.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/50 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 21, 2014 18:16:25
Zelené pleso
Zelené pleso

Zelené pleso

First sunrays woke me up reflecting of the wall. My first steps that day led to close Zelené pleso to capture light on Kežmarský štít. 8 shots (in 2 columns) stitched together.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/25 s
  • Aperture: f/5.0
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Date taken: Aug 22, 2014 04:58:19
Bielovodská dolina
Bielovodská dolina

Bielovodská dolina

View towards Zmrzlé and České pleso and further into the Bielovodská dolina. Altough it was early afternoon, light prepared some nice contrasting scenes worth capturing. Captured on the way down from Rysy. 5 vetical shots stitched together.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/400 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 25, 2014 13:10:38
New hut below Rysy
New hut below Rysy

New hut below Rysy

Newly renovated Chata pod Rysmi (Hut below Rysy) where final ascent to Rysy begins. Clouds added some drama to the shot.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/500 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 25, 2014 12:13:04
Path to Rysy
Path to Rysy

Path to Rysy

Path from Slovakian side to border summit of Rysy which is also highest mountain in Poland. People in the scene were unavoidable but serve as a good scale compared to the mountains. 5 vertical photos.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/1000 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 25, 2014 12:52:53
Lomnický štít
Lomnický štít

Lomnický štít

Clouds played a nice game on surrounding summits which were for a few seconds completely visible while in another moment got fully hidden in white clouds. It was just waiting for the right second to balance clouds and mountains in the captured scene.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/200 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Date taken: Aug 23, 2014 13:40:07
Chamois
Chamois

Chamois

There was a lot of chamoises in Velká Studená dolina and it was possible to get just a few meters away of them so even short focal lenght of 90mm in 35mm terms was enough to capture some wildlife shots.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/160 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Date taken: Aug 23, 2014 16:34:58

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