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Island in Lake Bled

Island in Lake Bled
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Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-29
Categories: Nature, Transportation, Architecture
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-12 1:37
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lake Bled is a glacial lake in the Julian Alps in Northwestern Slovenia where it adjoins the town of Bled.

A small island in the middle of the lake is home to the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church; visitors frequently ring its bell for good luck. Human traces from prehistory have been found on the island. Before the church was built, there was a temple consecrated to Živa, the Slavic goddess of love and fertility. One can get to the island on a traditional wooden row barge called 'Pletna'. The island on Lake Bled has 99 steps. A local tradition at weddings is for the husband to carry his new bride up these steps, during which the bride must remain silent

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Hi Francis,
Ages ago (1970) I visited this lake with my parents and have still good memories about it. This is a wonderful capture. The boat on the left side is a wonderful and important detail, it interrupts the central positioned church on the island, together with the V-shaped hills in the background a wonderful diagonal a well balanced composition. Clarity and colours are superb. Great post my friend!

hi there,

beautiful capture, amazing colours, dof n sharpness along with informative note. a true 'TL' shot.


Hello Francis,

This is a place that my friends have visited and urged me to see ... now, I know why!
This is a fine capture. The composition is excellent with the focal boat perfectly placed in the frame.
The second focal image, the church, is clearly defined against the trees, whilst the 'v' shape between its tower and the building, mirrors the 'v' shape of the nearby hills.
A truly delightful shot.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Francis

what a beautiful postcard
everywhere you look is green
i would love to see this one day
the boat gives dynamism to your composition
good details and perspective
Have a beautiful day my friend!

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-01-12 2:01]

Hi Francis...
Beautiful poscard from Bled...
Beautiful focus, colors, composition...

Hello Francis,
Outstanding sharpness, light and depthness of field...
Selahattin E

Hi Francis
I know for a fact that Lake Bled is a photographers' delight.
your presentation is another framed proof.
excellent capture of a typical scene on the lake. well composed. marvelous sharp colors.

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2010-01-12 2:46]

Very nice calm view. A little saturation in the front tree could be nice also.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-01-12 2:52]

Hi Francis

The boat makes a good focal point at left. Excellent sharpness, color & reflections. Tfs!

simply gorgeous and great post.no words to explain the beauty.colors,pov and DOF are perfect.TFS

Hi Francis,
Amazing naturel place like a heaven!!!
Depth and clarity are excellent.
Good presantation.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi Francis
It's a beautiful scenic photo.
The water looks so pretty.
Light is good.

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-01-12 5:35]

Hi Francis,
This is the first I've seen of this lake. It is A BEAUTIFUL place. You've captured the essence perfectly. Nice POV, colors and details are amazing. Very clear and crisp photo. Nice job on this. TFS Julie

Hi Francis,

Wow, what a superb capture from an island with such beautiful church!
The colors are wonderful in the summer season. Wonderfu color contrasts and a perfect POV. The water gives such a great cheerful feeling in the shot.
A very well seen work, my friend!

best regards,

Hello Francis!

WOW! Here you freshen my eyes! Lovely shot! I love such sites with green mountains. Very good details and color tones. The DOF has been great with overall good focus. The calms weather conditions producing glassy effect in the water, reflects back the beauty around beautifully.

TFS, indeed very lovely POV.


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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-01-12 6:14]

dear Francis Xavier,
a peaceful view shot of mysterious church on attractive small island,
green forest and lake water make very settled and still atmosphere there,
and the air perspective makes fine and natural depth of space in this wonderful scene,
thank you for your beautiful green picture,

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-01-12 7:26]


superbe vue sur cette île avec le lcocher qui ressort, ce bâteau, les reflets sur le'au verte, une merveille.

Bravo et amitié


idyllic summertime picture
nice composition and framing

Hi Francis,
Beautiful surroundings of the island and it is a gem. Slovenia is already a beautiful mountainous region but it is Bled and the surrounding area is like. Well done
Best regards Sandor

Hi Francis,
What a superb place vith excellent postcard indeed.Good POV, colours andreflection.TFS.


Bonsoir Francis,

Que cet endroit est enchanteur avec votre note!!!
Ces eaux émeraudes sont les reflets somptueux de la végétation qui l'entoure, mais encore!!!
Séduisante balade avec cette embarcation originale à notre regard.
L'encadrement est très esthétique.
Merci cher ami pour cet agréable moment partagé à travers cette sublime carte postale.


Bonjour Francis,

This is trully incredible shot. The movement mood with the boat and dynamism here impressive! Great exposure indeed. Your magnificent POV and the composition are also superb.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hi Francis!

Great note! Did you ring the bell?

Your composition here is very lovely. Great capture of this island, and the wooden row barge is perfectly placed and adds to the photo. I really like seeing the beautiful places around the world. Thanks for sharing this one with us!


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-01-13 11:03]

Hi Francis,
beautiful place for relaxing.Nice presentation.Congratulations.Necla.

Hi Francis,
Excellent POV. and lovely details,
good capture and reflection,
lovely colors and light.

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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2010-01-13 13:30]

Hi Francis,
The lush vegetation around the church,
half hiding it arouses curiosity as to
how it would look in full view? The glassy
texture of the greenish water offers good
contrast to a somewhat diffused BG. A fine
relaxed atmosphere over the whole scene.
Enjoy your week.

Nice application of rule of 1/3s Beautiful tranquil scene Nice work
warm regards

Olá Francis

Fantástico cenário, belo ponto de vista.
Ótimas cores, luz e detalhes maravilhosos!
Parabéns pelo belo trabalho.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2010-01-14 14:27]

Hi Francis!
Splendid landscape... The place must be wonderful :-)
Fantastic natural, vivid colours.
Amazing details. Lovely reflections on the water.
ciao! Vanda

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  • hains Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 4 N: 95] (4859)
  • [2010-01-15 9:23]

Great capture Francis

Pour moi, c'est une bonne découverte de ces magnifiques paysages de l'Europe. J'aime la netteté de bateau, les arbres et l'église sur l'île avec les montagnes en arrière-plan. Majestueuse place.

Thank Mario

hello Francis,
I would say the groom would be silent from exhaustion after carrying the bride up 99 steps!!
Very well composed with good natural light.
A lovely place to visit I would say.
TFS, Joni

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