First of all, I hope you all had a happy, peaceful and relaxing Easter weekend! And if you don’t celebrate Easter I hope you had a lovely weekend no matter how you spent it.
I’ve been such a bad blogger lately as I couldn’t find any time for creating interesting content and posting regularly. I do miss that but at the same time I’m very grateful that I’ve been so busy with my food photography work and I spent the last month in my hometown Dubrovnik shooting for various clients. Very busy time without days off and at times I felt a bit overwhelmed with everything but not complaining as I’m happy I can do what I love. After all, photography is so much more than work to me, it’s my passion, my way of life and something that brings me great joy and gets me through the tough times….
Even with crazy schedule and days passing by in shoots and editing, I still couldn’t resist stealing a moment here and there to go and take some photos of my beautiful hometown. I am always amazed by its beauty but I’m specially inspired to take photos of it off the main tourist season (that lasts usually from end of April till end of September) when you can also enjoy and appreciate more the beauty surrounding you on every step you take. I love to wander the narrow streets of the Old Town when the weather is rainy, moody and there are not many people around, that’s my favourite actually! Moody weather and majestic Dubrovnik architecture is a combination that can create some pretty amazing and dramatic photography motives.
For this blog post I made a mix of photos taken mostly in Winter and Spring but some also during the Summer months so yes, it’s possible to take photos of Dubrovnik without tourists even during the Summer months but be ready to wake up early, my advice is with the sunrise! Also I try to find interesting details and sometimes they can be ‘hidden’ somewhere a bit off the main tourists routs. That’s something I do everywhere I travel and besides the main attraction, I always try to find charming corners that sometimes can easily get overlooked. I also highly recommend using great new app called PhotoHound (not sponsored!) that will give you best photography spots, directions and best times, seasons and shooting conditions. They have lots of best photography spots around the world and I’m very glad that Dubrovnik is one of them!
No matter if you already visited Dubrovnik and planning to come back at some point or you are yet to visit it for the first time, I hope this blog post inspired you to go a bit off the main tracks and enjoy exploring less known streets and corners. that’s also a great way to avoid the crowds in Summer as majority of tourists walk along Stradun (the main street in the Old Town) and two streets that run parallel with Stradun, one called ‘Prijeko’ (filled with restaurants) and other called ‘Ulica od Puca’ (filled with little souvenir shops). If you do visit Dubrovnik in summer months and you want to admire its architecture and beauty and capture it with your camera too, I suggest waking up early and finish shooting while others still sleep! Also, keep track on cruises schedule and make sure you avoid the Old Town in those hours (usually 9am – 2pm) as it will be filled with tourist crowds from the cruisers.
And if you can plan your visit in other time of the year and the beach is not your main priority, then I highly recommend visiting Dubrovnik in other seasons, specially Spring and Autumn (I love winter too, specially for photography!). Let me know in the comments if you’ve been already in Dubrovnik and what is your experience like, would love to hear from you!
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