13 Incredible fall Images from the Balkans

13 Incredible fall Images from the Balkans

The BEST season for Landscape Photographers!

Fall the dream season for Landscape photographers! It’s the short period of the year where nature shows off its true colors! The cold misty morning makes you remember why you fell in love with the obsession of photography.

Autumn offers more than just vibrant leaves, with mixed weather conditions throughout the entire day, allowing you to experiment with your photography. The weather changes quickly during the fall season, allowing you to photograph rain, mist, sunshine, harsh light, golden light and possibly snow! Below is a set of images that will inspire you to travel and photograph the Balkans during the short but beautiful season of Fall.

 Driving through Durmitor National Park
Driving through Durmitor National Park

Right place, the right time is the only expression needed for this image in the Durmitor National Park in the northern part of Montenegro. The story told in this image is what captivates me, the roads winding through the rolling hills, the golden light and trees with the layers of mountains in the background! The image’s captured on the supreme XF 16-55mm F2.8 (one of three must have lenses for any fujifilm shooter!) allowed me to achieve this image in a single exposure.

 Durmitor National Park Fall Colours by Drone
Durmitor National Park Fall Colours by Drone

I know, I know drone photography – but wait when it’s this good it’s allowed! Welcome to the hidden secret of Europe, Montenegro! In recent years Instagram has been my inspiration to fall photos such as these from locations in the States leaving me wondering if they are actually “real”? But after a recent trip to Montenegro, I can confirm it 100% true, capturing this image with the DJI Mavic Air was the only way to show the beauty of the Durmitor National Park and why you need a drone.

 Zelenci at Sunrise during fall season
Zelenci at Sunrise during fall season

Zelenci, a natural spring located in the northern part of Slovenia and one of the most beautiful places for landscape photographers. An image thats been 5 years in the making, waiting for perfect conditions and lighting during the very short fall season. The best part of this beautiful location is it’s achievable to capture a perfect image during all 4 seasons! This image was captured with the brilliant XF 10-24mm F/4.

 Beautiful Log Pod Mangartom in Northern Slovenia
Beautiful Log Pod Mangartom in Northern Slovenia

One of my favourite locations and a place I have photographed multiple times which you can watch here. This particular valley is a postcard image with the leading line of the road from the bottom right corner leading into a deserted house giving the image scale. The picture gets enhanced by the fall colors littered through the valley and the epic Julian Alps in the background. Captured with the pin-sharp red badge XF 16-55mm F2.8 a lens I highly recommend for Fuji landscape photographers, you can watch a full review here on my YouTube channel regarding this lens.

 Lake Bled with fall colors with a telephoto lens
Lake Bled with fall colors with a telephoto lens

Lake Bled from an entirely different perspective compared to the traditional sunrise reflection image which you’ll see below — achieving this image with the Fujifilm XF 55-200mm just after the sunrise allows you to capture two photographs in one morning!

 Sunrise at Smartno in Goriska Brda
Sunrise at Smartno in Goriska Brda

Above you are witnessing sunrise overlooking Šmartno in Goriska Brda. Slovenia offers crazy amounts of diversity from the most significant cave system in Europe, rivers, lakes, mountains and stunning vineyards just like this! Crazy to think that this is only from the Western part of Slovenia where you can join me on a Photography Workshop to reproduce all these images.

 Sveti Tomaz in fall with low lying fog
Sveti Tomaz in fall with low lying fog

In 2019 I made a new years resolution to shoot more Panoramic images, mainly to capture this image! Sveti Tomaž is an iconic viewpoint for photographers in Slovenia it’s known for the low lying fog during the fall season. Unfortunately, on this attempt, I didn’t get the perfect sunrise light or low lying fog. If you wish to learn how to shoot panoramics, you can watch that here, or the one accessory you need for shooting panoramics. Captured with the Fujifilm XF 55-200mm.

 Reflection fall photography at Lake Bohinj
Reflection fall photography at Lake Bohinj

Five years in the making to capture this particular image above. I first imagined this image having lunch at Lake Bohinj all these years ago and knew it’d look best during the fall season with morning light. I was waiting over an hour for the sun to pierce through heavy clouds resulting in a five-year project complete.

 Low lying fog during fall season
Low lying fog during fall season

Simple, this particular image would be dull if it wasn’t for the low lying fog. Usually, this scene only has two elements, the fall colors and the leading line of the path scattered with fall leaves, but adding the mist adds a dynamic to the image of layers and mood emphasising a different element. It’s always good to your have eyes open as a Landscape Photographer during the fall season, all landscapes change and come alive around you.

 Lake Bohinj Sunrise during fall
Lake Bohinj Sunrise during fall

An image I have attempted to capture for years but always appeared to fail. As remarkable as this scene is at Lake Bohinj with its moody skies sparking up the background. Unfortunaly, it’s not solely what I imagined, calm water and low mist burning off the water’s surface and a little more pop in the sky would intensify the scene an extra 10%. The best thing is, this will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

 Lake Bled Sunrise Reflection
Lake Bled Sunrise Reflection

Reflection perfection at Lake Bled. This scene is a classic and what has made 1000’s of Landscape Photographers flock to Slovenia to photograph. Autumn is a perfect time of year to travel to Slovenia and shoot the beautiful Lake Bled and its surroundings. I have made this accessible by offering photography workshops during this season and many others to replicate these stunning images. You can find out more information here.

 Lake Jasna Fall Sunset Reflection
Lake Jasna Fall Sunset Reflection

Lake Jasna located in the northern area of Slovenia near Kranjska Gora – a paradise for Landscape Photographers. Best part about this location is not just the epic image you’re able to capture but you’re able to enjoy it with a bloody good coffee!

 Soca River during beautiful fall season
Soca River during beautiful fall season

A new location for me this year usually shooting further down the famous Soca river. Located less than 1km from the Soca Spring, this image drew my attention due to the old bridge surrounded by fall colors. The scene needed a polariser to cut through the glare on the water and removing any excess reflection on the surrounding wet rocks. (Learn how to use a polariser here) This image was shot on the gorgeous Fujifilm 10-24mm F/4 – showing why you need to know how to use wide-angle lens.

 Matthew Storer
Matthew Storer

Travel & Landscape Photographer

Australian. YouTuber. Adventurer.



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