Pages: [1]   Go Down

Author Topic: Plitvice Lakes, Croatia  (Read 644 times)

stever

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1244
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
« on: September 01, 2018, 02:09:25 pm »

I'm only going to be there for an afternoon and morning driving from Zagreb to Split. 

Recommendations?
Logged

Dave Ellis

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 97
Re: Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2018, 02:16:16 am »

We were there in May this year and it was very busy during the middle of the day (we were on a bus tour and couldn't choose our visiting time). The boardwalks were very crowded and it was virtually impossible to take a long exposure on a tripod! So I would suggest leaving your photography until late afternoon and then get there early the next morning for some more photography.

It is a beautiful place with plenty of photo opportunities. You probably won't have time to cover the whole park and I would suggest looking at Plitvice Lakes Website. If you have a look under "Plan Your Visit" and then "Lakes Tours Programs" you will find a number of different walking plans. We did what was effectively Plan B. This involves a boat trip and there was a long wait to get on the boat however this may be OK later in the afternoon. The bright red sections of the route take you past a variety of cascades and waterfalls (including the big one) and shouldn't be missed in my view.



Dave
« Last Edit: September 03, 2018, 05:03:17 am by Dave Ellis »
Logged

stever

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1244
Re: Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2018, 05:55:29 pm »

Thanks

That's quite an operation - hope it won't be too crowded the end of Sep.
From their commercial photography rates looks like i might get hassled setting up a tripod.
Logged

capital

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 215
    • Website
Re: Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2018, 01:57:32 am »

If you have not heard about this reporting, I think it gives some current environmental issues surrounding tourism to this area.
https://www.dw.com/en/croatia-pristine-nature-in-peril/av-43891996
Logged

stever

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1244
Re: Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2018, 07:09:51 pm »

Follow up

Based on the advice of our Dolomites guide we went to the lower lakes about 4pm Sep 27 and the upper lakes at 8am (which is when the boat starts) the next morning.  In the afternoon there were still big crowds and loads of people taking selfies - and the light was not very good either. I think pretty nearly all the falls are best with morning light.  We had the upper lakes almost to ourselves until about 9:45, and by 10:15 when we finished the trail was getting crowded.  The early morning was very pleasant and I got some decent shots, but nothing fantastic.  The board walks limit the shooting options and become a nightmare when the crowds arrive.

Apparently UNESCO has told the Park to cut the number of visitors in half or they will withdraw support.  That would still be way too many people for me.

Bottom line - if you're passing through it's worth spending a couple hours in the morning - otherwise, it's not worth a trip.
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up