I did the 15-day A2A Photography tour of Dubrovnik, Croatia & Slovenia tour from 16 – 30 September 2012.
I learned how to use a polarizing filter, how to capture the motion of water with a slower shutter speed, gained confidence in photographing people and learned to pay attention to what I was focusing on.
I thought the itinerary was very thoughtfully organized, with short stops at interesting places, like the town of Ston in Croatia, to break up some of the travel time between overnight stops. I felt like we had enough time in each location to get our photos, enjoy the surroundings and soak up the atmosphere. Some of my favorite memories are from the free time we had most days, walking on top of the city wall in Dubrovnik on a hot sunny day and exploring Lake Bled on a cool and misty day. I really appreciated the time at Plitvice Lakes, it was like being in one of the worlds most beautiful classrooms and Luka's guidance and instruction made it a turning point for me in terms of understanding light and motion and how to capture those elements with my camera.
The accommodations and hospitality were great, everything met or exceeded my expectations. Some locations were really fantastic, Hvar island was really awesome. The breakfast on Hvar island was amazing, the variety was impressive and the local fresh cheeses delicious. Lunches were often on our own or on the road, which was fine, we had one really memorable lunch in a little village in Slovenia called Psnak, where we had some really delicious local cuisine, buckwheat dumplings and sauerkraut, sausage, really unbelievably delicious. For dinner, there is a tie between the Bosnian restaurant and the Slovenian restaurant, I can't remember the name of either; both were in Ljubljana, both had amazing food. I can't say enough about the food really, I enjoyed eating my way through Croatia and Slovenia and also trying the local beers and wines of the regions we visited.