This unforgettable photographic trip is designed for smaller groups and for the more adventurous nature photographer. It starts with the exploration of the Krizna jama (Cross Cave). As you embark on a rubber raft across the 13 underground lakes fully equipped with caving gear you will feel like a true explorer! Photographic tuition will be provided by a professional speleologist and photographer who will also ensure your safety. Back on the surface, you will go on a walking tour of the major sights of the Rakov Skocjan nature reserve and solve the riddle of mysterious Lake Cerknica.
Photographers will find INSPIRATION here all year round - we have to say that this is one of our favourite photographic destinations!
On a half day workshop we will visit the first underground lake which is about a 20 minute walk into the cave. The focus will be on light-painting techniques, macro photography and we can try our luck with falling water drops.
On a full day workshop we will venture beyond the first lake and spend at least four hours underground walking (and boating). This trip requires a good level of fitness and is limited to four visitors per day.
Since Krizna jama is situated in a beautiful area known for its pristine nature and disappearing Cerknica lake it is worthstaying longer. Based at a small, pleasant hotel, friendly farmhouse or at horse ranch there are several activities you can choose from. Hiking in the nearby hills for wonderful views, cycling around Cerknica lake, horseback riding, canoeing, bear watching in the Notranjska forests, excellent birding around Cerknica lake and much more!
Cave photography is very technical. It requires special techniques and team work. You will learn how to set up lights for the right exposure and how to create interesting shadows. Painting with light is another interesting way of making photos and you can try your luck with catching water drops at the moment they hit the stalagmite.
What kind of equipment is recommended for cave photography? A sturdy tripod, wide-angle and macro lenses and a flash (preferably a separate flash unit).
Bring warm clothes, a fleece jacket, warm socks (two pairs), comfortable trousers – the temperature inside the cave is 8 degrees Celsius (46°F) all year round.
Caving equipment will be provided before entering the cave (rubber boots, caving suit, a helmet and flashlights).
You will spend around 4-6 hours inside the cave.
Cave access depends on weather conditions. After periods of heavy rain the water in the cave can rise above its normal level, which can make trips beyond the first lake impossible. In this case an alternative itinerary will be arranged.