The very first photo opportunity at the Tolmin Gorges in Slovenia presented itself at the very entrance to this heavenly creation and it literally took my breath away. I didn't want to go too wide because I would have reduced the incredible turquoise water; I didn't want to come too close either. Peripheral greenery, stones and moss were way too sweet to omit. Canon's 50mm f1.2L gave me just the right frame. I slowed down the water with LEE Big Stopper (10 stops) filter which gave me a full 30 seconds exposure in the middle of the day. I first thought that the overcast weather was going to be detrimental but it ended up being the perfect weather condition because the contrast and dynamic range were kept in perfect check. No shadow was too dark, no highlight was too bright.
Many thanks to my cousin Kristjan Rijavec for bringing me to this wondrous place!
Here's a detailed description of the Tolmin Gorges: The chute on the Tolminka River is the lowest point (180 m) in Triglav National Park and the longest chute in Slovenia. It is also among the deepest. The junction of the gorges of the Tolminka and Zadlaščica rivers with their chutes is a unique phenomenon in Slovenia. The chute of the Tolminka River is about two hundred meters long and five to ten meters wide.
The spring of thermal water (22°C) on the bank of the Tolminka just below the end of the trail through the chute is another great rarity in the alpine world. The well known Hudičev most ("Devil's Bridge") over which the Tolmin-Čadrg road passes arches sixty meters above the Tolminka, and above it is the entrance to the Zadlaška or Dante Cave. A triangular rock called the "Bear's Head" (Medvedova glava) after its characteristic shape is wedged in the narrowest part of the Zadlaščica chute.