In this article, I am going to mainly talk about our landscape photography journey in the High Tatras. How we have found a great spot to photograph the sunrise.
So, first of all, it’s not my first visit to this region of the Tatras I have been here with my friends multiple times.
The High Tatras situated on the Poland and Slovakian border and have peaks above 2000 meters. It is very unpredictable and could be very scary sometimes so if you ever visit this mountain range. If you ever visit this area make sure you have all the necessary hiking gear and landscape photography accessories.
Day 1 – Lake of Strobske
Our first stop was the Lake of Strobske. And as always at this time of the year, it was with freezing cold but spectacular light conditions. I swear there were even some lenticular clouds in the sky which forms mainly during high winds over the mountains. We got here on time and the lights were spectacular as usual. Okay maybe it’s just me but I got lucky every time I visited this place.
This lake is very easily accessible by car and has a great trekking path around it to discover the lake itself and those beautiful peaks. The whole area is very picturesque so if you have a basic knowledge about compositions you are all set to create a beautiful landscape photography shot.
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I could not fly my drone due to the high winds although I was shooting both videos and pictures which was quite challenging with the cold hands.
After the spectacular morning, we hiked up to explore another good location Popradske lake. From the parking lot, it’s roughly a 1-hour hike with a built asphalt trail. Unfortunately, due to very strong storms during the past years, half of the path is full of destroyed trees which makes the landscape a bit sad. Although you can see the power of nature with your own eyes.
Along the way, we reached the forest and I shoot some more footage for the video I was planning. We have continued our trip to the lake and where we took a break and fueled ourselves up. Since we left Budapest around 1 AM to catch the sunrise at the previous lake we were pretty tired and hungry. Majlath Chata is the perfect place for a tired hiker.
Day 2 – Peninsky Natural Park
Our base is always a little village Zdiar situated on the east Tatras. From here there are many good hiking trails that are accessible and it’s close to the Polish border as well.
We got up early in the hope to catch the sunrise. I had a great location in mind for years but we couldn’t find it at our last visit. Pieninsky Natural Park is about half an hour away from Zdiar by car and it’s easily accessible with a little hike.
This time we had luck and finally and found this amazing location. With its little hills in the foreground and the Tatras in the background guaranteed to deliver wonderful images.
Fortunately, the weather was calm that day so I could even fly my drone to take some pictures and videos of this location.
When we left our apartment the sky was all cloudy and gray. Once we arrived at the location the sky was started to open up and the time the sun started to rise and lit up the mountains. The rising sun gave sprayed orange light on the peaks in the distance.
It was a great weekend which we will always remember.