Photography Assignment: Dubrovnik Part 1
Visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia during the summer months is not pleasant for the experienced nomad. The city is crowded, the heat is unbearable, and the prices are high. However, the city provides so much in return that the crowds, the heat, and the prices can easily be forgotten. There is a reason why Dubrovnik is called “The Pearl of the Adriatic.” After a few minutes of walking around this beautiful city, you will soon realize that you are in a very special place.
I was thrilled when I arrived in Dubrovnik from Tivat via bus. I had previously been to Trigor and Zagreb, Croatia, but I had never been to Dubrovnik. When I arrived in the city, I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of people in the streets. The city was at full capacity and I could hardly walk 5 feet without bumping into someone. Despite the crowds, I was able to find my hostel thanks to some very nice locals who pointed me in the right direction and ensured I got to the right place.
Through true blessing, I was able to connect with the Dubrovnik Tourism Board for travel photos. I had several sites in the city that needed to be photographed, so once I arrived in town, I put my things away at my hostel, and then went out and scouted the locations. The locations were scattered throughout the city, but luckily I was provided with a very good map that would guide my way through very similar streets, small alleys, and loads of people. Every single street has a gem to experience and photograph. I highly recommend walking through every possible street that you can while visiting.
My goal in Part One of Dubrovnik, is share my experience of the ancient streets both during early morning shoots and during the mid to late afternoon. In Part Two, I will share my experience of Lokum Island, and my ideas of where to stay, eat, and which museums to visit.
Pile Gate is the main entrance into the old town and its an area packed with visitors and locals alike. There is a draw bridge that connects the new town and old town. Once you cross the draw bridge you will come to another entrance with a beautiful memorial on the wall.
There is a second door to pass through which leads you directly into the old town. The photo below was taken in the early morning hours to avoid large crowds.
Every morning I ventured out into the city around 4:45 a.m. This was an ideal time for setting up my gear and waiting for the sun to rise and shine its light in my field of view. Here are some photos that I took during my early morning shoots.
Waking up early in the morning and having the entire city to yourself is a very cool feeling. You definitely get a sense of how old the city is. The only other person I encountered so early in the morning was a fellow photographer. We introduced ourselves, shared some ideas, and chatted about travel. I highly suggest getting up early for some clean and beautiful photo opportunities or many of your pictures will be filled with fellow travelers.
Mid to late afternoon walks through the city.
The avoid the extreme July heat, I worked from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Once four o’clock came around, I grabbed my gear and got lost for a few hours prior to finding a nice place to eat dinner. Here are some photos that I took during my walks through the city.
My first few days in Dubrovnik were memorable. I was able to get a good start on my photo assignment and check off several of the sites I was asked to photograph. In Part Two of this post, I will share my experience of Lokrum Island, the city walls, and food/drink.
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