Just returned from a wonderful weekend that I spent in Rila mountains. My plants were to study the opportunities for photographing the seven lakes which are really picturesque and well visited by a great number of people.
Arrived in the area at about 8,30 a.m. Just before the crowds of people started coming. First I wanted to visit a river nearby to take pictures of waterfalls. So I did but water level was really low so there were no proper waterfalls and I continued along my route. I didn’t have anything planned before the sunrise so I had plenty of time.
The place for sunset was Haramiata peak (2465 m a.s.l.) It wasn’t very difficult to climb but still took some time. The view from up there is majestic. I was hoping for some clouds for the sunset but had no luck this time. With the right weather conditions it will look just right. Here are a few test pictures I took from the peak:
Before it was too dark I wanted to go. My plan was to spend the night at a spot ready for the sunrise tomorrow morning. Moving in the dark was going to be a bit tricky because I haven’t been along the route but had a GPS so I was fairly comfortable. Nevertheless, I decided to make use of the available light in the blue hour after sunset and headed to my place for the night where I was going to camp.
It took me about 1,5 hours to reach my place and put up the tent. The sky has totally changed and now it was all covered in dark clouds. This made it unsuitable for night pictures so I sneaked into my sleeping bag.
The morning was absolutely beautiful. There were no clouds again, but it was great to wake up at 2560 m a.s.l. The view over the seven lakes was fantastic. Actually from this point one could see nearly all of the seven lakes.
Seven lakes images