Dubrovnik, and the Olympus E-M1 II plus a Sony with 17mm tilt shift

Written by Gary on November 22nd, 2019

Dubrovnik, at the southernmost region of Croatia, has rapidly become one of the leading tourism destinations, thanks in no small part to it being a key feature in the Game of Thrones series which highlighted this old fortified walled port city.

Indeed the thousands of tourists who arrive every day by cruise ships (except Sundays I believe) have adversely impacted the enjoyment of the city itself during the day but obviously are bringing much needed tourism money to the region.

Dubrovnik is not accessible by rail, and my preferred option is a flight to the nearby airport from one of the main European cities, and then a taxi or Uber to your accommodation (or if you choose the Old City to stay, to one of the Gates such as Pile Gate and then you need to walk a short distance – although depending upon how wisely you chose, you may have many steps).

I loved my time there which thankfully was in shoulder season in September and not too hot and not too cold, but still it was over-crowded during the day time. I took advantage of their local seafood cuisine, especially the calamari, for the evening meals.

I personally prefer Venice for its variety of photographic subjects, but if you are wanting to swim, enjoy the Mediterranean sun in your bathers or go fishing, then Dubrovnik wins hands down.

Here are a selection of images from the Old Town.

The inevitable local vendor – This was shot with the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at 150mm (300mm FF eq) to get past the crowds and isolate the subject.
Sony a7II with Canon TSE 17mm tilt shift lens, 3 shot hand held HDR – not easy to get without the crowds!
Sony a7II with Canon TSE 17mm tilt shift lens, 3 shot hand held HDR
This is one of the reasons why I absolutely love Micro Four Thirds and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II for travel! This was shot with the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens which is perhaps the biggest lens I would comfortably walk around with for a couple of hours and it was shot from a dark alley way in the Old City at dusk handheld at 1/25th second and a full frame equivalent focal length of 220mm at ISO 400 and f/2.8 which gives just the right amount of depth of field. There is NO EQUIVALENT option in the full frame cameras that is this size, covering up to 300mm and with this optical quality.
Unlike Venice where cats are scarce and dogs are the favored pets, Dubrovnik’s Old City has quite a few cats and this one liked to sit at the Pile Gate and get pats from the tourists. mpus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at 82mm f/2.8.
There are many bars even within the Old City, and this is one of the few on the outside of the wall sitting on the rocks above the sea. It would be a nice spot to have a beer … except everyone else seems to have the same idea!
Overlooking the port of the Old Town. Olympus 12-40mm lens at 24mm.
Don’t forget to get outside the wall, as nearby, there are bars on beaches with kayak hire and options for a nice dip in the water – the water is generally warmest in September although the days are getting cooler.
Exploring the back alley areas does get you to some interesting photographic subjects.
The adjacent fort makes for a nice view of the Old City before sunset.

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