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Ljubljana's empty streets

The Covid 19 spread has stopped the world. People are mostly keeping themselves at home and majority of the world is affected by some sort of quarantine. Photographers are facing the governmental restrictions and we are mostly condemned to photograph the world from our window.

In Slovenia, restrictions are limiting people to cross the municipality borders, but we are allowed to go outside our apartments and walk in the streets and parks, while keeping the distance. And because all the places such as coffee shops, restaurants, groceries and souvenir shops are closed, after sunset, nobody is around the town anymore.

I took the opportunity, combined with the fresh April's green color in the woods and snap some photos around sunset and blue hour.

Ljubljana castle sunset
The Ljubljana Castle hill sunset

The Ljubljana castle hill have become a very popular place for the late afternoon as people are not allowed to go out of their municipality. It has several paths for walking and jogging and is a perfect place to watch the panorama of the old town as the sun goes down. The greens in this time of the year are absolutely beautiful and calming. I wanted to photograph the sunset with the roots in the foreground, but there were just too many people around, so I made a compromise and photograph the golden hour through the trees and making the starburst with f/16.

The holy door or the side door of Ljubljana's St. Nicholas Cathedral
Archbishops of Ljubljana

I proceeded towards the Ljubljana's old town. Some places are under construction so I could not take a shot. It is also impossible to photograph the Holy door - the side door into the St. Nicholas Cathedral in the season as people and tourists are coming in and out constantly opening the door and a big, ugly entrance fee notice stands attached to them. Now, as everything is down closed, without fee stand, nobody bothered if I took a snap a bit differently as normal. The people carved at the door are the six Archbishops of Ljubljana, who were serving in Ljubljana Metropolitan Archdiocese in the 20th century. The doors were re-designed by an architect named Mirsad Begić.