Photos of Dubrovnik, Croatia

I’ve travelled to some pretty photogenic cities.  Places like Paris and Rome seem to always have a great shot just waiting to be taken.  However, I’m not sure if there’s a place in the world as perfect for photography as Dubrovnik, Croatia.  As you’ll see from the photos of dubrovnik below, there is just such a wide variety of things that one can capture in the city.  From pictures of Dubrovnik city wall to wild seascapes, there’s really a lot to be taken.

Looking back at my images from Dubrovnik, I’m a little bit disappointed in myself that I didn’t spend more time trying to capture the human element of things in the city as well.  There were lots of interesting characters in the city worth of a photograph, but I was probably too focused on the non-living elements of the city.

Anyways, there are photos of Dubrovnik churches as well as lots of shots of the city wall being battered by the rugged Croatian sea below.  In case you’re interested, I’ve also included small captions in regards to how I shot the images within each photo.  Enjoy!

Dubrovnik, Croatia

We fought with rain a bit in Dubrovnik, but generally rain means nice clouds, and nice clouds tend to mean pretty pictures.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

As the light turned blue at dusk, I headed for water. I wanted to use a slow shutter speed and create a smooth scene. I also used a gradient ND filter to bring the most out of the clouds

Dubrovnik, Croatia

This was the second dusk image I shot. I really wanted to give a fairy tale look to the image so I softened it by using a nice warm white balance.

Dubrovnik church

When walking back to the main square in Dubrovnik to photography the church, I stumbled upon this scene. The framing of he church was perfect and made for what I think is a pretty cool image.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Another framing shot using the pillars and the Dubrovnik Cathedral.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

One our second day in town, we went up to take some pictures of Dubrovnik city wall and came away with some cool shots. Climbing the wall, I got a nice perspective of the city and was able to grab some photos combining the wall, the city, and the sea.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The alley ways in Dubrovnik made for some cool images. I shot more than I kept, as is often the case with this type of photography. But this was an image I liked because it really seemed to tell a story.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

I love the power of this image. It just seems to look like a scene out of a movie. I got this shot by using a 30 second shutter speed and I again used my gradient ND filter.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Loved the rooftops in Dubrovnik and I probably took way too may images of them. This one was a keeper thanks to the church peeking out above all the red shingles.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

I think this is my favourite picture of Dubrovnik. It’s powerful and again has that movie scene look to it.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

I loved how this photo looks like a sea of read roof. But my favourite part is how you can explore the image and see lots of really interesting details.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sometimes you just get really lucky with the light. This scene was painted by perfect afternoon light and a nice blanket of clouds.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Another one of the pictures of Dubrovnik city wall that I liked. It reminds me of Game of Thrones, and I guess it should since much of the show is filmed here.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

In my youth, I was a basketball player. Thus, seeing this amazing basketball court in Dubrovnik really made me want to strap on the kicks and get out there and play.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

I used the rule of two/thirds and the line of the main walk in Dubrovnik for this photo. There really isn’t anything special about the way it was shot, it was just perfect light.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The old fort in Dubrovnik made a challenging photo target as it was so brightly lit up and everything around it was so dark. Still, I think this picture came out quite cool.


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. The light shining on those red roofs is just perfect. I love the long shutter speed shots of the sea. Dubrovnik is definitely photogenic and now I want to visit even more!

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    • yes! You should also go in the winter when there’s no tourists like we did 😀

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    • Thanks Brendon! Yes, Dubrovnik is really great… well at least in the off-season it was!

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  2. Great photos! I especially like the one of Lovrjenac Tower at night (the same one that is your favorite). But all of them are really great. Love rooftops and the sky is just amazing on all of them. I seem not to be able to take one good photo on a rainy day :(.

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    • Thanks Frank! Get a tripod out and bring an umbrella to shield the camera. If the rain is light, or has just ended, you tend to get the best photos when everything is a bit wet and the sky is full of clouds!

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  3. Wow, superb photos. You captured the city very well. Croatia is on my list for 2014, hope I can make it to Dubrovnik.

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    • Nice man. Should definitely give it a go. I really loved the country. Laid back, good weather, lots of photos to be had, I can’t complain!

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  4. Your work is amazing …Thank you for showing and sharing the beauty of my town. Next time you come be sure to stop by in my wine shop on the main street in the Old Town. *****

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    • Thanks Dolores, I wish I got that wine invite when I was there 😉 I will definitely take you up on it next time I’m in Dubrovnik.

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  5. lovely shots – Dubrovnik has been high on my list for years, and this gets me really fired up (again) – thanks for sharing!

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    • Jim, you definitely should hit it up. Such a photogenic place. To be honest, I wasn’t even really trying. I took all these photos in 3 shoots of about 45 minutes each. Such a great place to photograph.

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  6. Wow, just wow!
    Can I delete all my photos of Dubrovnik and surrounding areas from last may and just use yours instead? 😉

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    • Sure! You can even photoshop my watermark and put yours in… I don’t mind haha.

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  7. Spectacular! Thank you Brendan, you make our work effortless as you seduce with your images that capture history, beauty and the soul of one of our travelers’s favorite city in Croatia.

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    • Thanks for checking out the images Wanda! Hope all is well in Croatia!

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