WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Specially commended 2010

Wildscapes

Verena Popp-Hackner, Austria

Rock art

For more than a month, Verena photographed the reptile-like ridges of sandstone on Norway's Varanger Peninsula in all weather conditions. 'Every time I went, a new combination of light, tide and weather made the seaweed-covered rocks look different,' she says. 'Some colours were stronger when the rock was wet. Others reflected indirect sunlight well. Others were better in shade.' Eventually, on a stormy day at high tide, everything came together. Balanced on a slippery ridge, Verena used a long exposure to soften the water as a contrast to the rocks. 'On this day, the colour combination was pure magic.'

Technical specification

Toyo Field 45 AII + Schneider 75mm f5.6 lens; 8 sec at f4.5; Fujichrome Velvia 50.


Barents Sea, Varanger Peninsula, Norway: latitude 70.39556, longitude 29.67047 Barents Sea, Varanger Peninsula, Norway: latitude 70.39556, longitude 29.67047

Barents Sea, Varanger Peninsula, Norway

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Verena Popp-Hackner, Austria