WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Winner 2011

Creative Visions

Stefano Unterthiner, Italy

Illusion

The winter gathering of whoopers on Lake Kussharo, on Hokkaido, Japan, was a picture of chaos. The swans were constantly standing up, sitting down, heading off, interacting and calling. 'I suddenly saw that this could be the key to a completely different kind of image - one that shows the rhythms of a flock's movements,' says Stefano. He started to imagine the group of swans as one, flowing over the ice, seen at different points in time and space, and he set out to create the illusion. The swan enters lower right, wanders around a bit, sits down a few times, and exits top right - a single shot of continuous time and motion.

Technical specification

Nikon D700 + 24-70mm lens; 1/320 sec at f16; ISO 1000.


Lake Kussharo, Hokkaido, Japan: latitude 43.603844, longitude 144.32541 Lake Kussharo, Hokkaido, Japan: latitude 43.603844, longitude 144.32541

Lake Kussharo, Hokkaido, Japan

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Stefano Unterthiner, Italy

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