WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Commended 2013

Animals in their Environment

Arto Raappana, Finland

Snowbird

It was January, and Arto was in the Torne River Valley, 10 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle in northern Finland. 'There are many challenges for a photographer in winter,' says Arto. 'There is limited daylight, the hilltops are illuminated only briefly and the temperature can be -40°C. I wanted to show the birds surviving in this harsh habitat.' There had been heavy snow and frost for a couple of months, which made photography particularly gruelling and time-consuming but provided wonderful hoar-frost textures and designs. Using bird food as bait, he concentrated on one particular great tit in its frozen forest home. 'It took a long time to get the shot, standing in the raw cold,' adds Arto, 'but finally I managed to immortalise the little bird with its wings in the perfect position and with the snow-sculpted, frost-encrusted trees as I wanted them.'

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV + 24-105mm f4 lens; 1/1250 sec at f4 (+2.3 e/v); ISO 2000.


Pello, Torne River Valley, Finland: latitude 66.7762, longitude 23.9662 Pello, Torne River Valley, Finland: latitude 66.7762, longitude 23.9662

Pello, Torne River Valley, Finland

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Arto Raappana, Finland