WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Commended 2013

Creative Visions

Uge Fuertes Sanz, Spain

Impression of Africa

It was Uge's first trip to Africa. Settled beside a waterhole in Namibia's Etosha National Park, with a wealth of wildlife coming to drink close to where he was parked, it took him a while to decide what to work on. 'Finally,' he says, 'I released the frustrated painter in me' and concentrated on creating an impressionistic picture. Deciding on the structure of the composition, he waited many hours for a combination of animals that worked (finally, the galloping zebra, though there is also an oryx in front). 'The challenge', he explains, 'was making an elephant a foreground frame to a moving background,' as was getting the light exactly right without burning out the image. He took hundreds of pictures and, after eight hours of trying, he finally achieved satisfaction.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 7D + Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 lens; 1/20 sec at f32; ISO 100; Opticron window tripod.


Etosha National Park, Namibia: latitude -19.0, longitude 16.0 Etosha National Park, Namibia: latitude -19.0, longitude 16.0

Etosha National Park, Namibia

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Uge Fuertes Sanz, Spain

I've been connected to nature at an early age, for work and hobbies. Not so long ago I started taking pictures, perhaps as a means to have what I feel in nature and often can not explain in words. I like all types of photography, although I predilection for soil movement and often flee sharpness and close-ups, I am more interested in capturing the animals in their natural and having a small part of the picture.   Another facet of what I seek is a somewhat pictorial of what nature gives us, is something that more resembles the paintings or drawings of a child, that the focus centered on the animal's eye.   The increasingly extreme environments are what inspire me, but in any embankment or piece of ice I can settle with the camera for hours. Also the night and the stars have a big influence on what I look for and pursue. Floor dream photos then try to capture with the camera, but always leave room for spontaneity of a moment he looked. I've been awarded in contests like Asferico, monphoto, Memorial Marial Luisa, EDC Natura

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