Out of the blue
It was an overcast, drizzly summer day, but the mountain slopes near Malbun, Liechtenstein, were covered with flowers, and the lack of bright light was perfect for photography. Having found a particularly lovely clump of trumpet gentians, Edwin knelt down to take a closer look. 'As I peered into the flower, I saw several ants inside - a secret world you would never know existed until you look closely.' He spent some time trying to get the ants in focus, his task made more difficult because of the short depth of field and poor light conditions. Eventually, though, he decided on an abstract image. 'I love the way the ants seem to peer out at the world through a tiny little window.'
Nikon D300 + Tamron 90mm lens; 1/200 sec at f5.6; ISO 640.
Malbun, Triesenberg, Liechtenstein
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Edwin Giesbers, The Netherlands
Edwin is a professional photographer who has been published in BBC Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic, Terre Sauvage and Camera Natura. In 2011 National Geographic commissioned him and Dutch Media to produce a nature photography book in the Netherlands and Belgium. He is a member of the International Environment Photographers Association.