Tongue orchid and hare's-tail
For Sandra, the lure of the Gargano peninsula in southern Italy was its orchids. At least 69 different species grow here, and the location is famous for them. Choosing the light of early morning and early evening, Sandra searched for subjects on the slopes of Monte Sacro in the Gargano National Park. Finding a tongue orchid growing among hare's-tail and quaking grasses, she used an in-camera double exposure to keep the softness of the scene, focusing on the two different layers within the frame - the orchid and the hare's-tail. The light is purely that of the setting sun.
Nikon D200 + 105mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f3.3; polarizing filter; ISO 100.
Monte Sacro, Gargano National Park, Italy
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Sandra Bartocha, Germany
Sandra specialises in landscapes and plants. She seeks to photograph nature in an artistic way, focusing on details, light, colours and moods, and using creative camera techniques to best capture the beauty of a scene. Her pictures have been published in magazines, books and calendars, and she has received prizes in numerous international competitions.