WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2012


Magnus Carlsson, Sweden

Heavenly view

To take his photography to the next level, Magnus gained a pilot’s licence. His challenge then was to perfect the art of flying a floatplane while leaning out of the door to take photographs. In particular, he longed to photograph the forest near his home in Swedish Lapland. So when the forecast predicted mild winds and falling night temperatures, Magnus knew there would be a good chance of early morning fog. ‘It was still dark as I cleared the frost from the plane’s wings. Then I took the plane’s doors off, because aerial photography is so much better if there’s no Plexiglas in the way.’ As dawn broke, Magnus taxied across the water, took off and soared towards the forest. ‘As soon as I was airborne, I knew that it was going to be a magical morning,’ he says. ‘The sun threw shadows on the dense mist, which rose like steam, framing the creek. My fingers were soon numb with the cold. But I didn’t mind – the view was so breathtaking. It’s a portrait of where I live, where I work – my home, which I love.’

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV + 135mm f2 lens; 1/2000 sec at f13; ISO 640.

Skellefteå, Sweden: latitude 64.7502, longitude 20.9509 Skellefteå, Sweden: latitude 64.7502, longitude 20.9509

Skellefteå, Sweden

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