Late one July evening, walking slowly along the edge of a wheat field near his village - Cousset, in Switzerland - looking for subjects to photograph, Etienne noticed 'a little ball' stuck to an ear of wheat. 'To my surprise,' says Etienne, 'it was a harvest mouse, nibbling the grain.' Etienne approached until he was a few metres away and managed to photograph the tiny mouse at various angles before it scuttled back down the wheat stalk. 'The meeting was brief but extraordinary,' he adds. 'This was my favourite out of all the portraits,' showing it eating, its prehensile tail helping it to balance.
Nikon D7000 + 300mm f4 lens; 1/320 sec at f4 (-0.3 e/v); ISO 500.
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Etienne Francey, Switzerland
Etienne started taking pictures of wildlife at the age of 10, and was taught about photography technique by his grandfather. He photographs the nature around his home, and finds that this allows him to relax, observe and discover different species. He hopes to teach photography when he is older.