WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Commended 2013

Botanical Realms

Valter Binotto, Italy

Simplicity

Valter needed dew for his picture. It was crucial to generate 'bokeh' - a Japanese word for the aesthetic quality of out-of-focus points of light - with a vintage lens. A day of rain followed by a clear night left the dog's tooth violets in a meadow near his home in Possagno, Italy, drenched in dew. 'The light was intense, and there wasn't a breath of air to disturb the scene,' says Valter. He set up before dawn, choosing his flower, and as the first rays of sun touched the petals at the right angle, he took the image - one that captures for him some of the magic of the moment. 'The dog's tooth violet is a simple flower, so common that it is often overlooked,' he says. 'The bokeh effect is a way to honour its great beauty.'

Technical specification

Nikon D300 + Meyer Gorlitz Trioplan 100mm f2.8 lens; 1/1600 sec at f2.8; ISO 160; Gitzo tripod; reflecting panel.


Possagno, Italy: latitude 45.8514, longitude 11.8739 Possagno, Italy: latitude 45.8514, longitude 11.8739

Possagno, Italy

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Valter Binotto

Valter Binotto, Italy

Valter seeks to promote nature conservation through his photography. He believes that if people respect nature, we will be able to protect it and raise awareness for future generations. Valter works with nature conservation associations to organise events connected to nature and photography.

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