Etienne had been itching to use his macro lens all winter, and this newly emerged snowdrop provided the perfect excuse. ‘I love their simplicity, and how they bloom so early, unafraid of the cold,’ he says. He sprayed water to enhance the blurred areas and partly covered the lens to produce the flared moons, creating an atmospheric image that celebrates this familiar flower. Also known as the flower of hope, snowdrops bloom in February and are seen to herald the end of winter. There are numerous cultivated varieties, but only 20 wild species, many in tiny populations, some critically endangered. Favouring cool conditions they are highly climate-sensitive, and are likely to be under considerable threat due to climate change.
Nikon D800 + 150mm f2.8 lens; 1/60 sec at f4 (-1.7 e/v); ISO 800; Nikon flash + incandescent filter; Manfrotto tripod.
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.