This picture of short grasses trapped in lake ice looks like a canvas of delicate brush strokes. While walking on the shore of the lake, Hugo’s idea was to frame ‘a small painting’ and use an in-camera double exposure. Between taking two pictures with identical settings, he moved the tripod very slightly, turning ice and grass into art. Plants in temperate climates have developed mechanisms to survive the harsh conditions of winter. For example anti-freeze proteins prevent ice crystals from forming inside and outside cells. Plants can also accumulate organic compounds such as sugar to reduce the freezing point of water.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 100mm f2.8 lens; 1/5 sec at f16; ISO 200; Gitzo tripod.
Lake Dürrensee, South Tyrol, Italy
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Hugo Wassermann, Italy
Hugo has been interested in nature since he was a child, and brought a camera with his first paycheck. He is a founding member of Strix – the Association of South Tyrolean Nature Photographers. He focuses on local nature and macrophotography, and his images have won awards in international competitions. Hugo was chosen as GDT’s European Nature Photographer of the Year in 2004.