WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Finalist 2015

Invertebrates

Klaus Tamm, Germany

Wings of summer

Among the bustling flower meadow Klaus’s eye caught a pair of black-veined white butterflies, resting either side of a vetch flower. ‘I was intrigued by the symmetrical shape of this pair against the colourful backdrop,’ says Klaus. Using a wide aperture, he blurred the background to frame their delicate mirrored forms with a riot of colour. Females of this species, on the right, look more transparent than males due to an unexplained tendency to rub their wings together, brushing off some of the scales. Males and females often gather in large numbers to roost, aggregating on flowers and other perching sites.

Technical specification

Nikon D7100 + 200-400mm f4 lens + 1.4x extender at 550mm; 1/1250 sec at f5.6; ISO 500.


Tuscany, Italy: latitude 43.560936, longitude 11.380597 Tuscany, Italy: latitude 43.560936, longitude 11.380597

Tuscany, Italy

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Klaus Tamm

Klaus Tamm, Germany

Klaus has been interested in nature since he was a child. He tries to make the observer pause for a moment and reflect on his images. Klaus’s photography excursions have taken him to remote regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania and Spain, as well as South Africa, South America and the Falkland Islands.

  • Sizing up
  • Realm of the condor
  • Meadow canvas