After hours struggling to keep her tripod steady and lens free of spray and snow at -10 degrees Celsius, everything came together in one moment and Sandra captured this perfect shot. ‘I took hundreds of images that day,’ she says, ‘but just this one conveyed the true feeling of wildness’.
Waves crash against an island along the Norwegian coast during a winter storm. The peaks in the distance once formed the base of an ancient mountain range called the Caledonides that stood as tall as the Himalayas. At nearly two billion years old, these rocks are older than all animal and plant life on Earth.
Nikon D3X; 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 100mm and polarising filter; 0.6 sec at f16; ISO 100; Gitzo tripod and Really Right Stuff ballhead.
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Sandra Bartocha, Germany
Sandra specialises in landscapes and plants. She seeks to photograph nature in an artistic way, focusing on details, light, colours and moods, and using creative camera techniques to best capture the beauty of a scene. Her pictures have been published in magazines, books and calendars, and she has received prizes in numerous international competitions.