WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016


Sandra Bartocha, Germany

Heart’s delight

A tiny plant absorbed all Sandra’s attention that summer evening on the Swedish island of Öland. Shooting macro meant a narrow depth in focus, so she chose an in‑camera double exposure, focusing on the first and then third row of seeds. ‘The challenge was balancing,’ says Sandra, ‘and finding that perfect frame’.

The Cotswold pennycress produces clusters of tiny, white flowers in spring, which ripen into delicate, heart-shaped seedpods. This species sets up home on limestone soils and old walls throughout Europe. However, due to the removal of marginal land and the use of herbicides this species is now becoming increasingly rare.

Technical specification

Nikon D800; 105mm f2.8 lens; 1/100 sec at f4.2; ISO 100; double exposure.

Djupvik, Öland, Sweden: latitude 57.0213, longitude 16.836378 Djupvik, Öland, Sweden: latitude 57.0213, longitude 16.836378

Djupvik, Öland, Sweden

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Sandra Bartocha

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.

  • Orchid in a flush of garlic
  • Harbinger of spring
  • Tongue orchid and hare's-tail
  • Light show
  • The magical forest
  • Storm rollers