WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Finalist 2015


Hadrien Lalagüe, France

Frozen moments

Following a familiar childhood trail through the forest, Hadrien noticed this unusual pattern of ice in a ditch, strewn with oak leaves. Intrigued by its formation he was drawn to capture its beauty. Balancing precariously above the fragile surface he caught this moment of simplicity. In the days leading up to this image, the temperature had fluctuated from above freezing during the day to subzero at night. This is what caused the water to freeze in stages, creating these undulating layers. The scattered brown leaves will have been drained of green chlorophyll before falling, extracted by the tree for vital nutrients.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 20D + Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 lens at 57mm; 1/40 sec at f5; ISO 200.

Arthez-d’Armagnac, Aquitaine, France: latitude 43.889034, longitude -0.222341 Arthez-d’Armagnac, Aquitaine, France: latitude 43.889034, longitude -0.222341

Arthez-d’Armagnac, Aquitaine, France

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Hadrien Lalagüe, France

Hadrien has always been fascinated by the natural world. After completing a PhD in ecology and genetics, he moved to French Guiana to work as a biologist and photographer.