#BehindTheShot – Monthly Winners

Photographs give us the unique opportunity to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Taking us to places we’ve never been, introducing us to people we would otherwise never know, and sharing stories that serve to inspire, inform, entertain and move us, expanding our own world in innumerable ways.

 

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Here, we’re thrilled to be able to share the #BehindTheShot contest winners, visit https://bit.ly/2K7KOyU where you can vote on the images that you think deserve to win!

 


 

Germain Piveteau
The summer evening sky was very clear, and I was in search of finding the perfect scene to capture using a long exposure on my camera. After more than an hour trying to find an interesting composition, I finally found the shot I wanted to take. the time has arrived. To my great delight, the sky had suddenly taken on an orange hue, and I was able to take this shot. It took a long exposure (117 seconds) to capture this beautiful effect with sea. It was a reminder of how amazing photography is.

Claire Tucker
This shot was taken in London on a new development called Wood Wharf. The building is in construction but my aim was to shoot it so it looks complete – patience is something I could use more of, I suppose. Since the construction of the building was in progress, I had to find the right angles and lens length that would allow me a clean shot of its geometric form. Additionally, I had the challenge of having to dodge security officers, which always ruins a workflow.

Vincent Trenteseaux
I had wanted to do a portrait with a particular atmosphere in mind; a combination of something both nostalgic and a bit melancholy. The “old-fashioned” bulbs and my subject’s well-groomed hair and beard helped create the nostalgic feel I was looking for, and the model conveyed just the right touch of melancholy I wanted. This image was created using a “Strobist” approach, using 3 cobra flashes topped with light boxes. The installation of the bulbs, hung on a support that was over my model, was a tedious effort. Also, at each framing, it was necessary to adapt the height of each electrical wire so that the bulbs were visually balanced within the frame.

Tom Brotzman
This majestic eagle was shot in a very remote part of Olga Bay on Kodiak island in Alaska.

Sébastien Sintz
Summer 2019, in Acre in Brazil, this casual photo of the Puwé chief of the Puyanawa people was a dream come true for me. I was thrilled to meet the chief of this indigenous tribe of the Amazon!

Dan Ussell
I took this photo at the International Rally of New Caledonia. Covering this rally for the local press, I positioned myself in a tree at the exit of a turn. When this car rounded the turn, I had just enough time to take three pictures, this one being the third shot. The driver finished the race in barrels at the base of the tree in which I was perched.

Tim Clark
I took this shot during a dance demonstration, that was part of a public dance event, on the South Bank of London. I was 5 floors above the dancers. One of the key challenges I had was to anticipate the dance moves to capture the right moment of movement while avoiding getting the spectators in the shot. Olympus EM1,60mm.

Pawel Piskorz
One weekend, I decided to visit a lovely lake district in the UK. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t great – a lot of rain and poor light. I travelled throughout the lake area for entire day, hoping to find an interesting composition and for the weather to break, neither of which was happening. I was a 4-hour drive from home, so I decided to pull into a rest stop area for a quick nap. That’s when I saw this beautiful clear sky – I was awed by how many stars I could see! I jumped out of my car to take the shot, and saw that the rest stop was, in fact, right by the lake I had been traveling around all day!
Technical Info: 13x vertical photos Sony a7iii with a kit lens

Campean Dan
On a hot summer day in Romania, it started to rain, the brides were exhausted and unwilling to pose anymore, and I had to put myself on the belly in the rain, to catch the reflection. My assistant was behind them, with a flash. it was the only picture I managed to make for them in that moment.

F.Xavier Cuvelier
The plateau of Bure in the Hautes-Alpes deserves. The only way to access the site of the IRAM (interferometer) is the walk: a hike of 1000 m altitude, on just over 3 kms. Equipped to spend a full night in July, our 25 kg backpacks weighed us all the way up. The reward was worthy of our efforts, and the night was short between shots, panoramas and time lapses.

Marc Michael Huber
During the morning exit, we heard the lion roar in Savuti, Botswana. After a short time, we could watch him grazing through the bush. The sun gave a nice grazing light, which gave this recording something else. It was an experience.

John Kubicek
I was in Tromso, Norway to photograph the northern lights. While the weather conditions for my first night there were, in fact, perfect, according to the forecast, the northern lights would not be in view. The temperature was frigid -18 degrees Celsius – so I had dressed warmly and positioned myself with my tripod in a suitable place to capture the foreground without getting other photographers in the picture. I was excited to get my perfect shot, but apart from many stars, the forecasters were right and there were no northern lights that night. I went out the following night to try again and this time the sky literally exploded in brilliant light. This picture was taken along with about 100 more pictures I took since I couldn’t take my finger off the shutter release for fear of missing anything. I can now take “photographing the northern lights” off my photographic bucket list.

Amber Loosemore
I embarked on an early morning hike in Canada, taking 3 hours to climb up Mount Sulphur Skyline. It was well worth the experience and the views that were included. As I was taking in the scenery, this little guy popped up – a Canadian ground squirrel, loving the attention, that’s for sure! I only had my iPhone 8 Plus on hand, and thought it was a great opportunity to focus on the animal in Portrait Mode, while having the surrounding mountains as the background.

Martin Strasser
This picture was taken during a business trip I was on in China. It shows the Tianjin Eye, which was taken from a bridge where dozens of other photographers, all armed with tripods, had gathered. They were packed together, shoulder to shoulder and the bridge swayed due to the sheer number of people. I used my Olympus OM-D E-M1X, and thanks to its image stabilizer and high-resolution mode, I was also able to capture the image by hand. The sky was awash in color and dramatic clouds for just a few moments and I was thrilled I could capture this scene amidst all the other photographers.

Tracy Mccrackin
This image was taken on an arduous hike in Iceland. The harbor at sunset was simply stunning. “Sunset” in Iceland, where the sun settles slowly into a low, broad arc, offers breathtaking lighting for picture taking. It was freezing cold and damp, since it had just rained a few hours before this image was taken, and it was just at the end of winter, so the mountain caps were still covered in snow. I used my Nikon camera to create this panorama, along with my SpyderX to color calibrate these brilliant hues.

Erik Hattrem
The architect behind this building wanted to show how wooden material came out amongst other old buildings in the area, which is a museum. I also, on my own initiative, captured it by night. I used an exposure time of 14 minutes on f22 on Kodak Portra 160 4×5 inch film with an 150mm lens on a Sinar camera. This was my way to capture the night sky smooth, even and colorful. I used this film for the enormous latitude/dynamic range. It was a snowy night, so thankfully the long exposure time removed the snowflakes and made a fog-like layer on this capture. I made a picture i had pre-visualized. Details inside in the earm light, in the snow, texture in the wooden material and a dreamlike sky. I scanned it on an ICG drums canner and post processed it in Photoshop on a Spyder 3 Elite-calibrated Eizo SX2462W-monitor.

Marjan Risteski
Taken on Ontario lake with Canon G1X mark 2. The heart shaped stone was found on the beach, looked cool enough to make a good subject 🙂

Thomas Gustin
It is thanks to a snap shot that I spotted this young kit not far from my home in Belgium. I was then able to make a lookout and I was very lucky to be able to observe, they were three, all very curious and quite players at that age. A very nice moment to live.

 


 

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Here, we’re thrilled to be able to share the #BehindTheShot contest winners, visit https://bit.ly/2K7KOyU where you can vote on the images that you think deserve to win!