Nocturnal Visions Winners

Nocturnal Visions

In the May 2019 issue we have published a special section with images that showcase the eerie charm and character of night-time photography.

$100 Prize

The winner has received the $100 cash prize and the winning picture will be promoted throughout our social media platforms to over 650,000 followers.

Duurswoude, Netherlands
Nikon D610, Nikon 20mm f/1.8, f/8, 15sec, ISO 2500

In the middle of a large heathland, hidden in the woods, is a small lake with birch trees on either side. After a long drought last summer the lake had become very shallow. This made it possible to photograph this beautiful reflection on the lake's water, which makes the composition very unique.

It was a perfect windless evening with no clouds, so the starry sky was beautifully visible. It was around a new moon, dark enough to avoid the disturbing moonlight.

After capturing a number of frames, a small layer of ground fog rolled in, which gave the image a bit of an extra atmosphere. At a certain moment the fog became denser and the result was that the tree became isolated – it seemed as if it was standing on an island.

By placing a small dimmable LED lamp under the tree, I applied even more emphasis to it and formed a similar shape with the light pollution on the background.

I had been to this place a few times before and had photographed this tree from different angles, but never under such circumstances. This lasted only 20 minutes, then the fog was gone and the image became a lot less exciting.

It is worth visiting the same locations again and again as you never know what you will find, it all depends on the weather.

Every time I see this picture I think of the effort I have made and that it has ultimately produced this wonderful result.

View the winner and all finalists in HD inside issue 99 of Landscape Photography Magazine

Issue 99 • May 2019