‘Esther’s image was so simple and peaceful that for us it symbolised the hope and rejuvenation that the season of Spring offers,’ said a Sony representative.
The picture shows a blackthorn blossom, which is one of my favourite types of blossoms to photograph in early Spring,’ Esther explains. ‘I always pay close attention to the light and the background, so that it’s not too bright or busy, and I can isolate the subject and create an image that is as calm as possible. Fortunately for me, blossoms are perfect models! They are still if the wind is not blowing too much and they are very patient so, I can try out different compositions and settings at my leisure."
Photographing flowers, and blossom in particular, is something that Esther loves doing, and she dedicates a lot of her time to getting the shots just right, which you can find on her Instagram page @esthers_eyes.
‘In March and April, I regularly go to a blackthorn forest to see if it is already in bloom although, this year it didn’t bloom until April! I like to make the blackthorn blossoms big as they are actually very small in real life, so they become a kind of blossom portraits. In the Summer, I again get very inspired by all the flowers, scents, and colours. August is my favourite summer month because of the purple heather. Autumn is equally beautiful with all the beautiful fall colours, and the mushrooms are of course also great to photograph. All seasons are interesting for macro photography, but if I had to choose, Spring is my favourite!’
Esther took the shot using a Sony Alpha 7 III and a 70mm f/2.8 macro lens, where she used features, such as Focus Peaking, Manual Focus Assist and in-camera SteadyShot stabilisation to make sure her blossom portraits are always sharp. Thanks to winning the competition, she will now also be able to use the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 G Master, which she chose as her prize.
‘The lens will be a perfect addition to my collection because of its beautiful depth of field and short focusing distance. I cannot wait to try out the lens when the heather is in bloom in August! I will of course, also use it for portrait photography and as a general all-round lens.’
Congratulations also go to our runners up Anthony Million and Gianni Matan, who placed second and third with their images of a field of blooming flowers and two birds sitting on a branch.
You can find them on Instagram at @anthony_million_photography and @gianni_maitan.