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Winner mars 2018


Sebastian Svanborg


Here I was, looking for the perfect landscape photo on unknown fields. I chased the fog along with the sunrise. I came to this place before the sunrise, but I knew quite exactly where the sun would go up. A cup of coffee and then the wait. Once the sun rose over the hills, I realized the deer. I was now in a hurry! I got a few photos and was more than happy with my result!


The winner of our "Image of the month" contest for Mars is Sebastian Svanborg!

Sven Začek's motivation for the winning image is:

“I got what I asked for - a photo that has everything! Actually I got a few of them, so a big thank you to all the participants! But as this format allows only one to be the Image of the Month, then this amazing morning scene is the winner. It really does have everything - superb light, nice landscape, perfect composition and a special touch from nature in the form of a deer wrapped in fog. And who doesn’t like fog? Especially the golden kind created by the rising sun. Well, I am a sucker for it and always will be.”
- Sven Začek

Where are you from?

I'm from Oxelösund in Södermanland.

How does it feel having your contribution as the winner of the Image of the Month?

It's really an honor, I must say. There were a lot of nice photos uploaded to this competition.

Where and when is this photo taken?

This photo was taken just outside of Nyköping, located in the county of Södermanland. The photo was taken during an early morning on the 17th of July 2017.

What is the story about your photo?

My plan with this morning was to photograph some landscapes, preferably in combination with fog and sunrise. I saw beautiful fog quite far away gathered in a valley and I expected that the sun would rise around this place. Perfect! I went down the gravel road and poured me a cup of coffee and waited for the first rays of sun. I was quite excited about my surroundings - this will be great. I adjusted the camera settings as much as possible, I knew I would shoot in direct sunlight so there would be some readjustments when the sun was up. As I got out of the car I saw something coming out from the dark forest. It was an unaccompanied deer. My heart rate rose slightly, this will be great! I took around 10-15 photos in different compositions and some I could see were very beautiful in preview. More than satisfied, I got back to the car and drove home and couldn't help stopping several times to watch the photos in the camera. A morning I'll never forget.

How did you get in to photographing?

Photography has been an interest for me for as long as I can remember. I have always red National Geographic and been fascinated about the photos in the magazine. But the truth is I've always felt a bit worried that it was difficult to manage a DSLR camera so it took a while before I really got started. In the summer of 2016, we were at Skara Sommarland with the family and my step daughter had her Nikon D3100 with her. I brought it up into the woods and after that there was no turning back. I red everything I could find about photography techniques and settings on the internet. That was the beginning of my journey.

What objects and themes do you preferably photograph?

I love to photograph the nature; the landscapes, wildlife and plants. I actually like to photograph a lot of things, but the nature is closest to my heart. I also love early morning light, so that's the time I usually go out.

What kind of camera equipments do you use?

My kitbag consists of a Nikon D810 and a Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 and a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art. My next investment will be a long telephoto or a great telezoom so that I can come closer to my objects.

Is photography a hobby or work?

I photograph all the time! It is both a favorite hobby but also my part time job. I started my own company this year, so it's still new.

Tell us about your favorite photo memory?

My favorite photo memory is no doubt this photo I took above. Everything was on point. That the deer chose to step out and seek some heat just when I stood there is a bit of a miracle for me. I am forever thankful for that animal. This summer I will probably put some apples on that field, hoping that this deer will get a delicious breakfast haha.