01 WONDER AT THE WORLD
WONDER: SPECTACULAR MOMENTS IN NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY OUT 7 AUGUST (£ 26, CHRONICLE BOOKS)
It was cold January morning, the final day of photographer Connor Stefanison’s week-long trip to Yellowstone National Park. Mist swirled across the geothermal pools at Mammoth Hot Springs, while heat-tolerant algae and cyanobacteria transformed the colour of the rocks to shades of yellow, brown and green. The whole scene had an otherworldly feel, which inspired him to capture it in a photograph.
Stefanison’s image seen here was one of the finalists in the California Academy of Sciences BigPicture Natural World Photography competition, and it’s being showcased along with over 100 others in a new book called Wonder: Spectacular Moments In Nature Photography.
While the animal photographs capture those behaviours that humans don’t often get to see, the landscape shots preserve transient moments in nature that might be missed by those without a photographer’s eye. And if you’re keen to recreate the images yourself, you’ll be pleased to know that the book explains the scientific phenomena and photographic techniques behind each shot.