01 WON­DER AT THE WORLD

WON­DER: SPEC­TAC­U­LAR MO­MENTS IN NA­TURE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY OUT 7 AU­GUST (£ 26, CHRON­I­CLE BOOKS)

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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.

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