The Spirit Bird

PhotographerChristoph Fischer
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyChristoph Fischer Photography
City/CountryMontreal, Canada
Photo Date12th January 2014
Technical Info70mm, 1/25s, f/9, ISO 400, pan
Entry Description

South Africa’s De Hoop Nature Reserve harbors a magical combination of giant white sand dunes against a turquoise ocean. I was attempting to capture the flight of sea gulls in this unique environment, including panning their flight against the turquoise waters. When I descended a sand dune, a sea gull flew in and pulled up at some distance from me and I panned vertically to capture the moment. I was elated when I reviewed this image at home - a painting of nature, abstract and impressionistic, brought to completion by a winged, ghostly creature, seemingly ascending above this surreal landscape.

About Photographer

I am a landscape and travel photographer based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I love the natural world and I always feel the need to capture, and freeze in time, any beautiful scenes I bear witness to. Photography thus naturally fits into my world. At the same time, the thrill of chasing great light as well as the way photography makes me look at the world with new eyes, is wonderful. My work is extensive and covers North America (mostly Canada), South America (predominantly Colombia), Europe and Africa (South Africa). It covers the entire breadth of landscapes, mostly grand vistas, in all seasons. I seek bold, unusual compositions and hope to infuse the viewer with a sense of excitement, wonder and contemplation. I have been honored in international competition and have been published in premier Canadian photography magazines, Smithsonian Magazine, as well as in National Geographic Media.