Orsolya Haarberg

Orsolya Haarberg (website, fb-page)
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Where are you from?
I am from Hungary, but I have been living in Norway since 2005.

Why did you want to become a Photographer?
Nature photography is my passion, and I feel really lucky that it finally became my profession. However, the way to this point was rather long and winding. I graduated as a landscape architect, and did a PhD course in wildlife management (studied the feeding behavior of Eurasian beavers in Norway) although I have never defended my thesis. It was more attractive to drop the PhD and start doing full time nature photography…

Why did you choose this particular shot to be your favorite photograph?
For many reasons. Apart from the careful planning, a lot of lucky coincidences helped me to capture this image: clear weather, fresh snow, the full Moon, the stormy wind, ice on lake Myvatn, and finally but most importantly, the thin gaps in the ice through which water reached the surface and arrested the snow carried by the wind. This is how the white lines in the foreground were built during one or two hours, in the front of my eyes. Besides the foreground, I planned the whole frame days in advance, and took the image when the full Moon was coming. I think I managed to capture the Moon-like atmosphere that you can often experience (but only rarely capture) in Iceland.

Anything else you want to add?
This image has also been very successful: it has been published in the National Geographic Magazine worldwide (May 2012), it was awarded the Nature Photo of the Year in Hungary in 2011, it won the landscape category of the prestigious Russian Nature Photo Contest „Golden Turtle” in 2011, and it was highly honored in the American „Nature’s Best” Photo Competition in 2010.

Orsolya Haarberg

The Hverfjall crater in early spring with full Moon, Iceland.March 2011

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