You don’t need to travel far to get fantastic nature photos. If you’re at the right place at the right time, you’ll end up with amazing shots even in your neighborhood. This photo from Zoheir Brihoum is a perfect example. Zoheir photographed a praying mantis “repairing a broken heart,” and it’s one of those images that you want to come back to.
I chatted with Zoheir a bit about how the photo was taken. As I mentioned, it was shot “just around the corner,” in a small forest near his home. The praying mantis was standing on the plant so that it made it look like an unfinished heart. Zoheir saw it and had an idea: he gently rotated the plant so it faces the sun, and took the photo.
Other than rotating the plant, there weren’t any interventions on the scene. It’s a single shot, taken with a Fujifilm XH1 paired with a Fuji XF 60mm f2.4 Macro. Even the editing isn’t harsh, as Zoheir only removed vignetting a bit and exported the RAW file from Lightroom. Finally, the image got the title that rounds up the concept perfectly: Repairing a Broken Heart.
As you’ve probably figured out by now, I love how this photo turned out. I think that photographers and other visual artists see things a bit differently and have lots of imagination: and this photo, along with its name, definitely shows it. Another thing is: most of us won’t travel anywhere this year. So, look for beautiful things in your own neighborhood, nearby parks and forests. Trust me, they’re just waiting for you to photograph them.
Zoheir mainly posts photos on Facebook, so make sure to check them out here.