Guia shot the picture of the woman with a Canon EOS 5DS R, which she likes because it's fast and sharp, and cancels the low-pass filter effect that can blur details, particularly on landscape shots. She used her Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens at 33mm "because it is the lens that contains all my favourite focal lengths in one: 35-50mm. [Taking this one lens] helps me to stay light and avoid changing lenses in difficult weather," she says. Even though the final image looks white, the sun was dim, so she set the ISO to 800, the shutter speed to 1/100 sec, and aperture to f/5.
The biggest challenge that Guia met on this shoot was working with cold hands. She wore a thick pair of gloves with a thinner, touchscreen-friendly pair underneath. Taking the top pair off to operate the camera, it was a race against time to take the shot before she started losing the use of her fingers.
In recent years, abnormal weather – most likely the result of global warming – has caused problems in Svalbard. Some scientists warn that the resulting avalanches and landslides could soon make Longyearbyen disappear. Does this background information gives Guia's photographs a hidden layer of meaning? Is it a warning of what’s to come? ”This picture kind of describes how in the wilderness and remote places you see animals in charge of their surroundings," she says, and, also, humans letting nature take the lead. "I like the way that the woman holds back her right arm and hand. This movement underlines how she lets herself be guided by the dog, and is somehow accepting him as a leader."