I know, I don’t have eye contact from my subject which is one of the unspoken rules in bird and wildlife photography but I don’t mind bending those rules when it comes to images that I find interesting or appealing. I like how this images makes my mind wonder… Where is the Barn Owl going? Is it searching for prey?
I love the warm tones of the bird against the pure white of the snow, the spread of the wings and those big feet hanging down. That is enough for me with this image.
This image reminds me of a fairy tale, I think it was about the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson and the imagery in the story of the ice covered country side seems similar to what is in this frame. And again, I love the spread of the wings, the fanned out tail and the way the colors of the owl’s plumage is echoed in the exposed dirt on the hillside.
Yes, I try to always get eye contact from my subjects but some times I don’t mind butt shots at all.