One of the most powerful attributes in a great wildlife image is capturing the eyes of the subject. Eye contact plays a vital role in human interaction and communication with each other and animals, so we automatically connect to a particular image more so if there is eye contact with the subject.
Animals or birds portray a wide range of colour variations. In the case of cats – whether it is the rich amber colour of the cheetah, the piercing yellow of a lion or leopard, it is far easier to illustrate. In some of the other predators such as wild dog and hyena, it is far more difficult to make their eyes more distinctive and captivating to portray as they have rather dull eye colorations.
Elephants have comparatively small eyes that are often covered by long and thick eye lashes, but if you can manage to capture an image that distinctly shows the eye, it will make for a very powerful photograph.
#beinspiredby: Eye Contact
Here’s how it works if you want to share your images with us this week.
- Look through your images and select some of your favourite wildlife experiences.
- Process or reprocess them like you normally would using your favourite post-processing software.
- Go to the Wild Eye Facebook page
- Post your image there using with this heading: #beinspiredby: Eye Contact
- In the description share some of your thoughts behind the experience and image. Tell us why it was special!
- Check the Facebook page throughout the weekend to see some of the other images and quotes that people are uploading.
- Next Monday I will then choose 5 of my favourite images and share them on the blog.
We look forward to you sharing images that you have managed to capture that connect to the viewer through the animals eyes.