The art of balance
On the first day of heavy winter snow, Roy headed for Jæren, in southwest Norway, to photograph the snow-covered beaches. On the dunes, he found yellowhammers feeding on the remnants of wild rye poking out of the snow. 'I crept closer and waited until a few eventually came close enough,' he says. 'My aim was to create a simple composition with the grass, focusing on one bird but keeping a second one in the background, to add depth.' To Roy's amusement, his main subject had difficulty keeping its balance, 'stretching its wing out to the side for stability,' and adding an extra element to the design.
Nikon D3s + 70-200mm f2.8 lens; 1/2500 sec at f4; ISO 1250; Tc-14 converter.
Jæren, Stavanger, Norway