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Glenn Bartley

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Messy but Good - Blue and Black Tanager
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:58:28 AM »

Sometimes "grab shots" that are kind of messy wind up being some of my favourites. I love it when there is order in the chaos of mother nature.

I snapped this one while wandering around the eastern slope of the Andes one morning in Ecuador. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea. But I liked it :-)



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Re: Messy but Good - Blue and Black Tanager
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2013, 02:59:50 PM »

I guess the Tanager wouldn't wait for you to prune the dead branches.

It's still a splendid portrait, as usual.
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Re: Messy but Good - Blue and Black Tanager
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2013, 03:03:13 PM »

I like it because it really has context, but the bird still stands out
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Re: Messy but Good - Blue and Black Tanager
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2013, 04:19:42 PM »

The blue of the bird really stands out amongst the soft green of the environment.  What a great shot :)

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Re: Messy but Good - Blue and Black Tanager
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2013, 05:34:22 PM »

I like it despite the fact that the image is messy and perhaps more problematically, it is unbalanced.  The composition is almost atonal in its lack of balance.  the messiness it think is totally okay.  But with all these defects, the little tanager saves the day with such a beautiful and solitary contrast to the background and environment.  The bright blue bird is like a simple song in a cacophony background. 

The tension works well.  It isn't a relaxing or easygoing composition, but it is great.
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