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Challenge: Art of 2016 (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D500
Date: Aug 2, 2016
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 2200
Shutter: 1/2000
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2017

[Jan. 24th, 2017 12:05:43 PM]

We can call this "Accidental Art", I suppose. The intent, when I shot this, was to capture the moment of liftoff, something I failed to do. But when I saw what I captured I was struck by the beauty of it in its incompleteness. Nothing purposefully cropped, except perhaps up a little from the bottom to balance what I had. Scratches added to break up the monotony of the open areas while, hopefully, giving a feeling of motion or disruption.

I'm thankful that it's come across the way I wanted and am thankful to those who have taken the time to comment. And a special thanks to Jane (MeMex2) for the constant encouragement as I try to figure out what exactly "art" is and how to make it.

Place: 18 out of 150
Avg (all users): 6.1275
Avg (commenters): 7.8462
Avg (participants): 6.2625
Avg (non-participants): 5.6364
Views since voting: 362
Views during voting: 218
Votes: 102
Comments: 16
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01/26/2017 10:19:54 PM
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You can’t quite hear the “whoosh” of the wings, because they’re just out of frame. We’re left with just the quiet in that split second before the wings reverse and flap again. The timing here is exquisite – something I think is a touchstone of good photography. We can set up marvelous shots and get everything just so, but the little moments, like this, are what make a photograph stand apart, to me. The engineer in me loves the pattern in the wood, both the grain and the construction. The inept photographer in me likes that single green leaf. The detail on the feather is fascinating, mostly because of the lack of symmetry in the markings. But still I’m mostly fascinated by this wonderful, permanent suspension of the bird – it is in flight, but forever just right there. One of those neat tricks of a photograph.
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01/26/2017 02:30:56 AM
A winner. Thanks.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2017 11:13:44 PM
wonderful slice of gesture.
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01/24/2017 07:42:41 PM
This is..incredible. Excellent processing, and composition.
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01/24/2017 01:22:11 PM
Very art worthy. Great detail for an action shot.
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01/24/2017 11:50:48 AM
Genius composition, lovely muted colors, great use of texture. 8.
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01/24/2017 09:51:42 AM
Really love this!
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01/23/2017 06:43:50 PM
The scratches and details work well, to distract us and envelope us into the absurdly mundane plot. Excellent.
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01/23/2017 04:04:19 PM
What an excellent catch.
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01/23/2017 11:18:46 AM
Awesome crop.
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01/22/2017 07:13:32 PM
LOL - I've taken a few of those as well. It's a fun image.
Glad you put it in.
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01/22/2017 12:14:59 PM
So often in photography the real decisive moment is actually the frame before, or the frame after, THE moment that most photographers would think of as the perfect one. Something about to happen, or as in this case something that has just happened. That's a wonderful thing about photography as a medium: you can depict the 'moment-and-a-half' so well. You never see a painting or a sculpture (or a novel or a poem) that offers its audience a view of an event that's apparently so negligently depicted as to be almost missed, and get away with it. The complete bird is all the better illustrated in your picture by not being complete. The viewer soars with the bird here, which is much more fun and inspiring than is sitting around pecking a few seeds. The texture is apt enough too; it is a subliminal nudge for the viewer in the direction of perfect imperfection. And yet, the photographic rendering of the bird's tail feathers is actually quite high-fidelity. Which proves as well that you don't have to be blurry to be artistic! Here it's the concept that's 'blurry', intentionally so, and to great effect. Lovely photograph. Thank you.
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01/22/2017 10:52:06 AM
Perfect capture of the bird right down to the downy feathers. Nice tones and the grungy filter works well.
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01/21/2017 04:45:02 PM
It's life seen through a friable lens - or is life itself so brittle?
On the other hand, this might be the spirit soaring.

Beautiful image
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01/21/2017 04:35:51 AM
This is brilliant. Cannot vote but cannot resist a comment. The composition, color, texture and post processing is
fine art.
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01/19/2017 09:02:45 PM
This is one of my two favorites in the challenge. The bright bird feathers evoke the idea of freedom to leave undesired circumstances, while the wood grain patterns provide an anchor to mundane reality. Dark background is uniform enough to simplify the image, allowing us to focus on the bird and dried leaf/twig. Scratchy texture provides a sort of graphic interest, but may not have been necessary.
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