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10 Images that Fail at Instagram

Having poked around within the social media platform that forms the title of this blog post, I’ve learned a few things. One of the most important lessons that’s been gifted to me is that some images, no matter how much I love them, are just not going to fly well on the platform. So thus I bring you these images, which I have very low expectations for to be honest. After all, I enjoy them, and art being the subjective beast as it is, does not force any one being to feel a certain way about anything.

Perhaps you’d see a commonality among this set of ten.

1. This immature Tufted Coquette posed well some distance away. I enjoyed the broken-off branch as well as the fact that the bird is giving himself a good scratch.

tufted coquette imm male






2. High in the mountains of the Northern Range, I photographed this Purple Honeycreeper in a bois canot tree. The blue tones of the early morning light filtering through clouds and mist emphasized the blues in the bird’s face, I also really enjoy the patterns of the leaves of this particular tree.

purple honeycreeper in bois canot







3. On the topic of blue tones in the early morning, it was a similar scene for this Cocoa Woodcreeper in the forests of Main Ridge. I found that the tones and bare, old branches almost had a winter feel to it.

cocoa woodcreeper






4. It’s funny how the colour temperature changes so dramatically in such a short time with the rising sun. The cold tones of the blue hour are quickly replaced with shafts of gold light. If you look closely enough, you can still see the blues of the other end of the sky reflected on the front of this Copper-rumped Hummingbird.

copper-rumped hummingbird backlit







5. This image of a Cocoi Heron taking flight wasn’t what I originally intended, as in the bird didn’t fly in the direction I wanted it to (surprise, surprise) but I do enjoy how the final result turned out. Almost looks as if the branches are in pursuit of the bird.

cocoi heron






Halfway through, have you noticed any trends? If you’ve figured out that they’re all small-in-the-frame, then I’d go as far as saying that your eyes are working 🙂

6. I’m a real sucker for habitat shots, and nothing can quite capture habitat like a wide-angle lens. At a local park, this Anhinga would swim lazily by fishermen, perhaps waiting for a chance to nab a preoccupied fish. Familiar with the sneaky bird’s habits, one of the fishermen angrily began searching for a stick or a stone. I very hastily – but calmly – cautioned him against performing such an action. I asked him to have a little patience, as the bird will very soon be on its way. And so said, so done.







7. The light was fading when I photographed this Common Waxbill, and I couldn’t bear to crop any of the beautiful grasses in the frame.

common waxbill-2








8. I enjoy both light and dark backgrounds equally, but the key is always in contrast. Spotted Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage here.

spotted sandpiper






9. Months later, I photographed another Spotted Sandpiper, but this was just a couple weeks ago and it has already changed from its drab winter plumage to its breeding plumage that was the reason behind its name. The rosy hues in the bird and the water are not make-believe, the sun had just dipped below the treeline and lit a large cloud with the most beautiful pink glow.

spotted sandpiper-2






10. My favourite of the lot would undoubtedly be this one, however. The unmistakable, gangling shapes of American Flamingos in their unreal pink contrasts against the green of the mangrove forests of Caroni, with the setting sun splashing warm light on the hills of the Northern Range further away.

american flamingos-2






What do you think? Do you enjoy these as much as I do?

Perhaps for my next post, I’ll share some images that will not fail at Instagram.

3 thoughts on “10 Images that Fail at Instagram

  1. Though I have been following your Instagram account for some time it wasn’t until seeing your latest post that I realized you have a blog. I knew instantly wheat your topic would be as this is in the forefront of my thoughts lately regarding bird photography. While I admire the detail and beauty in each bird I’m am “over it” in a sense….wanting to see the habitat, the natural lighting, the trees, leaves, glistening water…no matter how small the bird is on the frame. For me this is what the eye sees. Not looking through 500mm lens mounted on a camera I can never afford. Post edited to perfection.
    The question I ponder over and over again is why is this so prominent on IG. Why does the photographer confirm to this. If it is for purposes of reaching a broad audience for the the sake of business, than I get that. But I have heard a few like yourself that state they too really love the beauty in the habitat photos.

    1. I must add you do include more habitat in your images than most. I admire your photography. Thank you for sharing.

      (*so many typos in above post; a full screen would have been helpful. And coffee….that’s what I really need, coffee ;0)

    2. Hi Jennifer,

      I completely get where you’re coming from – the habitat, the light, the trees as you say – they are all equally as beautiful and even more important than the subject itself. For without the habitat we can enjoy none of the animals within it.

      I believe it is prominent on IG due to the basic fact that it’s a mobile platform, and the use of small screens has shifted the focus away from the habitat shots, the small-in-frame, environmental images that really only look their best when they’re viewed large. It’s only the minority like you and I who still would appreciate these types of shots, but that’s because we have a special bond to them. For most people, the bird is just too small?

      However, I’ve spoken about this before in relation to images in general. Many photographers go for the tight, up close shot because that’s what gets people going WOW, because it’s a view they’ve never experienced before. Novelty factor I guess.

      And yes I do need to re-do this website and make it more mobile friendly! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you got that coffee 🙂

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