Three birds high up at the top of a tree against a blue sky. Why is this something I would want to capture. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, it follows the rule of odds in photography. Now, what is this rule and why does it matter? Well, it’s to make things interesting. When we see objects in a photo, our brains tend to try to group them into pairs. The odd numbers can’t be organized in this manner, so it make our brains work harder and look longer at the photo moving between the images in the photo. And, of course, I like the composition.
Now, I’m going to make your brain work even harder. To throw off my whole premise and to break my own rule, there’s a fourth bird in this photo. But he’s hiding, somewhat camouflaged. He’s on a branch under the bird on the left behind another branch. He’s so in line with the branch he’s on that he blends in very well, Therefore, I can stick to my rule of odds. Is your brain broken yet?
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