Trying to make the common seem uncommon is something that is not always easy with visual story telling. One way that I have found to do this is to always fall back on the light. Take this European Starling as an example. Once is a while when putting out new food in my feeders, flocks of these birds will descend and just devour whatever I have put out. This does not happen often, but when it does occur it is quite the spectacle.
This is harsh mid-day light around 1PM in the afternoon. Taken without flash the sunlight is just giving us a hint of the potential here with the coloration of the feathers. From a distance, these birds look relatively mundane. Black if you will and not very interesting to the eye. However, in seeing the potential, how can we use this to our advantage. Waiting for side lighting may be a possibility.
Being patient and waiting for the bird to turn just right allows the reflective nature of the feather to really reveal the true colors of the bird. The second image is much more interesting given how the colors play out in the minds eye. Nothing special here, all I had to do was wait for the light.
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