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Peacock Feather Drop HDR Macro

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This is one of the first shots with my new 105mm Nikor Micro lens.
I cannot believe how awesome a true macro lens can be!

Anyhow, this is an HDR from a single RAW
Processed in HDR Efex Pro
Noise removed with Noiseware Pro

Another recent feather water drop combo:


Comments and Critiques welcome :)
Image details
Image size
2848x4288px 4.74 MB
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D90
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Aperture
F/8.0
Focal Length
105 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Dec 6, 2010, 8:17:13 PM
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PsychologicalToaster's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Let me start off by saying it's beautiful! The closeup of the waterdrop and the little details of the feather next to it are wonderful and made me go "Wow...!". Everything is varied in color but not too bright and overwhelming. I loved how you slightly blurred the part of the feather in the back to emphasise the clarity of the waterdrop in front of it! The colors themselves are beautiful, and I especially like the bronzy color which is shined and toned nicely! I think it's smart that as the picture goes further up, it gets less clear and more blurred, until, at the very top, it's just plainly colored spots and motion. The blurred features around the center of the feather and the drop really accentuate the waterdrop itself. My favorite is how the colors are laid out inside the drop, which let's you see what the colors are on the other side of the feather! Really great job~
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OK, so I wanted to give you a little photography lesson if I may, since you seemed interested in how the effects are accomplished when you messaged me back on your profile :)
This image was taken using a macro lens. Macro lenses have a very short depth of field... meaning that everything in front of, and behind the subject tend to get more blurry the further away from the subject that they are.
In the far distance with the specks of light, you're seeing what's called the "Bokeh" effect:
In photography, bokeh (pronounced /bɒkɛ/) is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light." Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—"good" and "bad" bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. (Wikipedia: [link]).

Anyhow, I hope this helps in your understanding of some of the photography basics :) I'm always open to more comments and dialogue, so feel free to ask questions :D
PsychologicalToaster's avatar
Boy I hope I remember all that! :D I'm only 13, so I have time to learn all of that! :D But that sounds really cool! :la:
Creative--Dragon's avatar
Well, if photography is your passion, then you'll do just fine... You constantly learn new things too :) I'm always learning new tricks on how to do things :D
PsychologicalToaster's avatar
:D Well I'm not really sure what my passion is, but I've always wanted to learn more about photography! :la:
Creative--Dragon's avatar
hmmm... well, photography is definitely fun... maybe you can convince your parents to get you a nice higher end camera so that you can start learning more about photography, and possibly become addicted to it like I am :)
PsychologicalToaster's avatar
:D no way they just bought me a camera (canon) but its a small blue one, nothing pro.
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Ah, well, you can still do some pretty amazing stuff with a point and shoot camera :)
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Abyssinians's avatar
Gefällt mir richtig gut, tolle Farbbearbeitung :).
indigo-sparks-fly's avatar
amazingly detailed! i never knew peacock feathers were so iridescent!
Creative--Dragon's avatar
Thank you :)
They can be if shot with the right lighting and backdrop :)
Plus this shot is an HDR image which tends to bring out more color and detail :D
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Haha, I love that, :woohoo:.
You're welcome :)
Cookies-Confusion's avatar
I can look at it for hours and it's still too cool for me :) These colors! It's one of the most impressive things I have ever seen! Love it! I want it in my fav's :la:
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Thank you for putting a big smile on my face :) I'm glad you like it so much :dance:
ErthLing's avatar
Wow... the colors in this are outstanding. Love it
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I love the macro in this shot. also, I love the colors.
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