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Peacock feather

#1 Post by hkv » Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:06 am

Posting some details from a Peacock feather I had in a drawer for a couple of years, waiting to be photographed. It turned out to be very difficult to photograph these feathers. Reflections were very difficult to eliminate which made focus stacking impossible as white spots do not have sufficient contrast and was confusing the focus stacking software. I ended up using three levels of diffusers. 4 external light sources, all equipped with double diffusers. The first one a small test tube in plastic surrounded by a ping-pong ball. Then a half ping-pong ball was used over the objective to cover the specimen. The extreme level of diffusion ended up in an almost painterly style. In some images, I used a very faint red backlight to enhance the contrast of the feather. The objective used was an Olympus UPLXAPO4X.

ImagePeacock feather by Håkan Kvarnström, on Flickr


ImagePeacock feather by Håkan Kvarnström, on Flickr


ImagePeacock feather by Håkan Kvarnström, on Flickr


ImagePeacock feather by Håkan Kvarnström, on Flickr


ImagePeacock feather by Håkan Kvarnström, on Flickr


ImagePeacock feather by Håkan Kvarnström, on Flickr


ImagePeacock feather by Håkan Kvarnström, on Flickr

ImagePeacock feather by Håkan Kvarnström, on Flickr

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Re: Peacock feather

#2 Post by tgss » Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:17 am

Beautiful! A tribute to your skill and patience. Thanks for sharing.
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#3 Post by Hobbyst46 » Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:42 am

Art creations ! bravo.
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#4 Post by 75RR » Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:11 pm

Great image set!
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#5 Post by DonSchaeffer » Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:37 pm

Beautiful! Did you use polaroid?

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#6 Post by Element 56 » Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:47 pm

Sehr Gut!

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#7 Post by hkv » Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:48 pm

Thanks all!
DonSchaeffer wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:37 pm
Beautiful! Did you use polaroid?
No, I used regular light using 4 external lamps with diffusers. No pol-filters were used.

/Håkan

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#8 Post by Sabatini » Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:04 pm

Beautiful images!!

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#9 Post by MicroBob » Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:42 pm

Hi Håkan,
great images, a lot of effort well spent! And thank you for pointing out the crucial points of the method. Everybody knows that peacock feathers are beautiful, but not that they are this beautiful.

Bob

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#10 Post by MichaelG. » Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:54 pm

MicroBob wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:42 pm
Hi Håkan,
great images, a lot of effort well spent! And thank you for pointing out the crucial points of the method. Everybody knows that peacock feathers are beautiful, but not that they are this beautiful.

Bob
+1 from me ... and one more from my wife !!

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#11 Post by hkv » Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:12 pm

MichaelG. wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:54 pm
MicroBob wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:42 pm
Hi Håkan,
great images, a lot of effort well spent! And thank you for pointing out the crucial points of the method. Everybody knows that peacock feathers are beautiful, but not that they are this beautiful.

Bob
+1 from me ... and one more from my wife !!

MichaelG.
Great! I am glad she liked them!

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#12 Post by PeteM » Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:11 am

Wow.

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