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How do you get pics of iridescence?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by joneus, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the sun was shining *just* right on my "black" EE, Bowling Ball, today & I swear she has purple stripes going across her green iridescent feathers. At first I thought it was a trick of the light, but they were on every single feather on her back & wings. I moved individual feathers around to be sure- the stripes didnt move or disappear they way they would if it was just the light.

    I'm not much of a photographer, but- how do you get a picture of that? Its really cool!
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Exactly as you see it [​IMG]


    Get the bird in some light, but make sure the light (preferably sun [​IMG] is at a high angle/elevation otherwise you'll get more white sheen than iridescence. Make sure your camera gets good color too because a camera's ability to capture high quality, high spectrum color is a must.
     
  3. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!!

    Okay... the sky has clouded over, but most of the stripes are still visible, so I took some pics with the macro setting and a soft flash. I couldnt get a good shot of the total effect, but these should give you the idea:

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I knew she had some purple iridescent feathers, but hadn't noticed the stripes before.

    *giggle* I have a stripey Bowling Ball... or rather, a "marble colored Bowling Ball."

    Chickens are cool!
     
  4. allmychickens

    allmychickens Just'a small town girl

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    I LOVE your Orange and white one in the back ground!!!!
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    That's a Wheaten color you see in the background.




    The best to do is photograph her whole body, like the last photo, but on a sunny day in the summer or late spring.
     
  6. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! Thats Brittany Louise!


    Quote:Will I be able to get a clear photo of something so subtle from a distance? I only saw it this morning because the sun was just right and she was literally standing on my feet. The pics I posted were taken in my kitchen while I was holding her under one arm. (<--ETA)

    I guess I'll have to add: "chasing my chickens around with a camera on a sunny day" to my list of hobbies. [​IMG] This could be a fun adventure!
     
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  7. DebiSmith

    DebiSmith Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] These are great - love how you brought out the hidden glories of the feathers
     
  8. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I just love black birds, the sheen on their feathers is amazing! You're EE is beautiful. Here's a picture of my big, black Cochin boy standing in the sun looking gorgeous...
    [​IMG]
     
  9. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

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    I love to take pictures of my black Cochin cockerel Onyx. Your chooks feathers are so cool! The stripes are neat! [​IMG]
     
  10. KBlue

    KBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love black critters precisely for their iridescence.

    Do you have Photoshop? You could try applying a HDR filter (high dynamic range) to your picture. It'll (should!) bring out some of the subtleties (sp?) of the iridescence.
     

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