A couple more of a peacock feather

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Charles Krebs
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A couple more of a peacock feather

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Peacock feather. Mitutoyo 10X M Plan Apo, Nikon MM-11 microscope. Canon T3i.


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Roy Patience
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The colors are so beautiful and saturated. The strands appear iridescent, are they? I have never looked that closely at a Peacock feather.

Roy

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Yes gorgeous colours and patterns. Is this from the iridescent 'eye' of the feather?
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Charlie, could you take any worse photographs ? Your images are always perfect !

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Is this from the iridescent 'eye' of the feather?
The strands appear iridescent, are they?
Yes, in and around the "eye". Peacock feathers are an excellent example of "structural color". Instead of pigments, the color is caused by microscopic surface "nanostructures" that cause wave interference with visible light. Very much like seen in certain beetles and in the wing scales of certain butterflies and moths. The actual structures are extremely small and can only be visually studied with electron microscopes.

There is some interesting light physics going on... here a a couple of references:

http://tinyurl.com/4m7fz7r
http://jeb.biologists.org/content/209/4 ... l.pdf+html

For photography the physical appearance looks very "metallic". It's best to carefully check three color histograms to insure exposures that don't completely "blow out" one of the RGB channels.

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Very beautiful Charlie... Recently some researchers developed a way to change the color of metals using a similar concept. They actually made green gold.

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Beautiful colors!

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