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Refraction Of Light (January 9, 2013)
Refraction Of Light (January 9, 2013)

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Challenge: Thinking Outside the Box (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Animals
Camera: Canon EOS-6D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Home
Date: Jul 1, 2015
Date Uploaded: Jul 1, 2015

Adding to the diversity of avian colors are colors produced by the structure of the feather. The best known example is the gorget (throat feathers) of many hummingbird species. The iridescent colors of the gorget are the result of the refraction of incident light caused by the microscopic structure of the feathers. The refraction works like a prism, splitting the light into rich, component colors. At certain angles little or no light is reflected back to the viewer and the gorget can appear black. As the viewing angle changes, the refracted light becomes visible in a glowing, shimmering iridescent display.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/12/2015 11:35:24 PM
Nice bird capture.
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07/09/2015 05:32:42 PM
Gonna be difficult and say that's not refraction inside or outside the box - but it's a wonderful hummingbird photo nonetheless. We have Ruby-throated Hummers and I've snapped hundreds of photos but never got a layering of throat feathers against the body like this. Great capture. Processing is so-so (a little too cool, desaturated and low contrast), but you can be proud. 6
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