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48 Comments |
RobClaysPhotos
 
RobClaysPhotos January 20, 2015
A unique peacock picture….not an easy thing to achieve….really great job!
THOMMAS
 
THOMMAS May 15, 2015
WOW- draws your eye down to the eye,i had to look 2-3 times to belive it, great photo skills,even narrow shot bring the colors out,kool
JenniferLynPhotographyAZ
 
JenniferLynPhotographyAZ June 03, 2015
Beautiful POV...
peanut48
 
peanut48 June 29, 2015
Absolutely amazing!
BrianaK
BrianaK June 29, 2015
Thank you!
CARDELPhotography
 
CARDELPhotography July 15, 2015
Awesome!!
shelbylomas Ultimate
 
shelbylomas September 04, 2015
Simply brilliant .
gbrookshaw
 
gbrookshaw September 06, 2015
What a great idea! Nice one!
Alejandraaa
 
Alejandraaa September 08, 2015
I love how you captured these feathers, they look so vivid
ScenesbySusan
 
ScenesbySusan September 14, 2015
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
clem
 
clem April 19, 2016
"Fan" tastic view. love it
Got2CaptureTheMoment
 
Got2CaptureTheMoment April 20, 2016
What a fantastic creative shot of the beautiful peacock's feather. Great focus, depth of field and color contrast. Keep up the great work my friend.
CreativeBabs PRO+
 
CreativeBabs May 17, 2016
Absolutely Gorgeous!! The colors are great and very unique! Out of the box thinking is the best way to create masterpieces!!! (+_+). ;-)
davidlovell_4478
 
davidlovell_4478 June 04, 2016
Love this!
trahlahlah
 
trahlahlah July 13, 2016
absolutely gorgeous ! fantastic colors and composition
AmeliaSnaps
 
AmeliaSnaps July 26, 2016
Stunning, love the colours
Shellyb67
 
Shellyb67 August 02, 2016
marvelous
gvuletic
 
gvuletic August 16, 2016
Wow! This photo is breath taking!
Denval
 
Denval August 21, 2016
Absolutely amazing to the eye!!!
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography September 08, 2016
cool!
susienorton
 
susienorton October 17, 2016
This is a beautiful creative angle for Peacock feathers. I love it!
rose12
 
rose12 October 31, 2016
Stunning beautiful photo!
good job!
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett November 26, 2016
wow
jpsphotos
 
jpsphotos December 25, 2016
I like how you used the texture in the peacock feathers for this shot. Interesting composition.
andinorwich
 
andinorwich January 13, 2017
I can't say enough wonderful things about this photo. It's so very lovely to gaze upon!
Jade2912
 
Jade2912 February 18, 2017
Wow! I love peacock feathers and never seen them photographed like this!
David-B
 
David-B February 25, 2017
Great shot !!! And has inspired me.
adriennexplores
 
adriennexplores March 07, 2017
Absolutely stunning. Creative POV
lsquare
 
lsquare May 09, 2017
Gorgeus stunning shoot
PinkFlower
 
PinkFlower October 08, 2017
This is great! You should enter my challenge... it’s all about the colour green! https:// viewbug.com/challenge/the-colour-green-photo-challenge-by-pinkflower
Pjerry
 
Pjerry November 07, 2017
Very well done.
Mohan_photos
 
Mohan_photos November 09, 2017
Elegant !!
Stellasview
 
Stellasview January 14, 2018
This is nothing short of amazing.
soniaallaham
 
soniaallaham April 16, 2018
So detailed! Great shot!
Oceanbluephotography
 
Oceanbluephotography November 11, 2018
just stunning
meganholman
 
meganholman February 21, 2019
Beautiful xx
PHART PRO
 
PHART February 27, 2019
This is one of those rare images that slaps me with envy, wishing it was my photo. Would love this blown up mural size on my wall, its magnificent in every way!
paula510
 
paula510 October 19, 2019
Spectacular \n
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh April 09, 2020
Superb.....
andreaolson
 
andreaolson May 18, 2020
This is gorgeous! Love the unique view!
FCabillo
 
FCabillo June 18, 2020
Stunning!😉
HPryor
 
HPryor July 14, 2020
Love the creativity! Great picture.
Mikaylajonesphotography
 
Mikaylajonesphotography September 22, 2020
Amazing
JanelleC
 
JanelleC October 01, 2020
Amazing shot 👌👌
dinahumphreys Platinum
 
dinahumphreys March 01, 2022
Beautiful composition. I AM YOUR NEW FOLLOWER
msd0707 PRO
 
msd0707 March 19, 2023
So beautiful 😍
LisaDClark
 
LisaDClark April 07, 2023
lobe the details and colours
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo July 30, 2023
Wonderful composition!
spm1photo
 
spm1photo September 16, 2023
Great perspective!
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Behind The Lens

Location

I took this photograph at a zoo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While the vast majority of my photographs are captured in the wild, this male peafowl was a resident at a zoo and was free to roam.

Time

I captured this shot at 9:45AM on November 24th, 2014. The midmorning light filtered through the trees well and came to rest upon a peacock standing under some branches in the shade.

Lighting

I use natural lighting as a light source in my photography. Luckily, the available light was perfect to get this shot. I strongly prefer soft, natural light as opposed to artificial light since it usually fits with the scene more easily. I would suggest that light should be the absolute first thing you should look for when attempting to capture a subject. Yes, the subject itself is important, but without ample and proper lighting, you will not achieve your vision.

Equipment

I hand held this shot with a Canon 60D and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens.

Inspiration

I honestly had no idea I was even going to take this shot before I did. I was looking for interesting things to document that day and practically stumbled over this view. When the peacock had his back to me, I saw how intricate the feathers laid together on his back when he was not displaying and wanted to capture the complex beauty of the feathers. Sometimes you only need to see the world as it is and not hurry past it. If I had not been taking careful notice of my surroundings, I would not have achieved this shot.

Editing

I first cropped this shot to include only the shallow depth of field surrounding the feathers. From there, I adjusted light levels, contrast, highlights, and lowlights to draw the viewer's attention to the image. I also sharpened the image to a level I felt naturally portrayed the subject. I finished by adding a very subtle negative vignette.

In my camera bag

I typically carry a Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.4, Canon 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5, and a Samyang 14mm f/2.8. I also carry a filter set that includes polarizers, Graduated ND filters, and a variable density filter. Depending upon the subject I am hoping to capture (landscape versus wildlife or plant-life), I will pack a tripod as well.

Feedback

Look for the details in life. I would make the bold claim that every single thing that has ever or will ever exist has some element about it that is absolutely fascinating. To make a macro shot like this one, you need to either get a telephoto lens and zoom as close as you can, or get a macro lens and get really close. You can crop a little, but don't crop too much - if you do, you'll lose quite a bit of detail. I would call this particular shot, "Pathway of Feathers" an abstract shot. It takes you a few seconds to realize what it is, but it has solid and bold colors that grab your attention. Depending on the vision you have for the photograph, adjust your aperture accordingly. An aperture around f/2.8 is good for a shallow depth of field and f/11 will give you a significantly wider depth of field. As with all photography, pay attention to your linework. It should lead your audience into the shot and captivate their thoughts.

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