Audrey Waitkus  

Down Feather by Audrey Waitkus

June 2020 - Down Feather

June 2020 - Audrey Waitkus


About the Image(s)

This was taken indoors as it lay on a table with a window behind it. It had drifted there from a down jacket with a leaky fabric, so I took the opportunity to see if I could capture the delicate structure of the down. Using the iPhone camera, the only settings recorded were 1/120 sec at f/2.2. In Photoshop I cropped to eliminate most of the cloudy upper right corner. Then I played around with settings until I felt I had the best combination of detail without losing too much of the softness. I mostly learned that something as tiny as a down feather is still so dimensional that perhaps only a focus-stacking technique could accurately represent it. Anyway it does demonstrate why down is so good at insulating with all those air spaces built in.

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3 comments posted

Abe Chen   Abe Chen
I think you have a great eye to make this composition. Simple, very compelling to me. I like the pure white down feather with the dark color background showing much of detail of the feathers.   Posted: 06/17/2020 13:50:11

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
Honestly, I really like your original version of the photo. The upper corner doesn't bother me, and the less processing just gives a softer feel. I always enjoy seeing photos like this because I would never think to just take a photo of a feather. Nice job.   Posted: 06/25/2020 08:19:59

Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
This is an image I would never think of shooting. I think you captured it very well and the detail of the feathers is well done. The only minor suggestions I have is to remove the feather stem going from bottom right to middle right side. Since it is flowing counter to all of the other stems it pops out. I would like to see a little bit more of the seed, and have it moved a bit from the left edge.   Posted: 06/25/2020 13:39:59