I'm a day behind in my blog posts for the #AmyShuttPhotoaday challenge, so I'll make this post quick. Yesterday's theme was "sparkle."
This theme was harder than you might expect, especially on an overcast day! But I pulled out my optical prism (which I've blogged about here) and a few printed dove feathers that I purchased from Etsy last year, for floral arrangement add-ins at my wedding. (Speaking of sparkle, you should have seen our eyes during our wedding ceremony!)
Using a black back-drop from Hobby Lobby, I propped one of the feathers on the prism, and twisted the prism until I saw something that sparkled, or at least reflected and diffracted. The only light was the soft diffuse afternoon light from an indoor window.
To get this shot, I first meticulously cleaned my optical prism with a lens cloth, to make sure there were no fingerprint smudges. I used a 40mm lens at an aperture of f/2.8, a shutterspeed of 1/125 seconds and an ISO of 1600. The white window light is diffracted on the right edge of the prism into a spectrum of oranges, yellows and reds.
In Lightroom, I titled the shot to give the odd impression that the prism was tilted towards and leaning on the feather. I darkened the background, brought up the highlights a bit, and that was it!
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