Rich Color in Birds Photography

by Eric Shafer February 19th, 2014 No Comments / Click here to post a comment

Birds are some of the most colorful animals on the planet. The colors of bird feathers are produced by pigments, microscopic elements that refract, or scatter select wavelengths of light. Colors of feathers are useful for a variety of reasons, such as attracting mates or serving as camouflage.

The colors of birds specifically were developed during natural selection, where the desirable color characteristics allowed certain mates to reproduce with higher success. Usually (although not always), the male of the bird species is more colorful than the female.

The color of birds can really make for some spectacular photographs, although getting a good snapshot can be difficult since birds are easily startled and fly away quickly. But for the patient photographer, the results can be stunning:

On Her Perch by Andrew Steele

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All My Beauty by Alessandro Rossini

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Tropical Living by Jessy

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Bright Feathers

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Welcome to the New Year by Hennie van Heerden

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Fine Art of Landing by Thomas Retterath

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Top model by giorgio debernardi

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Love Bird Yellow by Mohamad Faizal Omar

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Shy by Ilias Nikoloulis

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It is Freezing by BenHeine

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Eric Shafer is a creative media enthusiast from Chicago, IL. He works frequently in the fields of graphic design, web design, web development, programming, audio, music and computer graphics. He is one of the founders of Presidia, an entrepreneurial team designed at empowering the creative media community.

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