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Sunlight Illuminates a Full Spectrum of Color As It Filters Through Hummingbird Wings in a New Photo Book

Sunlight Illuminates a Full Spectrum of Color As It Filters Through Hummingbird Wings in a New Photo Book



Photography
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#birds
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#Christian Spencer
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September 30, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Opal Wings.” All images © Christian Spencer, shared with permission

Poetry in the Sky is a fitting title for a ebook of the elegant photographs of Australian photographer Christian Spencer. Slated for launch up coming thirty day period, the quantity gathers about two decades’ value birds Spencer encountered throughout visits to the Brazilian Amazon, like macaws, emus, and the species he’s probably most noteworthy for documenting: the hummingbird.

Taken when the creatures are mid-flight and beating their wings at amazing speeds, Spencer’s putting photographs seize sunlight as it filters by means of their feathers, emitting a whole spectrum of colour. The opalescent phenomenon is caused by diffraction and transforms their limbs into small, ephemeral rainbows.

Poetry in the Sky includes a number of pics of the prismatic birds—many of which we’ve showcased earlier on Colossal—in addition to dozens of extra visuals of avian lifetime. Pre-get a duplicate from Bookshop, decide on up a print,  and locate additional of Spencer’s operate on Instagram.

 

“Stardust”

“Sundance”

“Hummingbird Rain”

“Holy Water”

“3 Amigos”

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#birds
#books
#Christian Spencer
#light

 

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