WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

Special Award: People's Choice

Victor Tyakht, Russia

Rainbow wings

The bird’s wing acts as a diffraction grating – a surface structure with a repeating pattern of ridges or slits. The structure causes the incoming light rays to spread out, bend and split into spectral colours, producing this shimmering rainbow effect, captured here by Victor.

Technical specification

Nikon D300s; Nikkor 80–400mm f4–5.6 lens at 400mm; 1/8000 sec at f11; ISO 200.

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