I Shot Macro Photos That Capture the Beauty of Peacock Feathers

My name is Can Tunçer. I’m a photographer living in Turkey, and I have been shooting macro photographs for about 7 years now. As someone who likes to photograph the tiny details of nature, I recently chose the peacock feather as a subject and started a special project on it.

The peacock feather has a beauty that is worth examining closely. The feathers, which are notable for their color and metallic structure, are among the many often unseen beauties of nature.

For this project, I used the Canon 6D as my main camera and a Yongnuo YN560 III flash and two IKEA Jansjö work lamps for lighting.

I used three microscope lenses for shooting these macro shots: a Mitutoyo M Plan Apo 5x (5x magnification), Nikon CF Plan 10x 0.30 WD 16.5 (10x magnification), and Lomo 3.7x (3.7x magnification).

All the photos in this project were of a single feather.

I took a total of 1,500 photos for my “peacock project,” and each photo was created with a “focus stacking” technique. Due to the time requirements of my full time job, the project took 2 week to complete.

About the author: Can Tunçer is a macro photographer based in Turkey. You can find more of his work on Instagram, Flickr, 500px, and National Geographic.