Birds are the future of photography
BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY, ANATOMY AND PHOTOVOLTAICS.
The idea that birds can produce images that are more accurately represented by film than those produced by humans is not new.
In fact, the first photographic plates of bird images were created in the 16th century by the French scientist Jean-Jacques de Boucicali in Paris.
But, since then, the technique has only become more sophisticated.
This week, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Photographic Research in Leipzig presented new work to the journal Nature showing that the ability to capture images that match the color of a bird’s feathers is just as effective at capturing color as is the ability of humans to accurately portray a bird in its natural environment.
“This is not to say that humans are the best at this, but the field of bird photography has moved into a new territory,” said Dr. Jens Schmitz, a researcher at the institute and a lead author of the paper.
“Bird photography is very special, and the ability that it gives to capture a bird is very high,” he added.
“The technology is very advanced.
The ability to create accurate images is very powerful, and it’s very fast.
It’s very easy to do.”
In fact, it took the Max team just two hours to create their first image of a blue-headed robin.
The image was a close-up of the rooster’s wings and the back of its head, which is often used in bird photography.
This image of the bird’s wing was captured using a digital camera, which was then transformed into an image on a photodiode, or light-sensitive film, using an infrared filter.
A digital camera produces an image in which only light can penetrate the film.
This is how a digital image of an animal’s wing, or a bird with its wings open, looks in an image printed on a digital film, as used in birds.
The Max team’s new method was based on the ability the photodiodes in a bird camera to “hear” the chemical makeup of a feather.
This means that the photodiodes that make up the feathers on the bird, such as calcium, carbon and silicon, can be precisely read in the digital image.
“The ability to read the chemistry in the feather is what makes the bird the most effective animal for this kind of work,” said study co-author Professor Andreas Schmid from the Max Institute for Artificial Photosynthesis in Leipsig.
“It’s a special thing that we call ‘digital-photography.'”
As a result, the researchers’ next step is to try to understand why birds have such an accurate image when it comes to capturing color.
“There are many theories as to why birds produce the best color, but there’s no one-size-fits-all answer,” said Schmid.
“But, based on our work, we have a hypothesis that is supported by previous studies, that the color-sensitive photodioreceptors are used to create a natural color.
The other important thing is that this new technique can be used for a wide range of species, from birds to fish to fish and plants.”
What we found is that it is possible to create images with the most accurate color of any bird.
It seems that the feathers are the key to this,” he said.
In the future, researchers hope that these findings could help improve the quality of the photos produced by birds.
For more on bird photography, click here to visit the Max paper on the topic.