These are several photos captured by photographer Christian Spencer starring a black and white Jacobin hummingbird flying in front of the sun and filtering the light through its wings, causing a prismatic effect.
In 2011, Christian captured the movements of birds for a movie, entitled The “Dance of Time”. After receiving 10 international awards, the film also won other awards.
But there were more rainbow hummingbirds to come. A few years later, Spencer revisited the subject. “I decided to try and photograph the same phenomenon with my camera,” he told.
Per Christian while I briefly wish I was a hummingbird until I realize how much I hate my heart feeling like it’s about to beat out my chest:
The photo captures the exact moment in which the sunlight penetrates the wings of a Black and white Jacobin hummingbird revealing a secret of nature that cannot be seen with our eyes.
His latest creative endeavors resulted in a series called Winged Prism, and for Spencer, the images reveal “a secret of nature that cannot be seen with our eyes.” Although Winged Prism seems too magical to be true, Spencer says that there wasn’t any digital manipulation involved. “There is no special technique,” he explains, “just diffraction of light through the wings of this special hummingbird.”
The sun striking the wings of a Jacobin hummingbird, producing a beautiful prism effect. At that moment, it looked as if the tiny birdy was a tiny flying rainbow.
“Nobody ever could have ever dreamed that this was a reality. I receive emails every day from people across the world touched by these images.” Christian added as a last note.
Beautiful, isn’t it? You know sometimes Mother Nature really does let her inner beauty shine. Awesome!