Thanks for the comments guys - your feedback is appreciated. Your idea is just what I started with when I shot this feather Chris, but I was less happy with those efforts than this one. Incidentally it makes a surprisingly good print - better than many of my images that I think are better. This isn't a "Wow" shot, just a straight down the line "look at this feather, isn't it simply beautiful" sort of shot. The background is intended to be complementary, adding a little texture, light and shade, emphasising the separate quills on one side and blending with them on the other.