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Reign by Xerces Reign by Xerces
I was home ill today, so I decided to do some still life macros after being inspired by my good friend *AphexPhoton to get my macro lens out again. I was able to set this up while listening to some good music and being wrapped in a blanket, which is always a bonus.
It's been a long while since I did some proper macro shots, and I decided to use some of the beautifully bright peacock feathers I bought to make jewellery with. I adore the colours of peacock feathers, and although this is clichéd as hell, I still love it.
This is named after Reign by U.N.K.L.E. featuring Ian Brown
I am the lightning, I am the heat
I am the reign, reigner, reigner, reign all day
I am the reign
I'm gonna reign this way again
I am the reign

I am the spark
Before the blaze
I am the raindrop out at sea
I cause the ripples that become the crashing waves (crashing waves)
I am the reign, reigner, reigner, reign all day
I am the reign (I am the reign...)

You thought a different day had come
A day you thought the earth was done
And if you could have said it all
I know you would have said it all
You thought a different day had come
A day you thought the earth was done
And if you could have said it all
I know you would have said it all

I am the reign
I'm gonna reign this way again (this reign way again)
I am the reign, reigner, reigner, reign all day

You thought a different day had come
A day you thought the earth was done
I am the reign
And if you could have said it all
I know you would have said it all
I am the reign


U.N.K.L.E. are greatly overlooked, and I find most people have heard their music but have no idea who they are! I command you to check them and their extensive discography. They've done a fuckload of collaborations- this song being just one of them.



Done with a Canon EFS 60mm f/2.8 macro usm lens.

THIS IS NOT STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY. YOU DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO USE THIS IMAGE
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LeatheCupCake Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I enjoy your photography very much. This is one of my favorites. I have added it to my "art that inspires me" journal.

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sam-hannah147 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
this looks awesome
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WolvenRemorse Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful, and breathtaking. :) Thanks for sharing.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks very much :)
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HeroesRain Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Those photographs are magnificent. really gorgeous.
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Xerces Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much :)
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Absolutely stunning!
I love how it's partially blurred and yet focused; also the feather through the droplet, sparkles, just beautiful.

personally, Burn My Shadow is my favorite by them.

It's been argued that the best music video is, Rabbit In your Headlights.
Have you heard of that argument?

Others think it's A-Ha's Take On me, the list goes on.

do you like burn my shadow?
It's nice to meet another U.N.K.L.E fan, there's not many of them.
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Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do love their music, yeah- that is a wicked set of songs there. U.N.K.L.E is so underrated- it is lovely to meet another fan, as you say!
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
:heart:
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Offended-By-Light Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Simple concept, brilliant idea behind it, wondrous shot!
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks so much, hun!
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Offended-By-Light Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course!
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JacobLarenArt Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Always liked that song.

Wonderful image :)
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks, hun! Glad you like this pic as well as the song!
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:iconmigleeee:
Migleeee Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
This is an amazing picture! Great work :D
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks so much! :)
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AdroVonCrow Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing! great great great macro :D
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, hun!
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Hello,
You have been featured in my journal Here :)
Thank you!
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Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks, hun!
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
:huggle:
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DarkerThanBlack Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I love these great macro shots! What lens do you use for this?
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Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
So glad you like! Thanks =D
This was done with my Canon EFS 60mm f/2.8 macro USM lens. :)
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Saya-Aria Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
It's very vibrant and very lovely.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :hug:
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Kechake Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
i absolutely love peacock feathers :heart: the colours are sooo lovely!
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much, hun! very glad you like it! I do love the intense colour too!
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FixMeKnow Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Really lovely! The colors are beautiful.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, hun!
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DraculeaRiccy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional
First of all...I love peacock feathers! and I love these water drops...it looks so pretty :aww:
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Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! Peacock feathers are just wonderful!
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deathwish85 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome :D
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you!
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deathwish85 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome,dear :D
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Amaya-K-Lilium Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: The colors are stunning and I adore the focus!! Peacock feathers are so beautiful. Nice choice of subject and nice shot!
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! They have to be the more intriguing of the bird feathers with their rich colours! very glad you like it :)
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Amaya-K-Lilium Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. :nod: You're welcome! :P
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ThatOneJen Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010   Traditional Artist
very wonderful!
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much =D
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DarkFireRaven Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is gorgeous! :D
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you! glad you think so =D
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DarkFireRaven Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is gorgeous! :D
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SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Simply Insane Kitty :faint:
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks ,hun :)
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SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome :heart:
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DemonMathiel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010   Photographer
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks so much, hun!
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MMelinda Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Really wonderful and professional photo as always!
and also a good choice of song,peaccock feathers are the reign of natural beauty.
I love U.N.K.L.E.
they 're very inspiring :)
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Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! Glad to see another fan of U.N.K.L.E. as well! :)
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Squeegeeash Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. My. God. Xerces! This is beautiful! I just pulled it up and showed it to everyone. Everyone was just in awe of how beautiful it is!!!
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