Photographer's Note

Hello friends in TE.

In the future, it might be perfectly normal to wear suits and dresses made of chicken feathers or rice straw. But don't worry: These clothes won't resemble fluffy plumage or hairy door mats.

Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln plan to develop these agricultural waste products into conventional-looking fabrics as a way to reduce the use of petroleum-based synthetic fabrics.

The feather-based fabric will resemble wool, while the rice straw fabric will look and feel more like linen or cotton, according to the researchers. The study describing rice straw fabric was presented today at the 232nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society. The study about chicken feather fabric will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Both fabrics are still in early development and may not reach the consumer market for several years, the researchers say.

In the meantime, the rice straw in the foreground (taken less than an hour ago) is composed or burnt for fertilizer. Thanks for viewing.

Shot JPEG fine
Adjusted White balance, brightness and contrast in Lightroom
Increased the clarity and lightness
Export to ACD- Tweaks with Level and Curves.
Increase sharpness
USM (112, 2, 10)
Resized, and framed.

Model NIKON D40
Software ACD Systems Digital Imaging
Exposure Time 1/30
F-Stop f/11.0
ISO Speed Ratings 200
Focal Length 18 mm
Date Taken 2008-08-29 18:58
Metering Mode Spot
File Size 255 kb
© jusni nasirun 2008

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Additional Photos by Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2492 W: 182 N: 3825] (17529)
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