Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rock tulip - Tulipa saxatilis in reflected ultraviolet photography, simulated bee and butterfly vision

Today also about an early spring flower, a Rock tulip - (Tulipa saxatilis "Lilac Wonder") (often wrongly labeled T. bakeri) in reflected ultraviolet photography using my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter as well as my XBV filters for simulating butterfly and bee vision. Lens was a CERCO 94mm quartz fluorite lens. Light source was sunlight. All shots were done at about f5.6.

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Visible light image:

UV image using Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, effective peak approx. 375nm):

Simulated butterfly vision (UV - VIS) using XBV3 filter:

Simulated bee vision (UV - VIS) using XBV6 filter:

Quadtriptych of the above:

This rock tulip has a not so strongly visible UV pattern, its petals are UV bright, and this gets quite nicely visible.

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site