Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ladyslipper - Cypripedum sp in reflected ultraviolet photography, simulated butterfly and bee vision

Today shots of a decorative flower (actually two, as there are also orange Welsh Poppies - Meconopsis cambrica mixed in), a Ladyslipper - Cypripedium sp in reflected ultraviolet photography using my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter as well as my XBV filters for simulating bee and butterfly vision. Lens was a CERCO 94mm quartz fluorite lens. Light source was sun. 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:

Simulated bee vision (UV - VIS) using XBV5 filter:

Quadriptych of some of the above:

This Ladyslipper flower has no very specific UV pattern, but quite UV bright around 390nm is its balloon formed lower petal. The Welsh Poppy petals reflect strongly around 365nm with a dark UV center and that all gets nicely visible.

There is more about that flower HERE.

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

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos