Friday, September 6, 2013

Goldenrod - Solidago in reflected ultraviolet photography and simulated bee vision

Today shots of a flower, Goldenrod - Solidago in reflected ultraviolet photography using my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter as well as in simulated bee vision using my XBV6 filter. Lens was my CERCO 94mm quartz flourite 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 bee vision image using experimental XBV filter:  

Triptych of the above images:  

This flower shows a fine UV pattern, a bit hard to see as the inflorescence consists of so many tiny individual flowers, as its petals are very UV bright (around 365nm) and its center is UV dark, and all this gets nicely visible.

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

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