Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Apache beggarticks - Bidens ferulifolia in reflected ultraviolet photography, simulated bee and butterfly vision III

Today shots of a spring flower I have written about before, Apache beggarticks - Bidens ferulifolia 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 a Xenon flash. 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:

Bidens has a strong visible UV pattern, its petal tips are UV bright around 365nm, its center is quite UV dark, so this gets quite nicely visible.

The same shots developed from RAW files may be seen 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