Friday, October 23, 2020

Reflected UV photography + videography using a MCP Amplified Camera System II

Today about an experiment I have done, using a light amplification device in front of a normal visible light camera for recording reflected UV footage. This device uses a MCP (multi channel plate) with UV sensitive photocathode (approx. 190nm - 650nm), amplifies light by approx. 20-50.000 and shows the resulting image on a green phosphor screen. 

Using a suitable optical system, I relayed this image to my normal, visible light camera. UV filter used was a fully IR blocked (OD6) UV transmission filter (peak at 250nm). Taget was a tea candle.

 Using a f3.5/50mm quartz fluorite lens:

 

This system shows quite some usefulness, especially under low light conditions, or when it is about recording deeper in UV where a normal full spectrum camera is not sensitive anymore.

I have written about this system doing still UV photography HERE.

I have done similar with a different amplified camera system before which did not allow to have an external camera attached, with just a TV output 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

Friday, October 9, 2020

Lichen: human vision vs UV induced visible fluorescence vison and reflected UV ultraviolet photography II

Today more about that piece of bark with Lichen growing on it (most likely Xanthoria parietina and Physcia adscendens grown into each other), that I found blown over onto my balcony. Closeup shots in reflected UV, visible light and simulated insect vision were done using my UV-Nikkor 105mm quartz/fluorite lens as well as another quartz-fluorite lens reversed as a multispectral diopter. Filters used were the UV Baader-U filter and my usual XBV filters. My modified Xenon flash was used as a light source. 

 
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Human vision image using UV/IR Cut filter:


Reflected UV image:


Simulated Butterfly vision image:


Simulated Bee vision image:


Quadriptych VIS, UV,  BV. BU:



So this Lichen bark in closeup was a quick experiment, quite some room for improvement of course, possibly using stacking in future for more DOF.

I have written more about that 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

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Full Moon over Weinheim Castle: multispectral photography II

Here today shots of the full Harvest Moon over Windeck castle here in my hometown Weinheim Germany. Shots were done in full spectrum mode (i.e. mainly infrared) and in reflected ultraviolet using Baader-U filter. Lens used was my UV-Nikkor 105mm quartz fluorite lens. Light source was moonlight resp. the castle lighting system. All shots were done at approx. f8. No later whitebalancing was done, pictures straight out of the camera.

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IR image: 

 

UV image: 

 


Full moon is always special and first I was sad to see all the clouds, but then it turned out quite nicely and all that drama got nicely visible.

I have more moon shots HERE.


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

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Lichen: human vision vs UV induced visible fluorescence vison and reflected UV ultraviolet photography

Today about a piece of bark with Lichen growing on it (most likely Xanthoria parietina and Physcia adscendens grown into each other), that I found blown over onto my balcony. Shots in reflected UV and UV stimulated visible fluorescence (UVIVF) were done using my UV-Nikkor 105mm quartz/fluorite lens. Filters used were the UV Baader-U filter and a 420nm sharp cut Longpass filter. A high power filtered Nichia 365nm UV LED was used as a light source. Different colors of the UVIVF images by using different white balance settings.

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Human vision image using UV/IR Cut filter:


UV image using Baader-U filter:


Bee vision image using XBV filter:


UVIVF image:


UVIVF image:


UVIVF image:


UVIVF image:


UVIVF image:



Quadriptych: VIS, UV, UVIVF*2 (different whitebalance) image:


UVIVF is commonly what people imagine when they read or hear about "UV photography" - here you see the difference to reflected UV photography. UVIVF has gotten very common, as it is so much easier to do and no special lens is needed, as just visible light is recorded. 

I have written more about that 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

Treasury flower - Gazania rigens in reflected ultraviolet photography and simulated bee and butterfly vision XXXVII

Today in late Summer 2020 some outdoor shots of that long blooming white Gazania flower, the Treasury flower - Gazania rigens shot in reflected ultraviolet photography, simulated bee and butterfly vision. All shots were done at f8 in reflected ultraviolet photography using my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter, as well as my XBV filters for simulated bee and butterfly vision. Lens was a UV-Nikkor 105mm quartz fluorite lens. Light source was sunlight (shade).

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Human vision:
 

Reflected UV:
 

Simulated butterfly vision:
 

Simulated bee vision:
 

Quadriptych of human vision, UV, simulated butterfly and bee vision (left to right, top to bottom):
 

This Gazania's outer petals strongly reflect UV around 370nm, whereas the inner petal parts are quite darker, hence forming UV nectar guides for UV seeing insects. There are also some highly UV reflecting marks inside around a dark UV center, all invisible to us humans, but clearly visible to bees and butterflies, and all this gets nicely visible here, also in simulated bee and butterfly vision.

I have written about this Gazania previously 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

Black-Eyed-Susan - Rudbeckia fulgida in reflected ultraviolet photography and simulated bee and butterfly vision V

Today in 2020 shots of a beautiful flower, originating from the USA Prairie, a Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia fulgida in reflected ultraviolet photography using my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter, as well as in simulated bee and butterfly vision using my XBV filters. All shots were done at f8. Lens was a UV-Nikkor 105mm quartz fluorite lens. Light source was sunlight (shade).

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Human vision:
 

Reflected ultraviolet (UV):
 

Simulated butterfly vision:
 

Simulated bee vision:
 

Quadriptych of human vision, ultraviolet, simulated butterfly and bee vision (left to right, top to bottom):
 

This flower shows a very prominent UV bullseye pattern, as its petal tips are very UV bright (around 365nm) and its center is very UV dark, and all this gets nicely visible, also in simulated bee and butterfly vision.

I have previously written 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

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Got a rare U.V. lens donated

Well, sometimes something really special happens! As I am into special optics and filters, as you may know by now, a member of some forum I am in informed me, that he found a special lens while cleaning up his house. He told me that it was labeled "U.V. Lens", so he thought of me and my UV and multispectral work and offered me that U.V. f4.3 lens with approx. 172mm focal length for just postage, which certainly was very kind of him!

So now on to the lens, which has a built in blue filter in its rear [these are not my images, but from the donating member here...]

U.V. Lens, pictures from the Donor

Now these are some quick test shots hand-holding filters in front of the lens: blue image is what seemingly it was made for (projecting images to a fluorescent screen I'm guessing), then I took that internal filter out and did an UV shot using a 365nm UV LED (quite sharp image) using the Baader-U filter and then a visible light image with suitable VIS-filter (which shows the lens was not computed for that) - all shot wide open at approx f4.





Here now the transmission of that lens: The RED line is the filter alone, the GREEN the lens alone, the BLUE as it came assembled with filter inside. Most likely it was designed to project images onto a fluorescent screen. That built in short pass filter makes me believe that. It is not really UV, but short wave blue, enough to stimulate visible fluorescence.


So it has to be seen what this lens can be used for, guess it will work well for reflected UV!

My thanks and well wishes go out to the donor!

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