Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Winter Aconite - Cerco 94mm Quartz Fluorite lens for reflected ultraviolet photography

Today about some early spring flowers, here Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) 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. So, on to the results now...

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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:

Quadtryptich of the above:

Winter Aconite has a prominent UV pattern, its center (anthers, stamen) is UV dark, and the petal ground seems to have some highly reflecting spots radially centered around the stamen which gets nicely visible.

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

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

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