Today shots of that long blooming spring flower hybride Apache beggarticks - Bidens ferulifolia in reflected ultraviolet photography and 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 a new alternative "colorful" XSP UV transmission filter, and my XBV filters for simulated bee and butterfly vision. Lens was a UV-Nikkor 105mm quartz fluorite lens. Light source was sunlight and a little help from my Nichia 365nm UV LED.
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Alternative colorful reflected UV filtering:
Simulated butterfly vision:
Simulated bee vision:
Quadriptych of human vision, UV, alternative reflected UV and simulated butterfly vision (left to right, top to bottom):
Quadriptych of human vision, UV, simulated butterfly and bee vision (left to right, top to bottom):
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 in simulated butterfly and bee vision, also using that standard UV (Baader U) and new alternative reflected UV filter which delivers rather colorful UV images.
I have written about Bidens 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