Monday, June 8, 2020

Mirror lens for reflected UV photography pictorialism style II

Today more about using an older, rather overlooked 250mm mirror lens for reflected UV photography. The lens had been modified to accept a filter in its rear mount and also modified to M42 threads mount due to its orgiginal special mount for cine use. The lens focuses now from infinity to very close, a pleasure to use but due to is long focal length of 250mm still tricky to nail focus.

DOF at one (1) meter (3ft) is as thin as a razor blade when using this 250mm mirror lens and that doughnut shaped bokeh etc. makes it fun to use. Here now shots, quite reminds me of 19th century pictorialism.

Here I used Hypericum and Bidens as targets. Light was sunlight (shade after rain) plus some 365nm Nichia UV LED light .

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whitebalanced it looks like that:


whitebalanced it looks like that:

which shows its dreamlike/surreal/ethereal rendering of images and of course the famous doughnut bubbles mirror lenses produce...

More about using mirror lenses for UV photography HERE

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

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