Friday, April 12, 2013

Lesser Celandine - Ranunculus ficaria in reflected ultraviolet photography and simulated bee butterfly vision

Today about an early spring flower, the famous Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) 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.

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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:

This Lesser Celdanine has quite a prominent UV pattern, its center is UV dark and this gets quite nicely visible.

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

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