Today about a question I carry around with me for long: "Is sharpness everything?" So here "pictorial" shots of a very decorative flower,Orange Coneflower - Rudbeckia fulgida in reflected ultraviolet soft focus photography using my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U and a UV/IR Cut filter for the visible light shots. Lens was a self made lens with quartz elements. Light source was sunlight. All shots were done with variable soft focus settings, SF0 - SF3.
All diptych images show left results using UV/Cut filter for the visible shots and right using the Baader-U filter (approx. 320-395nm, peak approx. 350nm) for the reflected UV shots.
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Quadriptychs for comparison, first VIS then UV:
So, I have used variable soft focus settings, SF0 - SF3 and show the results in VIS and UV, the latter showing the prominent UV pattern this beautiful flower has, and all this gets nicely visible in this side-a-side presentation.
I have written previously about soft focus photography 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