Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gasometer Oberhausen Museum, Wonders of Nature Exhibit extended until end of 2017 IV

Gasometer Oberhausen Museum has reported a record breaking visitor count of 750.000 by end of 2016 for their "Wonders of Nature" exhibit  and has hence decided to extend until November 30, 2017. I have participated in that with some of my works in large prints and a video presentation. An impressive location it is, the highest Museum in Germany (116m high, 66m wide) showing some amazing exhibit areas inside:

(C) Gasometer Oberhausen

My contribution are some images of a Zinnia haageana flower in large prints, on display in their exhibition area below that 20 meter large earth globe, demonstrating the difference between our human vision, as well as a video presentation shown on LCD panel which originates from the BBC series "How to grow a planet - The hidden World of UV" which has several of my VIS and UV images of different flowers in it.


Gasometer Oberhausen, video presentation of my works: visible and ultraviolet images of the same flowers, showing nectar guides, invisible to us humans, but visible to bees!
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Printed Zinnia (in UV light) in background, video display in foreground:


approx 3m / 9ft wide Zinnia image in ultraviolet light:


Zinnia haageana: Triptych of Human Vision, UV, Simulated Bee Vision (left to right):  

The exhibit shows in total some 150 large images and video presentations by the most famous nature photographers and is not only visually stunning, but also highly educative and suited for interested individuals as well as families and schools. Go have a look, it will be well worth it!

There is still a printed book available about it: Wunder der Natur, Die Intelligenz der Schöpfung ISBN/EAN: 9783837514629 (in German language)

I have written about that exhibit previously HERE

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Moth orchid - Phalaenopsis in reflected ultraviolet photography and simulated butterfly and bee vision

Today studio shots of a decorative flower, Moth orchid - Phalaenopsis in reflected ultraviolet photography using my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter, as well as in simulated butterfly and bee vision using my proprietary XBV filters. Lens was my UV-Nikkor 105mm quartz flourite lens. All shots were done at about f8. Light source was a modified Xenon flash, background was dark gray. [These shots were done with a new camera system and are available on request in very high resolution (40 and 60 Mp)]

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Visible light image
 

UV image using Baader-U filter:
  

Simulated butterfly vision image:
  

Simulated bee vision image:
  

Quadriptych of human vision, UV, and simulated butterfly and bee vision (left to right, top to bottom):
 

This attractive flower shows a not so prominent UV pattern around its labellum , and all this gets nicely visible also in simulated butterfly and bee vision.

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