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First MS set in my new place

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#1 Mark


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 00:37

Hi everyone,

I've just gotten settled into a new place, and finally unpacked my gear to shoot this multispectral set. As usual, I really don't know what this is - I happened upon it in the neighborhood and thought it might be a good subject to try out.

Here's a VIS reference shot from my phone:
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I propped this sample in my stainless steel thermos, and starting the set with VIS I can see that the white LED I used to illuminate this has some weird color cast that throws the color off a bit:
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The UV image was rewarding, with a clearly defined UV bullseye:
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The UVIVF was a little disappointing, as I had hoped for a bit more color:
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While this UVIIF shot isn't as dramatic as some others I've shot, its still my favorite kind of shot in these multispectral sets:
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The IR shot wasn't all that colorful either, but it is interesting to see how the veins in the petals are dark in all of the shots:
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With winter coming, and the impending seasonal floral scarcity, I'll be looking to shoot sets of live plants to see how their greenery may vary in multiple spectrums. I can't believe summer is practically over already!

- Nikon D750 [broadband] + 50 mm Nikon Series E lens + 20 mm extension tube
Lens filters
- UV: AndreaU-MKII
- VIS & UVIVF: EO 425 nm longpass + Baader UV/IR [stack]
- IR & UVIIF: Hoya R72
- VIS: White LED bulb
- UV, UVIVF, UVIIF: 2 x [MTE-U303 + Hoya U340]
- IR: 40 W incandescent clear glass bulb
- ISO320
- f16
- 0.5-15s, as needed

#2 Hornblende


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 16:08

Now now now I can identify this plant, it is a member of the geranium family!
Very nice pictures as usual :)

#3 Andrea B.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 16:53

Yes, Mark, you are good at this!!
And I'm so happy to see you making the UV-induced Infrared Photos. Have you made any of those with a higher cut-in IR filter?

That flower is indeed something in the Geranium genus, as Martin has noted. THe typical potted red or orange flowered plant we call "Geranium" in the US is really a Pelargonium. True Geraniums like you have photographed have a much simpler form. Hard to say what species this particular one is. So many cultivars are sold. And there is more than one wild type, too.
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#4 Mark


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 23:36

@Andrea: I have tried making some UVIIF images with higher cut-on IR filters. So far I've found there is much less IR fluorescence above the ~720 nm range of the Hoya R72. So I suppose this IR fluorescence is chlorophyll fluorescence; which is right around that wavelength. This gives me an idea... I have a slightly lower cut-in IR filter (~680 nm I believe) which may capture even more of the IR fluorescence (if it is indeed what I suppose). I'll have to test that it sufficiently blocks any bleed from my UV source, and/or make a stack with it to ensure it works as intended. Then I'll try it on the next random subject I find :)