UVIVF & LightPainting

Last month my post was on UVIVF photography, I posted a few photos taken of flowers under a UV light source to highlight the fluorescence absorbed from a highlighter cartridge placed in their water.

Due to the short bandwidth and strength of my UV lights, I’ve found that multiple exposures using light painting technics offers a great solution for enhancing more of the subject and surrounding background. Below are a flower bouquet and a couple of lily shots using this technique.

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Fluorescent Flowers, Pentax M100/4, Pentax K1, Ultra Violet Induced Visual Fluorescence, UVIVF Photography, Ultra Violet Photography, UV, Ultra Violet, Flower Photography, 365nm Photography, Fine Art Photography
Fluorescent Flowers, Pentax M100/4, Pentax K1, Ultra Violet Induced Visual Fluorescence, UVIVF Photography, Ultra Violet Photography, UV, Ultra Violet, Flower Photography, 365nm Photography, Fine Art Photography

UVIVF Photography

Ultra Violet Induced Visual Fluorescence

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Having gone through most of the winter without picking up a camera, I decided it was time again and chose a nice, simple and fun project to start with, Ultra Violet Induced Visual Fluorescence or UVIVF Photography.

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Hoping others will give this a try, as it is very affordable and can be done with any basic photography setup.

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Plus, it’s just fun to see the fluorescence even if not photographing. Image above shows the green luminance of the water in the vase and UV rays reflected from the bathroom mirror.

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Pentax K1, Pentax M100/4, two 365nm UV hand torches, tripod, flowers from the shop, a highlighter cartridge and a dark room.

Postprocessing

Last month, a fellow photographer hosted a nice discussion on her blog about post processing – do we do it, how much, personal reasons and some discussion of ethics. While I might wish to be a purist, it reminded me of how much fun I used to have in the darkroom, dodging, burning, measuring and masking to superimpose or just for finer exposure adjustment. So for June I gave myself the project of working on images that captured high detail in camera and required extensive post processing. Continue reading

Bodie Workshops

It’s been a busy month and I’ve fallen delinquent to my post.
Had a nice family vacation riding Galloping Goose 5 on the C&TRR line and then returned for a weekend workshop in Bodie lead by Jeff Sullivan and Lori Hibbett.

This workshop was a special treat. We were permitted late night access into the park from 6pm until 1am, allowing plenty of time for star trails or light painting and then interior access into several of the building the following day. Continue reading

Light Painted Night Photography – A Great Read

I’ve loved photographing at night ever since my first photography class in high school. Everything at night is so different than what we are accustomed to seeing in daylight.
The land/cityscape changes, the sounds are different, people and wildlife act different, even the smells are different. The night offers a sense of tranquility often sought in the creative mindset. It’s a great world to be out and about in with a camera.
Every photography class I ever took offered at least one lesson in night photography and light painting. Even though I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to get out at night, I never really enjoyed the light painting part of the course. Somehow I couldn’t see how polluting a scene with light was enhancing what I could see in the dark.
A few years back I saw some light paintings from the rural desert region where I now reside and decided to search the web for more examples.
One of the first sites I came across was “Lost America” by Troy Paiva and I have been completely captivated with his work and light painting ever since. For the first time instead of seeing harsh light corrupting my sacred darkness I was seeing this form of work as an art, much like looking at how a person would paint or draw a picture. Continue reading