Scientific Photography Captures Invisible Glow of Flowers
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“Take a look at some of the flowers photographed by Craig Burrows and you might feel as if you’ve suddenly been transported into the alien world”
Photographer Craig P. Burrows uses a special photography technique called ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence photography, otherwise known as UVIVF to capture breathtaking images of phosphorescent flowers that to the naked eye seem completely normal. The technique administered by Burrows uses an ultraviolet light to cause substances to glow brightly as they are excited by the UV radiation. The process that Craig goes through is quite systemic. Generally, he will mount his subject to a type of metal stand and use a remote trigger to initiate a 10 to 20 second exposure. He holds his breath while the shutter speed races because even the smallest movement or drop of a petal will result in an image blur.
Although this is a complicated method of photography, the true magic lies within the natural wonder of the plants themselves because as this is merely a photographical method, the magical light being captured is actually radiating from the subject itself; the plant. Throughout his journey of photographing still plant life, Burrows found that compound flowers such as daisies and sunflowers usually have the strongest pollen fluorescence, so next time you walk by a garden of commonly known and loved flowers, expand your imagination and picture the crazy ability that lies within these natural living beings. When it comes to plant life, there is always more than meets the eye.
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