Ultraviolet Flowers

Anemone blanda Schott & Kotsky

Anemone blanda. Visible light

Visible light
Nikon D1H , UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5, no flash

Anemone blanda. UV light

UV light
Nikon D1H , UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5 @800 ISO, Hoya U-360, SB-140

Anemone blanda. IR light

IR light
Nikon D1H , UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5 @800 ISO, Wratten 89 B, SB-140 + Wratten 87

All images
© Bjørn Rørslett/NN
Grecian Windflower displays strong UV reflectance of its numerous petals, and combined with UV arbsorbance of the flower centre area, a strong two-zoned pattern develops.

In common with other bluish-flowered species of this famility, Grecian Windflower has quite strong reflectance in near-IR. This trait makes the "true" (visible-light) colour of its flowers difficult to capture, even more so with digital cameras with their elevated sensitivity to IR.

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Last Update 31 May, 2003