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Pushing Limits – Fluorescing Nature: Using Ultraviolet Light to Make Your Subject Glow (preview)

©Don Komarechka Cicada glowing under UV light. Gear/Settings: ƒ20@1/200 sec., ISO 5000, UV flash, five frames focus stacked

©Don Komarechka
Cicada glowing under UV light.
Gear/Settings: ƒ20@1/200 sec., ISO 5000, UV flash, five frames focus stacked

Story and photography by Don Komarechka 

I’ve often referred to the world of macro photography as “the universe at our feet,” with unending details to explore everywhere you look. Photographers can capture magical qualities in this unseen world, but there are techniques that push further into a realm of fantasy: ultraviolet fluorescence.

Many natural and artificial subjects will fluoresce, some more than others. A sheet of paper, detergent, and highlighter ink come to mind as everyday items around your house that will fluoresce under ultraviolet light. Things get more interesting in the natural world when photographing certain insects, flowers and pollen that glow when provided with enough UV light …

To read more of Don’s column in this issue please pick up the Spring/Summer 2017 (#41) issue of OPC. Or to never miss an issue please SUBSCRIBE today!

 

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