Reclaimed by Nature / by Brenda (Hartshorn) Licitra

Much Mushy Marsh

Took my IR Camera out this weekend to a marsh nearby.  As we near the end of summer, it becomes very obvious what plants are dead and still hanging in there in IR.  Initially I thought everything out there was dead until I started shooting.  The white to blue patches that you see in the photos above are plants that are still kicking.  With the blue skies alternative processing to the right, it is the yellow patches that are alive.  As one would suspect, it is the ones along the edge of the water which are doing better.  

Ultra Violet Balls

When I converted my other DSLR to UV a couple months ago, I wasn't correctly outfitted to take good exposures with it.  My lovely L-series lenses are coated with many nice things to help images look awesome in the visual spectrum, but not so much for UV.  One of those fine coatings includes reducing the transmission of UV.  On top of that (or perhaps below) is the glass itself which is an issue.  Glass also absorbs UV...  /facepalm

I am excited to say that I will be able to start showing tests from my UV camera soon.  I just got a lens that made in the 60's in the mail today.  This old fart doesn't have the fancy coatings working against me.  It has been tested by other scientific photographers so I'm pretty confident that I can start tackling some UV images.  It does have the down side of having a -2.0 EV transmission for UV, but the price is right.  Quartz lenses or lenses designed specifically for UV photography costs 3 to 5 grand.  I am also currently in the processing on getting short wave and long wave UV lights for my gear inventory as well.  I wish I knew how much all of this specialized gear cost when I was still at Brooks.  I had done some UV testing while I was there, but I didn't realize how fortunate I was to have access to that equipment until now.  If my new studies start producing interesting results, I may rent this bad boy for a weekend.

Time to start seeing things in a new light... UV.