Cosmic flowers: macro photography in ultraviolet

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Craig Barrows from Southern California has been in photography for ten years. A substantial part of his portfolio consists of macro photographs of flowers illuminated by ultraviolet light.

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Under the cold rays of an ultraviolet lamp, gerberas, sunflowers, stockroses and lanthanums shine with the most unexpected colors. This is due to the fact that chemical compounds in plant cells absorb and re-emit light rays. This process is called fluorescence.

For such a shooting, complete darkness is needed. Craig takes photographs in a home studio that the sun does not penetrate.

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Bright stars on purple and blue petals are pollen or microscopic dirt particles. As Burroughs told the Huffington Post author, such traces are often found on purchased flowers. When Craig was convinced of this, he began to grow them himself.

Shining inflorescences remind of fireflies or the bait of anglerfish, however, these animals do not actually fluoresce. Their abilities are called bioluminescence.

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