UVIVF is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? Just when you thought acronyms were supposed to make things easier, “ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence” comes along and says otherwise.
But I’m inclined to forgive and forget on this occasion, because UVIVF is quite simply stunningly beautiful.
Photographer Craig Burrows uses this UVIVF technique which appears to make the flowers glow by using high intensity UV lighting. UV light has a shorter wavelength than the range of visible light that humans can see, but given the right light source, filters and camera settings you can capture the reflected wavelengths of light as a visible fluoresce from the subject matter.
These resulting colours have a ghostly, ethereal quality that makes them look like something from a fantasy world, but by using natural flowers their shape is so instantly recognisable you know that they aren’t.
My favourite is this close up of a dandelion seed head.
Craig’s next step is to expand the scene and capture entire gardens using this technique, only with much larger light sources (Craig, if you need a lighting assistant just let me know!).
Be sure to check out more of his work on Flickr.
Via This is Colossal.
I’m just getting my head around how incredible 4K video looks (not that I’ve got much hardware that will actually display it accurately), and along comes photographer Joe Capra (aka Scientifantastic) with videos shot at 10K resolution!
Highly recommend full screen viewing for this.
The video footage was shot on a Phase One IQ180 and is comprised of hundreds of 80 megapixel images. Starting at 14% scale (to fit on a typical 1920×1080 display) the video zooms out to stops at 50% and 100% zoom.
The detail at 100% is incredible, though you’d expect it to be when each individual raw frame is 10328×7760 pixels! Woh!
Following a weekend of beautiful Summer-esque weather that has actually continued into Monday I’m beginning to believe that Summer is well on its way.
What better way to celebrate than to feature Simone Rosenbauer’s deliciously simple Like Ice In The Sunshine series which takes an artistic look at slowly melting ice lollies set against a complimentary block colour background.
Inspired by melting “bodies of different shapes and sizes” whilst sunbathing on Bondi Beach, Simone has captured that essence and translated it into something that everybody loves. The saturated colours of the ice lollies so reminiscent of childhood summer holidays and the inevitable dripping and melting as the sun beats you to eating them.
Nothing says summer like a Twister melting all over your shorts.
Check out more of Simone’s work here.
Published March 6, 2015
Inspirational , Lighting , Photography , Technology
Tags: Bioluminescent Forest, bioluminiscent, forest, Friedrich van Schoor, lighting, mushroom, nature, projection mapping, Tarek Mawad, toad
I’ve seen projection mapping on lots of physical objects and defined surfaces before, but this is the first instance I’ve seen it interacting with nature and the result is really rather beautiful.
Photographer Tarek Mawad and animator Friedrich van Schoor spent six weeks on location to create the Bioluminescent Forest. Immersed in nature it gives a glimpse into their imaginations if all elements of the forest had the ability to emit bioluminescent light.
As ever, worth hitting full screen on this one.
The drops of liquid light falling on the toadstools at around 2:15 is one of my favourite effects.
The final video is magical and ethereal mix, a “wonderland of blinking and twinkling organisms” that bring life to the more static areas of the forest.
It must have taken high levels of patience to deal with the accuracy required, but the result is impressively worthwhile.
They personified the forest to accentuate the natural beauty by creating luring luminescent plants and glowing magical mushrooms that speaks volumes to any visitor that enters the minds of the artists through viewing “bioluminescent forest”
Using pretty much just a laptop, a projector and a digital SLR camera “everything you see was created live, without any effects added in post-production”.
Behind the scenes footage can be seen here.
Award-winning photographer Jeff Friesen has made quite a name for himself in his “other line of work” by using different combinations of Lego bricks and minifigures to create entirely new outcomes.
What started out as simply afternoon playtime with his daughter has evolved into The Brick Fantastic.
One particular project of his that caught my eye was his work as “Bricksy“, a Lego interpretation of the infamous artist Banksy.
Sweeping It Under The Carpet
Girl With Balloon
Keep It Real
Caveman With Junkfood
Choose Your Weapon
Soldier With Spraycan
In researching the images used here it had never occurred to me that as big a fan of Banksy’s work as I am, I didn’t know the proper titles of many of his works.
Seeing them written below the work makes them all the more poignant and profound particularly when you consider what the likes of “Choose Your Weapon” and “Foreclosure” really represent.
More on the website gallery here.
Colourant is a superbly fun idea that features a series of floating “sculptures” of colourful liquid thrown into the air by Jeremy Floto and Cassandra Warner of Floto+Warner.
The images capture the imperceptible as the camera shutter blinks for 1/3500th of a second, a fraction that your eye would barely recognise it before it was over and just a mess on the ground.
a momentary graffiti of air and space
Each of the shapes doesn’t quite look real, yet looks perfectly natural all at the same time.
Creating shapes of nature not experienced by the human eye, these short-lived anomalies are frozen for us to view at 3500th of a second. Transforming the non-discernible and ephemeral to the eternal.
The beauty is in the technical aspects as much as it is in the colour and landscapes, “the essence of photography – immortalise the transitory”. A poetic a description of an optical illusion as I’ve heard.