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.