Dead trees on the ridge - Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography

By Solominer | Solominer | 14 Oct 2019


Once we got to the ridge where the sky opened up, we saw alot of dead trees. I think most were struck by lightning. Being the tallest on the ridge line, and along with an area that gets alot of thunderstorms I think that is what caused it.

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panasonic_dmcgh3.png Camera Model Lumix GH3, modified by LifePixel for Full Spectrum lens.png Lens Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm-50mm cropfilter1.png Filter B+W UV Black (403) Filter apture.png Aperture f/3.5 Timeexposurevalue.png Shutter Speed 1/200 sec iso.png Film Speed 200 spectrum.png Spectrum Ultraviolet-A and Infrared (UVA and IR) wavelengh1.png Wavelength 320 to 385 nm and 750 nanometers location.png Location Pinhoti Trail, Georgia USA.

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It was a warm sunny day, about noon by the time we reached the ridge. It took us about an hour of hiking to get to an opening in the tree canopy.

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The sky was partly cloudy giving the sky a patchwork of clouds on the horizon.

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Many of the trees that were dead looked pretty big. Maybe they stood for five to ten years before being struck as they are quite tall.

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Many of the trees were just vertical poles but others had a branch structure still intact.

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Next to the live plants, they are quite contrasting. Having a dark color absorbing all the light. When the live plants reflect the light.

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Many Pine saplings competing to be the next big tree, just to be struck down by mother nature.

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I think camping up on this ridge during a thunderstorm would be a bad idea. Not looking to become the next victim instead of a tree.

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I take pictures with a special camera. Its a Mirrorless DSLR that has been modified by Life Pixel to see light in other wavelengths. This allows my camera to see light in the Infrared [IR] around 1300 NM wavelength, through the visual spectrum and into the Ultraviolet A and B wavelengths roughly into the 300 NM wavelength.

I carry many filters on me to make the photos you see in my blog, these filters screw on my lens and help me isolate certain wavelengths for certain scenes. These filters can be IR / UV pass-through filters to assist me get a natural photo taking out the UV and IR light. Or I may use a Infrared pass-through filter capture just IR light. I can do the same with UV light as well, though I need some better filters which they can cost a few hundred dollars for true Ultraviolet pass through filters. So for right now I have B + W 403 bandpass filters that still allow some IR light in, due to their cheaper material.

 

There are also exotic glasses made of sapphire and germanium I am open to working with to replace my silica glass hot mirror with a material that allows even longer wavelengths of infrared to enter my cameras sensor. Special sensors, lenses and filters of that material would be needed as well, so it would be a big project but one that may give some even more unique photography results.

 

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Solominer
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I am a user of cryptocurrency and also run infrastructure for multiple Coins and Dapps. I write about my experience with blockchain tech and nature. On the side I use a full spectrum camera to take unique photos in the Infrared and Ultraviolet spectrums.


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