Damselfly on leaf - Infrared Photography

in photography •  last month  (edited)

As my friend and I were walking through the forest, we came across a little insect. A flying bug that was moving from plant to plant. I tracked it and took some pictures as it moved. Eventually it stayed on one leaf and I got some close ups of this little flying bug.

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Camera ModelLumix GH3, modified by LifePixel for Full Spectrum
LensOlympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm-50mm
Filter850nm Infrared Passthrough filter
Aperturef/6.3
Shutter Speed1/640 sec
Film Speed1600
SpectrumInfrared (IR)
Wavelength850 nanometers
LocationWildcat Creek Campground, Georgia USA.

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The light was shining through the tree canopy and onto clusters of leaves. Maybe the bug was warming up being on a sunny leaf.

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The plant was being watched over while this bug stayed on the leaf. It looks similar to a Dragonfly and probably eats other bugs.

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The little bugs shadow was being cast on the leaf it was resting on. It was a blue color but looks completely black in infrared.

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It let me get real close to it, I was quite surprised. Close enough for it to hop onto me so I took a few pictures and then moved on. Thanks Mr bug for being such a great photo subject, bugs usually dont stay in one place for very long so this one gave me alot of great photo opportunities.

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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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@shuvo35 thanks much

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Beautiful 💕💐

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Beautiful!

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@silversaver888 ah thank you

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I used to catch dragonflies when I was little :D

@cryptopie I caught one once and then used it as bait for fishing. Worked very well.. hah

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