Nature in the spotlight – Insects and plants under uv lights
This is nature under a completely different spotlight.
Taken in a pitch black studio with ultraviolet lights, the vivid images show beautiful flowers and pollen-covered insects in a strange fluorescent light.
The altered lighting shows up stunning patterns on a dragonfly’s wings and leaves insects’ and spiders’ eyes glowing bright blue.
Plants also take on a more sinister shade, radiating a deep purple against the black background.
Don Komarechka, from Barrie, Canada, took the photos in a specially configured studio in his back garden.
The 31-year-old said: “My interest in photography tends to play around the world we cannot see with our own eyes.
uman vision and these explorations have led me to experience in ultraviolet fluorescence.
“The images are taken in a dark room and the camera flashes to emit exclusively ultraviolet light.
“Many things in nature, such as pollen and insects’ eyes, will glow in different colours when hit with UV light.
“The first time I tried this and saw the effects, I was photographing cicada in my studio.
“They are relatively cooperative insects and stayed still long enough for me to work with. I was astounded by the results.
“Most insect wings don’t glow, but certain species of cicadas and dragonflies are the exception. This other-worldly look into glowing nature gives a level of childhood curiosity to the everyday things we barely notice.
“I have tried to examine many different insects and flowers under UV light to see what fluoresces, but the fluorescence of other natural things hasn’t been thoroughly explored.
“This makes it difficult to predict what the results will be, and for each success there are dozens of things that simply do not stand out.
“Using exclusively invisible light to make nature glow is most definitely an exploration of the unseen world.”