Nigella Damascena (Blue)

I previously photographed the white Nigella damascena. I also have blue ones growing in my garden, which I’ve finally photographed. All images are stacked from between 4 to 7 images taken, using Helicon focus.

Blue nigella damascena - visible
Blue nigella damascena – visible
Blue nigella damascena - UV
Blue nigella damascena – UV
Blue nigella damascena - IDS1
Blue nigella damascena – IDS1
Blue nigella damascena - IDS2e
Blue nigella damascena – IDS2e
Blue nigella damascena - UVIVF
Blue nigella damascena – UVIVF

I had wanted to shoot the UVIVF in extreme macro and stack the images. But due to the complexity of the flower with numerous criss-crossing elements and the amount of adjustment required to get the full flower in focus, I’ve decided to just focus on the areas with the most fluorescence.

Blue nigella damascena - UVIVF macro
Blue nigella damascena – UVIVF macro

Boon

Equipment used: Olympus EM-5, Coastal Optics 60mm F4, Baader U filter, Baader UV-IR cut filter, IDS1 & 2e filters, Quantum X2D flash, Nightsearcher UV torches