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    Uv photography

    Well I brought a black light to check the pattern on my albino motley and he looks so cool, but I just can't seem to photograph it properly
    I know there's some great photography people on here and wondered if there was any tips to show it up properly on a photo so I can share it
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    Re: Uv photography

    My Olympus TG-5 has a UV light setting.
    Still comes out a little blurry...

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    Re: Uv photography

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Sorril View Post
    My Olympus TG-5 has a UV light setting.
    Still comes out a little blurry...

    That's pretty cool, thanks for that, I'll have. A look

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    Tips? - I would say any camera is good, just darken the room to remove all but the UV light and use a tripod because you will have little light..


    But I need advice too. Any advice please is welcome. I am well interested in UV lighting for photography. For my snakes, and my crystals. (Many crystals glow under UV)

    I used a cheep UV torch to see if there were any other morphs in my BEL. Did not see any but I did see a stripe all down its back that I couldn't see before. Whats that about?



    As you can see the torch had too much red and to narrow a beam. To many other colors mixed with the uv.

    I guess I need more power and a much wider beam. Any Suggestions?

    P.S, that's not my dirty nail

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    Re: Uv photography

    My BELs are Super Lessers with various Hets: I don't think I noticed a dorsal stripe on mine under UV. I will double check them later when it gets dark.

    I am using a 'Lights of America' brand Black Light, it is 36" wide. It has a color temperature of 30,000K. I think I paid like $25 for it at Walmart like 6 years ago, it is bright enough to light up an entire room.

    There are a bunch of minerals that will fluorescence under UV light. Corundum for example will fluoresce pink. I did a photo set of Red Corundum (Ruby) I successfully tumbled and polished paired with a GHI Fire ball python I hatched, one photo is in regular light and one under UV light. They will be posted eventually as photos #71A, and #71B in my Snakes and Stones thread. Keep in mind that some minerals only fluoresce under short wave UV light. Most black lights are using long wave UV...so it is good to plan accordingly.
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    Re: Uv photography

    Thanks I will check out your lighting recommendations.
    My BEL was supposedly a super lesser.

    DO you have any crystals pictures else ware here that glow under UV. Ether way look forward to more pics. Be good to see some of them too. I have a big collection of crystals and minerals that glow under different UV. I used to have both UV a and B but not any more.

    I have a good cabinet that I eventually plan to fill with my minerals and light with short and long UV
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    Re: Uv photography

    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    DO you have any crystals pictures else ware here that glow under UV. Ether way look forward to more pics. Be good to see some of them too. I have a big collection of crystals and minerals that glow under different UV.
    I haven't really been focusing too much on checking my stones for UV Properties.
    I was discouraged when my chunks of Fluorite did not Fluoresce under my Black Light, and a few other minerals that should have: did not either.

    I checked my Super Lessers under my black light, and they do indeed have the stripe down the back as you noticed.
    I thought it was just shadow at first, but, it is more prominent when you shine the light up close.
    I intended to show the stripe, but, I couldn't quite tell if she was curious or interested in biting me so I kept my distance for this photo.


    I also scanned a small bucket of agatized dinosaur bone out of curiosity to see if there was anything that glowed. Only one tiny piece shined bright blue.



    I also tried Ball Python eggs (since I was collecting them tonight while I was at it). No luck on Long wave UV.



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    Cool glow in your dinosaur bone, never thought of trying my few bits. but i will now thanks to you.

    yes whats that stripe about with our super lesers???

    There are many kinds of fluorite, I have yellow, green and purple. Maybe its the type you have or the wavelength of UV as you said.

    Maybe we could make a separate thread about minerals in UV, and try to work it out.

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