Alex Mustard - Jewel Anemone Fluorescence


This is a photo of the fluorescent pigments in tiny jewel anemones (Corynactis viridis) in the sea off Plymouth, England. Usually in photography we photograph reflected light, but in fluorescence photography we are shooting emitted light, that has been excited by light of one wavelength and is given off by the fluorescence pigments at another wavelength. I used blue/UV filters on my flash guns to excite this fluorescence and then a yellow filter on my lens to block the blue light from my flashes from my sensor – the result is that we only see the colourful fluorescent light. Which helps these anemones look beautiful as they were living on a muddy brown seabed!

Location: Plymouth, UK

Tags: Alex Mustard, British Isles, Corynactis viridis, england, fluorescence, jewel anemone, underwater, united kingdom

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  1. David Guimaraes said:

    13/05/2013 10:15

    Beautifull, it is amazing how the natural world is a deposit of beauty and thrill! Thanks for this beautifull image!

  2. Stefan Gerrits said:

    13/05/2013 17:16

    Fantastic shot. I appreciate you explaining so well how they are made. Gives me an insight in a world of photography I adore, though not understand... yet.