Full Spectrum Photography: Mapping

This post shows three examples of full spectrum mapping methods for multispectral photography. I’ve used some quick shots I took inbetween rain clouds so I apologise for the poor quality – especially the infrared image. All shots taken on a converted D70.

Infrared (720nm filter)small flower - IR Visible light (Hoya cut filter)small flower - VIS Ultraviolet (Baader-U filter)small flower - UV

The only map I see often is the classic 3to3 map. The characteristics are so that vegetation stands out in a very prominent red, nectar guides are clear cut and clear skies are a strong blue. The next map is weighted, roughly, 5to3 on the proportional spectrum each [I,R,G,B,U] component covers as wavelengths. The output shows the nectar guide enough for it to be noticeable, but clearly less so. The last map is my favourite so far, it is a 5to3 map that distributes the [I,R,G,B,U] in equal proportions. It dulls the bright red vegetation caused by infrared in the red channel and shows the nectar guide a little better than the previous map.

Map Type Channels & Output

Classic IR-VIS-UV
R: IR
G: VIS
B: UV
RGB colour map - IVU flower - IVU

Proportional IRGBU
R: (IR + IR + (IR * 0.33)) * 0.42
G: ((IR * 0.66) + R + (G * 0.66)) * 0.42
B: (UV + B + (G * 0.33)) * 0.42
RGB colour map - Proportional Proportional Wavelength Distribution

Equal IRGBU
R: (IR + (R * 0.66)) * 0.60
G: ((R * 0.33) + G + (B * 0.33)) * 0.60
B: (UV + (B * 0.66)) * 0.60
RGB colour map - Equal flower - IRGBU
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