The ability to make the desired text ‘pop’ and the clutter recede is really interesting, and quite useful I imagine. Could one do something similar using color filters on a standard digital camera?
Not as comprehensively as was done for this project. They used an adjustable narrow band width light source including UV and IR with a grayscale camera to dial in the exact combination that made the ink most visible. Even the lens was a specialized design. There are a few other sort of multi-spectral solutions all are pretty exotic. Sinar is working on one. There is also a company that customizes SLR cameras for UV and IR photography. http://www.maxmax.com/IRCameraConversions.htm
I LOVE the synchronized scrolling, and I also love the look of those gray squares on the mini Macbeth in that processed image in the first link.
Very cool stuff. Very useful. Palimpsests are a big deal in the world of the Classics, and I hope this kind of thing makes possible more discoveries like this – http://www.archimedespalimpsest.org/
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