Water Drops and Inverted Images

December 24, 2011

Water Drops and Inverted Images

Photographer: Bertrand Kulik
Summary Author: Bertrand Kulik; Jim Foster

Within these decorative water drops is the inverted image of the flowers in my garden and my house in Paris, France. A liquid drop acts as a simple lens, like a camera lens, so the refracted image is upside-down when viewed through the drop. Note that these drops have more or less spherical shapes because surface tension minimizes the surface area of a drop of water or even a falling raindrop. Photo taken in early September 2011.

Photo details: Canon EOS 7D camera; 100mm macro lens with macro rings.