Paris Viewed Through a Drop of Water

December 12, 2012

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Photographer: Bertrand Kulik, Bertrand’s Web site
Summary Authors: Bertrand Kulik; Jim Foster

The photo above shows an image of Paris and the Eiffel Tower as captured inside a drop of water -- viewed through a window of my home following a rain shower. A liquid drop acts as a simple lens. Therefore, the refracted image is upside-down (inverted) when seen through the drop. It’s been rotated here so the city and tower appear right side up. Since surface tension tends to minimize the surface area of water drops, their shapes are more or less spherical. Note that the crimson colored substance the drop is adhering to is the petal of a rose. Photo taken on September 27, 2012.

Photo details: Canon EOS7 camera; Canon MP-E lens, 65 mm; 1/200 sec. exposure;  800 ISO.