At a recent keynote presentation I gave on creative photography, one aspect that I touched on was the use of distorting objects, or materials, in front of the lens. This blog is about that, in a way…
These images were all taken with a mobile phone camera. I put a tiny water droplet on the lens of the camera and found it acted as a macro lens, albeit one with quite a small area of sharp focus. If you try this make sure it’s a small droplet or it will fall off when you hold the camera vertical. It focused very close indeed, and had quite a wide field of view.
This first image is of water droplets, (of course!), on the screen of my tablet. I was running an app that let me change the screen colour. I tried various colours and found that white worked best. There are some nice spectra round the droplets and the screen construction is quite clear.
Here’s an LED from a bicycle lamp. Lots of lovely shapes in this image of one of the lamp’s lenses.
Finally, this is of the top of a perfume bottle. The bottle has got some coloured foil lining it and angles/facets that give spectra.
Just a mobile phone and a drop of water, but fascinating images.