Photographer Takes Portraits Using Water Drop for a Lens

Robin de Puy took a series of photographs for a bottled water producer, using a water drop for optics.

Photographer Robin de Puy created an advertising photo series for Spa, using a water drop for a lens. This unusual choice of optics was made to visualize the purity of the company’s mineral water. According to Portrait Academy, the high-tech system for shooting took several weeks to develop, and the shooting process itself took over six months.

To take a photograph, a drop of water was placed on a glass plate, covered with teflon. By supplying electricity to the drop, it was possible to alter its form, and by changing the amperage, the author attained focus on the image.

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De Puy took the photographs with 1/3 second exposure with a professional 18-Mpx camera, and she made the images black-and-white when she edited them. She used a mirror to refract the light that entered the camera’s sensor through a drop of water. She also made a short film about how the water drop lens was created:

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