Cap­ture the world

James Pater­son demon­strates how to cre­ate amaz­ing wa­ter droplet globes

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Ex­ploit wa­ter’s light-bend­ing prop­er­ties to cap­ture the planet in a drop

Light moves more slowly through wa­ter than it does through the air. This causes the light rays to bend at the point where they move be­tween the two me­dia. The phe­nom­e­non is called re­frac­tion, and it of­fers lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for cre­ative projects. A drop of wa­ter, for ex­am­ple, will re­fract the light from the scene be­hind, turn­ing it up­side­down and bend­ing it.

Here we’ll show you how to cre­ate a tiny globe by po­si­tion­ing a map be­hind a drop of wa­ter. To cap­ture fall­ing drops clearly you’ll need to shoot in a dark room us­ing a Speed­light, so that the drops are frozen by the burst of light. When­ever a flash is used it’s a good idea to get it off the cam­era and fire it re­motely (see pre­vi­ous page). We’ve po­si­tioned the flash be­hind and to the side here, then used Nikon’s Flash Com­man­der mode, which trig­gers the Speed­light us­ing the cam­era’s pop-up flash.

A macro lens is es­sen­tial to get in close enough to fill the frame, and you’ll also need a tri­pod to keep the cam­era still. You’ll have to tweak the po­si­tion of the map and wa­ter, and you might need to shoot a few frames to get the tim­ing right for a per­fect drop, but the re­sults are worth it!

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