Just when you thought you needed that crazy portrait lens, along comes someone shooting with nothing more than a drop of water. Check out this cool portrait series shot in a very unique way.
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Shot for SPA Nederland, a bottled water company, this series uses some fun science to shoot a series of portraits. The scientists essentially placed a diaphragm in front of a sensor to control aperture, then put a piece of glass with water-repellant coating on top of it. The coating causes droplets sitting on it to form a spherical shape. After this, an electrostatic field was applied, which varied the eccentricity of the drop (how much it resembled an ellipsoid vs a spherical shape). This in turn allowed the drop to be focused (you can see this when Photographer Robin de Puy adjusts the voltage dial). The results are impressively good, and they certainly provide a intriguing look at a promising new way to build lenses in the future (this method is currently being developed in several places).