Ads annoy most of us, but when they’re well-made and creative, they can even be fun to watch. Spa Nederland (mineral water company) has one of those brilliant ads – it shows shooting portraits with a lens made from a water droplet.
Photographer Robin de Puy used only a droplet, a glass plate and electricity to create a lens made of water, and it was even possible to focus it. She shot some portraits, and this little experiment turned out to give impressive results.
The video is in Dutch, but there are English subtitles available if you click on the “CC” icon:
The scientists who created the build used a piece of glass with water-repellent coating, which gave a nice spherical shape to the droplet. They added it a diaphragm so they can control the aperture, and added all this on top of the sensor. With a build like this, the droplet was the only optic element for taking the photos. And the scientists made it possible for the drop to change shape, so it allowed the photographer to focus on her subjects.
They used electric current to change the shape of the drop. As the photographer adjusts the voltage, you can see the droplet grow and the subject of the portrait become focused. So, Robin de Puy seems to have managed to capture some gorgeous portraits using only a drop of pure water as her lens. Pretty impressive.
We’ve seen some pretty cool photos made using droplets before. Some photographers used them for creative projects, and others to point out to the importance of clean water. They are often attractive for photographers, and many of them make stunning images of water drops. But a lens made from a single water drop is a new level of creativity. How do you like it?