Daisies Magnified by Water Drops

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Sky Blue Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Sky Blue Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Lavender Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Lavender Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Pink Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Pink Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Dark Blue Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Dark Blue Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Teal Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Teal Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Red Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Red Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Orange Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Orange Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Green Background

Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Green Background

Striped Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Purple Background

Striped Daisy Magnified by Water Drops with Purple Background

Red Daisy Magnified by Water Drops on Flower Stem

Red Daisy Magnified by Water Drops on Flower Stem

Daisies Magnified by Water Drops Hanging from Plant Stem

Daisies Magnified by Water Drops Hanging from Plant Stem

I think it is fascinating what beauty surrounds us if we simply stop and take a closer look.  For example, next time you are in the garden after it rains, take a real close look at the water drops.  Images are there!  Each water drop acts like a magnifying lens for whatever is behind it.  This type of photography requires very fine focusing with a tripod and good lighting.  It works best with symmetrical flowers like daisies, because magnification turns the image upside-down.  These flower photos are exactly as seen and not computer-generated. 

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

24 Responses to Daisies Magnified by Water Drops

  1. Brown, Kelly says:

    I LOVE THESE!

  2. Pam, these photos are absolutely brillant! I’ve never seen anything like them. You should be looking around for some photo contest to enter, seriously. This takes the concept of a convex lens to a whole new level. Very well done. ~James

  3. Pam, I liked these so much that I couldn’t resist linking this post to our Cool Science Demo post. Thanks. ~James

  4. Pingback: Cool Science Demonstration, Or Waaaay Too Much Time On My Hands? | GALLIVANCE

  5. Kongo says:

    How did you do this?????

    • Pam says:

      With extreme patience! One breath of wind and the drops go out of focus. For the first two pictures, the water drops are on glass and each drop becomes a separate magnifying lens for the daisy behind. You have to get at just the right angle and distance for it to work. When it does, it is magic!

  6. mrsbearfoot says:

    Oh my golly, these are fabulous and so unique! Well done!

  7. zannyro says:

    SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!

  8. Arindam Saha says:

    These are what you call the shots of the century…
    Would you mind if I download a few? (For non-commercial purposes of course)

  9. Really nice Pam. I might have to try this for myself.

    • Pam says:

      Thanks! It is well worth the effort. Set off a block of time and then start experimenting until you get your technique down. Once you get it to work, it’s hard to stop!

  10. elisaruland says:

    Pam, you are an incredibly talented photographer! These water droplet shots are amazing, and so beautiful. I especially love the first one. Very “flower power” and they should all be featured in a magazine!

    • Pam says:

      Thank you so much! And one was actually published in Birds and Blooms – heard from people all over the United States!

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