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Beam Deviation


When we capture light in a unique way, it becomes magical.Deviation is defined as acting contrary to what is seen as normal or acceptable.Refraction is the bending of a ray when it crosses an angle from one medium into another where the speed is different (like when light crosses from air into water). Glass is a perfect everyday example of light refraction. Looking through a glass jar will make an object look smaller and slightly lifted.

Blended Rare: One peg of blended.

Asymmetric: Asymmetrical refractive pattern.

A great alternative to a glass ball is a wine glass and glass bottle. The more spherical the wine glass, the better. An empty wine glass won’t produce a refracted image, so first you’ll need to fill it with water. The water in the glass now provides an area of denser mass. When light passes through it, refraction happens. Just as with the glass ball, your image inside the wine glass will be inverted.

Transparent: Refractive transparent droplets. 

Star: Tiny crystal water drops.

An inverted image will appear inside a spherical drop of water when it forms. Refraction actually happens in any water container. Its bulk is denser than air. Focusing on water droplets, however, produces the most interesting effects for photography. The experiment of making water droplets is enjoyable. It’s more difficult to capture those water drops, though.Refraction through wine glasses, glass bottles, and water drops are all topics covered in the chapter on summer.

All the photos and text in this post are copyright of Ajin Jose, Malappuram, Creative Hut Institute of Photography.Their reproduction, full or part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.

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