A Thousand Drops of Light
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

(William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence")

Water is a natural lens and a natural space for optical effects. I like to find the world in the drop.

Most of these photos are examples of refraction, not reflection. The light passes through the water.

These photos were taken with a bunch of different cameras and lenses ranging from a 5MP consumer digital to a DSLR. Some were achieved by using a reversed 50mm prime lens in front of another camera or lens. Some were taken with Macro Filters. Some were taken with a 50mm prime lens with an extension tube. Some were taken through reversed binoculars.

In all cases, to get a sharp image in the drop, you must use a focal point somewhere in front of the drop.

Some images are flipped on the vertical plane because a refracted image is upside down in the same manner as the objective lens on telescope flips the image.
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