I am very proud of my brother in law, not only because he has married my sister, and that alone is quite a challenge :-D, but also because he is very creative and a phenomenal Photographer.
His determination and patience, that have allowed him to live peacefully with my sister for so many years (something I never managed to achieve… I mean leave peacefully with her) was craftily developed and mastered in his photographic sessions. In fact, who could take so much time and care and persist until they captured the perfect drop?

I love this photo and I believe it could be a great asset in teaching Physics. The symmetry in this photo is simply unbelievable and he just captured the instant in which the drop reaches it’s highest point before separating from the rest of the water below, which has also a perfect symmetry. If the water drop were not still in this frame, you wouldn’t see a perfect sphere. I assumed he used a high frame per second camera to achieve this impressive effect, but he rightly pointed out that there wouldn’t be enough light to take many photos per second. He truly made many attempts until he got this!

Check out his website, because there are many more breath taking photos of drops, animals and landscapes. You can find him here and the drops series here.

  1. Philip Bradfield MA MSc says:

    splendid: almost looks like a spherical marble!
    (“stationary” rather than “still” would be less ambiguous)

  2. thats a fantastic photo!

  3. Gary says:

    It’s not a perfect sphere. The bottom edge is slightly pointed. Why?

    • Alessio Bernardelli says:

      On close inspection I think you are right! I think it might be because it is just about to separate completely from the water below? Or maybe it could be rebounding for the same reason?
      Well spotted.

  4. Jan McClean says:

    The reason that the bottom edge is slightly pointed will be due to the surface tension between the droplet and the spike of water below. Those wonderful van der Waal forces! (Talk to your Chemistry colleagues about it!)

    • Alessio Bernardelli says:

      Thanks for this comment! It sounds like the most reasonable explanation and it is a good link with Chemistry! Cheers.

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