Photo credit: Mathieu Stern
Photographer Mathieu Stern just happened to be in Iceland, and loves making unique camera lenses, so what could be better than creating one with real ice from an iceberg? “If glass can focus light, then ice should do it too,” said Mathieu. To make it happen, a custom lens body designed to hold ice within as its main lens element had to be 3D-printed first. Then, an ice sphere maker was hacked to create optical half spheres. Continue reading to see actual images taken with the lens and for more information.
“It took Stern 6 months of tweaking to get the right tools and an ice lens of the right shape with the right focus distance. This summer, Stern took his creation to Iceland in hopes of using the clear ice found in the glaciers and icebergs there. Once on a beach, it took 45 minutes to melt each piece of ice with the ice sphere maker. After 5 hours of failing to create a working lens – 4 of them broke after being placed in the mold – Stern finally created a working lens,” reports Peta Pixel.