6/2/22: Condensation
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These are close-up macro stereos of condensation on the inside of a windowpane, on a cold day, and presented inverted! I have found that the reason I prefer these inverted is that there’s a weird optical thing going on in the large water droplets. In the inverted versions, do you see those central points of light, that seem to float like tiny suns, above the large recesses, at about screen level? They ‘make sense’ in that 3D placement, floating above the curved surfaces.

In the original versions, however, those central points lie *under* the surface reflections, and yet they’re so bright that they occlude (block) those other reflections—and that makes it seem like they should be on top of them. It looks odd—like there’s internally inconsistent 3D visual information there, I think. That 3D unease is what makes me prefer the inverted versions. Nonetheless, the original was the appearance IRL! What do you think / which do you prefer?

In the 4th shot here, two large droplets had recently slid down the glass, so the smaller droplets in the center regions are newer/younger. You can tell the left valley is newer than the right one based on droplet size.

TAGS: water > water droplets; windows

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