Photographer Creates Camera Lens Out of Ice And It Actually Works

first_img Photos: Animals Rescued From Illegal Trafficking in ColombiaEagle Steals Rabbit From Fox in Mid-Air Battle This is one camera that will always take “cool” photos. A photographer has created a working camera lens made from ice taken from an iceberg — and the shots are surprisingly clear.Mathieu Stern said creating an iceberg lens has been his dream for two years. “If glass can focus light, then ice should do it, too,” he said.Stern  first 3D-printed a custom lens body designed to hold ice within as its main lens element. He also hacked an ice ball maker to be able to create optical half spheres. Stern then traveled to Jökulsárlón Beach in Iceland to find the clearest ice possible, which can then be shaped in the ice ball maker.According to the photographer, it took five hours and four attempts to create a working iceberg lens. “The four previous attempts broke in the mold, resulting in a lot of stress and frustration,” he wrote on his website.  The life span of the lens (before it melted) was one minute.“I was amazed by the images I saw on my screen,” Stern said. “Of course they are not sharp or clean like a modern lens, but they are amazing when you know it’s just a piece of ice that focused light.”More on Underwater Sculptures Help Reef Growth63 Incredible Images of Earth from SpaceListen to the Sounds of an Antarctic Ice Shelf Stay on targetlast_img

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