Happy Accidents

I was reminded of Bob Ross recently and his popular saying, “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” You can watch his show (painting) on Netflix now. Yay!

Remember my post about Glycerin/Water Drop Refraction? Well, I decided to play around a bit more with it. That was before I was taught a valuable lesson…know your camera settings and always use a tripod.

I want to share my happy little accidents. They did not work out the way I wanted, but they do make an interesting picture. The first set is of a pile of beads on a plate, inside of a clear Tupperware container lined with parchment. Then I thought I would be smart and put a sheet of glass on top, add a bunch of drops and shoot away:


This next one was taken outside. I used a length of clear elastic beading thread. Black board behind it, and pinned a flower on the board. It was windy. Not a fantastic shot:

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I think the idea is to allow some of the flower in the background to show so people understand what is happening. The image in the drop should be clearer.

Right after that, I wondered if it was possible to do the same with a photograph. I grabbed a picture of my late father-in-law for this attempt. While it is not clear, a bit of tweaking around may make it possible.

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The next time I try this, it will be with a tripod and more knowledge of my settings.


  1. I like to try stuff like this from time to time – though not as complicated naturally. The results almost always end up as special effects for my earplug photo-stories. So all my pictures are happy accidents.

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