Kaleidoscope Eye - Poinsettias transformed
Shot through the kaleidoscope viewer. The fractured scene is created entirely within the optics of the viewer, and not within computer software.
The kaleidoscope viewer has a fixed mount, but is trained on a rotating stage. The staff maintains a variety of different subjects on that stage, and the person doing the viewing can rotate the stage, as well as the end of the viewer tube that contains the mirrors, to create a plethora of different views. With care, a camera lens can be placed in contact with the eye piece of the viewer, and the camera will focus on the transformed subject.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor
Taken December 19, 2014; edited 2017
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