French photographer and YouTuber Mathieu Stern is understood for his take a look at uncommon, classic glass, however his newest lens would possibly simply high all of it. Whereas on Iceland’s well-known “iceberg seaside,” Stern fulfilled his dream of capturing pictures and movies with a lens made from ice.

“Taking pictures pictures utilizing an ice lens [has been] my dream for nearly 2 years. After some analysis I noticed that just about nobody ever tried this loopy concept, primarily as a result of it is arduous as hell to seek out pure ice, and even tougher to get a transparent picture,” says Stern within the video’s description. “So I had the selection to surrender on my concept as a result of it was too arduous, or to simply degree up within the craziness […] If it is arduous to seek out pure ice in my metropolis, perhaps I ought to go the place I may discover some 10 000 yr previous pure ice — Iceland’s well-known iceberg seaside.”

The evening earlier than Stern and his associates have been alleged to go to the seaside, a “big” storm went by means of and took the entire icebergs away from shore. So, they waited a couple of days and finally went again three days later at 5am within the morning to get a piece from one of many icebergs that had made its technique to shore.

Stern says it took practically six hours to create a single working ice lens, after 4 of them had damaged within the housing. Each iteration, every of which took 45 minutes to make, was achieved so with the assistance of a Japanese cocktail ice ball maker, which Stern had hacked to kind the piece of iceberg right into a half-sphere.

The housing of the lens he created was 3D-printed, which held the continuously-melting piece of ice in place in entrance of Stern’s digicam. As you might think about, capturing with the lens was lower than very best. The lens lasted solely a minute or so after it was accomplished and attempting to focus because it was melting proved to be a problem.

In keeping with Stern, no cameras have been harmed within the making of the video. As as to whether or not he was pleased with the end result, Stern says “This undertaking is a scientific, creative and poetic undertaking — I by no means imagined the end result would appear like the pictures that comes from an extremely fashionable lens, however I used to be amazed by the unusual fantastic thing about the pictures I made with the primary ever 10,000 yr previous lens.”

You’ll be able to learn Stern’s detailed account on the creation of the lens and see extra of his work on his web site.

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