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2009 High School Physics Photo Contest

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Third Place - Contrived

Title: O How Dandy
Student: Christopher Michael Curti
School: Valley Central High School, Montgomery, New York
Teacher: Christopher Cozzolino

On a beautiful spring afternoon, I decided that I would capture principle of reflection. Using a Macro lens I started by spraying a stick with a mist of water. Then I placed a freshly picked dandelion behind a raindrop that settled on the stick. The reflection of the full, much larger flower showed up in the raindrop. Even though the raindrop is much smaller then the flower the full reflection was shown. The light travels through the raindrop. The light that bounces back indicates that the ray of incidence is equal to the ray of reflection enabling the reflection to be seen by the human eye.

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