Feline Refraction by Rachel Melinda Short-Miller
Honorable - Contrived Category
School: Bellingham High School
Teacher: John Hoffman
In this picture, the glass sphere acts as a convex lens, causing the background to appear flipped horizontally and vertically. This optical phenomenon has to do with light refraction. The background although blurry in the picture, comes through clearly visible. As rays of light pass from the air into the glass, and then exit again, they bend due to the effects of refraction. Rays from the top of the image go to the bottom, while the rays from bottom of the image, the ground, go to the top.