There is an image making the rounds again on the internet that I have seen it a while back and from time to time it crops its head up and gains momentum. You can see it being tweeted here over eight thousand times and here also. Lately it has been on my Twitter feed brought to my attention very kindly by Prof Adam Hart Professor of Science and Communication at Uni of Gloucestershire and within just a couple of message exchanges we both agreed that this image has a few issues that just doesn't sit right in order to be seen as a "water" droplet being pushed by an Ant.
As a water droplet this seems to defy the laws of Physics. Gravity and surface tension doesn't quite work like that. A water droplet wouldn't maintain a perfect spherical shape similar to that in the image. And the more I look at this image the more I pick holes in it, and considering the fact that over the years I have photographed thousands of dew droplets I am fairly familiar with its visual physical attributes and behaviour under a lot of circumstances. These (image) (image) and (image) are just some of the examples that I have photographed, you can clearly see that where the droplets have maintained a spherical shape the parts attached to the grass blades have a totally different characteristic from the one that can be seen on the Ant pushing the droplet image. Even playing with water droplets putting it through various shapes laws of Physics are maintained.
Well, that is just one problem from a host of other issues that I will avoid going into.
Having said it I would like to leave one thing clear that I am not stressing the fact that the originator of this image might have said its a "water" droplet being pushed by an Ant, as far as I know the photographer might even have mentioned what the "droplet" really is and in today's fast pace media furore something that catches the eye quickly spreads like wildfire and by the time it reaches us the whole truth is completely warped.
I will abstain from speculating how this image was shot, its very tricky to make assumptions especially if one doesn't have the original high resolution file on hand. If I had or if someone can point me to the source of a higher res image then I could put it through some tests using known methods to at least try to find out if this is a composite of two ore more images. But apart from that there are a few theories that I can personally come up with to conclude what this image really is or how it was shot. But I will keep them for myself to avoid being grilled by those who might think I am wrong.
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