Surface tension mounds water on a dime, magnifying the surface beneath.

Surface tension mounds water on a dime, magnifying the surface beneath.

By Yadira Valadez for Get Wet 2016

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  • You did well in capturing the effect of water tension in this image. I love the black and white feel but it probably could’ve used a white background. Overall, a gorgeous photograph by an iPhone.

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  • Pretty good shot for a phone! Really nice effect, how the fluid acted as an optical lens for the face of the time. Good photographic technique, using black and white, and leaving the reflections on the surface.

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  • 1. Beautiful image with effective use of highlights and grayscale balancing the two subjects. The geometric shapes in the reflections and background of the coin is impressive.
    2. The flow phenomena is effectively illustrated.
    3. The photographic technique is excellent with full artistic color range.

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  • Schuyler Vandersluis
    September 21, 2016 12:25 pm

    Awesome depiction of a common experiment, great job! I really like the focus on this one

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  • Alexander Thompson
    September 20, 2016 9:58 pm

    The neutrality of the image from the gray scale was a great idea for artistically showing the water’s surface tension on a silver coin. This image is a great visual of refraction, where the leaves and branch on the surface of the dime seem to be on the surface of the water droplet. Great job capturing this image!

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  • Joseph Straccia
    September 20, 2016 8:02 pm

    Impressive demonstration of how much water you can get on a coin due to surface tension. The focus is just right too. I do find the reflection and wood surface distracting, however.

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  • Sierra Castillo
    September 20, 2016 7:50 pm

    Hard to believe this was taken on a phone. The focus is sharp. I love the distortion of the coin under the water.

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  • Preston Marcoux
    September 19, 2016 3:38 pm

    Great work with an iphone camera, It would be cool to see this image in a more controlled environment. The image is simple but really cool. Seeing the surface tension at work is really cool.

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  • I like the use of B&W, the framing on the table with good focus, and the clever shot with quarter. I agree with what some others said that the window is a bit of a distraction. Some reflection could still be cool, but if it was controlled by a manual light source.

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  • Branden Goldenberg
    September 19, 2016 12:44 pm

    Taking the picture in a more controlled space could eliminate some odd light specks, but I do enjoy the reflection of the window. The physics of the of surface tension is very well displayed.

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  • Zachary Cymanski
    September 19, 2016 12:44 pm

    – Great capture of a very simple concept in surface tension
    – All the different lights in the reflection are a bit distracting to me, maybe try to have a centralized light and move it around to capture an even more powerful image.

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  • I appreciate the simplicity of the photo. Looks similar to the MC Escher drawing of reflection. Very col and very detailed. great demonstration of surface tension.

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  • Michael Waterhouse
    September 19, 2016 12:43 pm

    Interesting surface tension shown. Nice use of soft colors. I like the details shown in the magnification.

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  • Lensing effect is super cool. You can see the details of the surface of the dime and you can see the reflections from the lights above. The focus is really good and you can see the depth of field is perfect if you look at the table. Awesome photo

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  • The image has good focus and contrast for an phone image! I especially enjoy how the curvature of he meniscus displays the image of the coin below by refracting the light at the boundary layer of the water. I think I can tell it is a dime (???).

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  • Art: The color contrast between the water edge and the table coloring is very basic with a black and white gradient, which I really like.
    Flow: The flow is understandable and easily recognized.
    Photographic technique: The focus on the water is sharp especially when considering that this piece was taken with an iPhone.

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  • 1. Cool image with a nice table.
    2. The focus is pretty good but could be better
    3. I think the light is a bit distracting but also somewhat intriguing

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  • Cool image, the reflection in the water dome of both the coin and the window are nice. The background works will for the coin. Good focus on the coin.

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  • Art: Cool to see the reflections of the environment off the water droplet.

    Flow: Cool how the surface tension of the water will perfectly stay on the dime.

    Photography: Good use of the phone camera.

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  • Art: The speckles from the lighting form the overhead is gorgeous. Great work
    Flow: The surface tension keeping the water on top is wonderful
    Photography: wonderful for an iphone image

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  • This image definitely portrays the surface tension. The lighting is perfect and can be seen in the reflection of the water. The image is very aesthetically pleasing.

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  • Maxfield Scrimgeour
    September 19, 2016 12:42 pm

    Nice work with an iPhone camera. I like how the water on the coin pulls up the image of the coin and shows the magnification. Really cool how the water is so much taller than the coin itself.

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  • -Simple but great image
    -The power of surface tension is really exemplified
    -Great contrast range and I really like the black and white feel

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