Burning a Leaf with Green Fire

Burning a Leaf with Green Fire

2016 Team Second

A leaf is burned in a mixture of methyl alcohol and boric acid. Methyl alcohol produces a blue flame and turns green when boric acid is introduced.

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  • Sierra Castillo
    Nov 16, 2016 09:41

    The colors are unreal! The contrast between the greens and blues with the reds and blacks really makes the image. I love that the focus is on the smoldering leaf and the green is slightly blurred. I’m not really sure why, but it’s dope.

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  • Joseph Straccia
    Nov 14, 2016 08:58

    The green and blue flame makes a really interesting photo. I like the idea of adding the leaf to introduce a few red embers and a different texture to the image. I particularly like how the veins of the leaf glow in a few spots in the image.

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  • Daniel Luber
    Nov 13, 2016 15:46

    I really like the contrast between the embers of the leaf burning and the green color caused of by the methyl alcohol. Fire is a very difficult think to get good focus on. I think that you did a great job of this.

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  • Stephanie Mora
    Nov 9, 2016 12:19

    Love this image! The contrast from the red embers on the leaf and the green flame is beautiful. Good focus. Awesome that you added a new element compared to your teammates.

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  • Michael Waterhouse
    Nov 9, 2016 12:19

    Wow what an amazing photo. Great contrast in colors. The burning leaf adds a nice texture. Looks like the aurora of northern lights with a sharp volcano peak. Great job!

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  • Kate Gresh
    Nov 9, 2016 12:19

    1. The image is very interesting. The vertical streak is aesthetically pleasing.
    2. The physics are well shown.
    3. The photographic technique is very good- extremely for the low light conditions.

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  • Branden Goldenberg
    Nov 9, 2016 12:18

    AddIng the leaf adds some nice colors and calms down the fire so the green color really pops. The focus is more on the leaf than the flame, but I like that effect.

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  • Peter Brunsgaard
    Nov 9, 2016 12:18

    This image reminds me of the northern lights, and has a very nice contrast between the red glow of the leaves with the green and blue flames.

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  • Mark Noel
    Nov 9, 2016 12:18

    The leaf looks cool and is in focus. The flame is blurry but it is a bountiful image

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  • Harrison Lien
    Nov 9, 2016 12:18

    This photo is really nice, the glow from the leaf is a nice effect. but the motion blur is a little distracting. overall, nice composition, good contrast.

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  • Sean Harrison
    Nov 9, 2016 12:18

    Flame is a little blurry, but the burned leaf is nicely focused. Contrast with black background is nice. The glowing embers of the leaf adds a nice effect to the image.

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  • Alexander Rosenberry
    Nov 9, 2016 12:14

    Great image! One of my favorites. The way you can see just enough glow in the leaf to tell that it is a leaf while still being obscured is awesome. The deep orange glow of the leaf is also a great contrast to the striking green flame. This turned out great

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  • Maxfiled Scrimgeour
    Nov 9, 2016 12:13

    This image reminds me of the northern lights intersecting a volcano. A very cool perspective of the flame and material that is burning.

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  • Jeremy Parsons
    Nov 9, 2016 12:11

    This is may favorite image from this experiment. The contrast between discrete red lines of the burning leaf and the green flames is what truly makes this image pope of the screen. If possible, the contrast could be bumped up to on the left side of the frame to bring out the leaf profile some more.

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  • Marco Gardi
    Nov 4, 2016 12:20

    Phenomenal image. I love the contrast between the green of the flame and the red in the burning leaf but what’s even better is that the flame is soft and diffused while the red is crisp and sharp: the original dynamics of the scene are perfectly conveyed. This is like the northern lights on top of a volcano…very well done.

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