Get Wet – Michael Sandoval

Get Wet – Michael Sandoval

This picture was created through the magnetic properties of ferrofluid. Nanoscale ferromagnetic particles are suspended in the liquid with a surfactant for this effect. In this photo, I took a 5/8″  diameter bolt, nut, and washer and connected them to a magnet. The magnetic field produced caused the ferrofluid to form spikes on the bolt due to the combination of surface tension and magnetic properties of the fluid.

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  • Luke Collier
    Feb 21, 2018 23:23

    Nice ferrofluid and bolt. The rainbow effect looks cool – oh, that’s the bolt. Quite the trick to make the ferrofluid look like the top hat/crown. I want to make a hat like that! The background looks very professionally white.

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  • Tanner Wismer
    Feb 19, 2018 11:24

    Really cool experiment using ferrofluid to depict fluid flow. The focus seems a bit off, but the white background was a good choice to make the fluid in the image pop. The shape of the fluid is really interesting. Overall, interesting and cool image.

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  • The ferrofluid in the image is interesting to look at, the top looks sort of like a crown. I like the removed background as well, it takes out other distractions in the image. The quality is really nice as well

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  • Cara Medd
    Feb 14, 2018 11:13

    This looks magic! You capture the contrast really well! It was helpful to see it on the large board in class.

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  • J.T. Balling
    Feb 14, 2018 02:54

    The image is beautiful, the ferrofluid reaction makes the nut/bolt set up feel like a fondue foundation. Choosing the background as white was an interesting decision but clearly paid off well.

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  • Michael Guenther
    Feb 12, 2018 21:33

    Interesting and straight forward I enjoy the flow demonstration but think more can be done with the background

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  • Stephen Morton
    Feb 12, 2018 18:09

    It’s awesome that you went to the effort to utilize some of the facilities we have. This is a sweet image!

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  • Sulaiman Alduaij
    Feb 12, 2018 15:58

    This is pretty creative. I like the fact that there is not fluid in the middle.

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  • Alexandra Wilson
    Feb 12, 2018 11:21

    art: Beautiful composition, very arresting, powerful image. It could be nice to have it even larger as well, a super huge metal flow could be a cool extension of this.
    flow: Ferrofluid is SO cool! Beautiful capture.
    technique: The capture is nice, but your upload here is really low resolution. To improve your trim in Photoshop, you might look at “select and mask.”

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  • Jacob Chapin
    Feb 12, 2018 11:17

    The physics of the ferrofluid is very captivating with the different formations it forms. The contrast with the white background is nice but I would like to see a different color background.

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  • Wesley Caruso
    Feb 12, 2018 11:13

    Very creative experiment. I really like how the ferrofluid changes shape as it goes between the layers of your design. The background choice brings out the clarity in the ferrofluid to capture the flow.

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  • John Monahan
    Feb 12, 2018 11:13

    The physics in this photo look great. I really like the different shapes that occur in the different layers of your setup. The focus looks good, but the outsides of the setup look odd.

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  • Lea Mattson
    Feb 12, 2018 11:13

    It is really interesting to see the different magnetic fields created by the different metal components. The physics look a bit strange, but very fascinating.

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  • Hanwen Zhao
    Feb 12, 2018 11:13

    Impressive image. The creation of ferrofluid on the bolt and nut is beautiful. Nice focus, very clean image.

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  • Samuel Oliver
    Feb 12, 2018 11:13

    I love the idea overall. There is a lot going on in the image, making it very visually stimulating. Maybe keeping the off white background would have been better.

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  • Gabriel Elbert
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    Art: This is a really creative image, and I like the use of ferrofluid. The crown at the top of the image is really neat.
    Flow: the flow of the ferrofluid is neat, and flow is evident
    Technique: focus and contrast are nice

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  • Lucas Sorensen
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    Image is very nicely framed, I like the solid white background but adding blur to the interface with the image and background could eliminate some of the artificiality.

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  • Hanwen Zhao
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    Impressive image. The creation of ferrofluid on thew bolt and nut is beautiful. Nice focus, very clean image.

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  • Michael Johnson
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    The image is very cool and the colors that reflect off of the ferrofluid. Its really cool to see a liquid behaving differently than you would expect it to. The focus is great and then setup is cool.

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  • Robert Gray
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    I love the colors in the ferrofluid, the different magnetic fields, and the Stark contrast with the background. There could be a bit more focus on the fluid itself, though that might just be how ferrofluid looks.

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  • Yousef Taqi
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    I really like the unique effect and visual detail associated with this image. Maybe add more colors and adjust the lighting so that it looks sharper.

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  • Brandon Toves
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    Great picture. Clearly in focus and eliminating the background helps the audience dial into flow phenomena.

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  • Kim Youngwoong
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    Great job on replacing the original background to white background. The image is well shown.

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  • Jacob Lanier
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    Very interesting flow, and the contrast with the white background looks nice. The areas where the white meets the objects can looks a little rough, though.

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  • Madison Emmett
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    I really like the flow of this. The simplicity is wonderful. I also like the the use of use of screws and washers.
    The white background is a little too bright.

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  • Sung Moon
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    I love the ferrofluid’s physics. Beautiful shape formed by the ferrofluid. Also a good focus with white background.

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  • FEISAL ALENEZI
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    I think the focus in this picture looks really good. I really like the idea!

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  • Riley Kenyon
    Feb 12, 2018 11:12

    I really like the use of ferrofluid! The contrast with the background is great!

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  • Cyron Completo
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    Wow! I am a huge fan of ferrofluid and I think you did a great job creating a sort of sculpture with the fluid. The flow physics here are fascinating and are aesthetically pleasing.

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  • Gabriel McGann
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    I love this image, I think the magic wand tool was well executed here. The contrast with the background looks great.

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  • Julian Quick
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    Art
    Super cool. I like what you did, it has good composition and is somehow dramatic. It looks like a crown!
    Flow
    You captured the geometry in the flow nicely
    Photographic Techniqu
    Nice focus and depth of field.

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  • Galen Melchert
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    This is a sweet picture. Love the different expression of the magnetic field through the different surface geometries. Really awesome concept, well presented.

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  • Zachary Hinck
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    I can tell that you spent time on this photo and it looks really good. The white background works extremely well with the dark ferrofluid and screw.

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  • Steven Rothbart
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    Really cool idea, I’m glad that someone used ferrofluid. Also, the geometric shapes that are created compliment each other well

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  • Very beautiful flow, focus, resolution and exposure is good. Flow is understandable. Very beautiful crown.

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  • Daniel Petrykowski
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    Really nice framing. There’s a ton going on with the flow in this picture. Maybe it’d be useful to show a before and after picture or a video.

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  • The lighting, patterns, and small section of the exposed bolt make the image look very symmetrical and makes for an overall interesting photo

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  • Eric Robinson
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    Good experiment, but I think the cropping is not super clean. You could either use a true white background or work a little more on cutting out the edges.

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  • Seunghwa Park
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    Really like the concept of the image where the contrast is amazing. Love the magnet concept and the flow.

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  • Philip Nystrom
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    Cool use of ferrofluid. Nice crown on the top. I like the white background, it makes the image stand out. Overall nice picture.

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  • Lara Buri
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    Great focus in this image. I like all the different textures with the ferrofluid and the metal between. The focus is really nice as well.

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  • Brent Bauer
    Feb 12, 2018 11:11

    The flow physics are very visible and the image itself is very clear. There is great detail in the points of the fluid and it is pleasing to look at.

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  • Geya Kairamkonda
    Feb 12, 2018 11:10

    I really like the shapes you were able to make as well as how you were able to highlight the points of ferrofluid.

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  • Jordan Nahabetian
    Feb 12, 2018 11:10

    This is beautiful. The dark red and black stand out very well. I love how we can see the shape of the object based on the flow.

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  • Cody Williams
    Feb 12, 2018 11:04

    I can tell you put a lot of time and effort into creating this image and it paid off! The image on this page blurs the photograph for some reason, but I’m sure it isn’t actually this pixelated in the real image (could’ve been a uploading error).

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