Anna Lynton

Anna Lynton

Drops of wet sand  pile up to form a tower instead of forming a heap. Excess water is drawn downwards and into the dry sand at the base through capillary action.  As a result, the grains of sand hold together instead of sliding.

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  • Duncan Lowery
    Sep 24, 2018 19:43

    This looks surreal! I didn’t know that normal sand was capable of behaving like this. Was there a trick to forming these balls? The shallow depth of field helps to obscure that is happening in the background. Did you stack them on top of each other or did you drop them from higher up?

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  • Chad Sloan
    Sep 24, 2018 17:14

    I really like the focus, and how the background looks because of it! I think this was a very cool idea for the first project and an intresting flow. Also if there is a way to get the light pole out of the background that would make it even better

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  • Chad Sloan
    Sep 24, 2018 17:12

    I really like the focus, and how the background looks because of it! I think this was a very cool idea for the first project and an intresting flow.

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  • Joseph Ryan
    Sep 21, 2018 12:40

    This is really really interesting. The explanation helped it a lot. I never knew this would happen with sand. Like the prof said, it would’ve been cool to see a video, but I think the picture and explanation illustrate it well enough.

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  • Matthew Finney
    Sep 21, 2018 12:21

    Nice focus on the subject of the sand. The glared background manages this works. The circular clumps of sand is a cool way of showing flow.

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  • Noah Granigan
    Sep 21, 2018 12:15

    Cool physics going on here, I like how the different drops are off balance a bit, reminds me of rock stacking somewhere. The background could be a bit less distracting, but this is a cool picture.

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  • Eli Kopp-DeVol
    Sep 21, 2018 12:14

    Nice clarity on the subject of the sand and the contrast of the bright white sand is wonderfully aesthetic!

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  • Chris Davidoff
    Sep 21, 2018 12:14

    Cool! The stacks of sand make the image for sure. I bet with a tilt shift lens you could make this look like an epic world monument that’s really large.

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  • Ross Cooper
    Sep 21, 2018 12:13

    I love the centering of the subject, as well as the focus on the tower. I love the light that makes it really stand out as well. I may try to get rid of the pole in the background and fill it in with some greenish blur,

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  • greg collins
    Sep 21, 2018 12:13

    I like the focus. It was good use of aperture, to define foreground vs background.

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  • Christopher McFadden
    Sep 21, 2018 12:13

    I like the different bulbous sand piles stacked up. I didn’t know what it was at first. The background is a bit distracting but i like the short depth of field. Its in good focus too. Maybe put some more contrast in the sand.

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  • I love this image! You did a nice job having the subject super in focus. I like the background that you have, because it contrasts the white of the sand. Nice job!

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  • Owen Brown
    Sep 21, 2018 12:13

    I think you did a great job with the background it brings me to a sandbox with wet sand. Nice work with the focus! Cool physics.

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  • Casey Munsch
    Sep 21, 2018 12:13

    I like the range of focus and the green background. Really interesting effect!

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  • Brandon Gushlaw
    Sep 21, 2018 12:13

    Sharp photo. The image is well centered and the blurred background is great. Did you take multiple photos to capture the right timing of this?

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  • Garrett Gerchar
    Sep 21, 2018 12:12

    Very cool how it looks like there are stones stacked on top of each other? Did you try to use a black background? I like the contrast of the white with the dark background.

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  • Michael Karns
    Sep 21, 2018 12:12

    The image is really nice, and I really like the color of the sand. The focus is really sharp which makes it easy to focus on the sand.

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  • Ivan Komodore
    Sep 21, 2018 12:12

    The sharpness of the grains of sand add to the tactile feel of this picture. The background is slightly distracting but still provides a good contrast for the light colored sand.

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  • Chase Cleveland
    Sep 21, 2018 12:12

    This is a fascinating phenomenon. Great focus and clarity in the image. The background is nice when blurred out but the stripe in the middle is a little bit distracting. Also, I think a closer view of the image with more zoom could be powerful.

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  • Peilin Yang
    Sep 21, 2018 12:12

    Very impressive image. Nice combination of the science and aesthetic. At first galance, I mistaked it as marshmallow.

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  • ibrahim Ahajji
    Sep 21, 2018 12:12

    Good Idea. the picture is very interesting. The background and the lighting look great. good work.

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  • Wenjin Li
    Sep 21, 2018 12:12

    Great idea. I like the structure of the object in the image. It is pretty sharp focus. I like the background to be blur. Looks great. The lighting is pretty good.

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  • This could look really cool on a black background! There is probably some cool phenomenon explaining how and why the bubbles form the way they do.

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  • Charles Keely
    Sep 21, 2018 12:12

    I like that the depth of field focuses effectively on the image.

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  • Jeremy Aparicio
    Sep 21, 2018 12:12

    Very unique flow vis idea. Not sure if this sand is moving and in freeze frame or if the structure is stationary. Blurred Background and focused up front adds a great depth perception to the photo.

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  • Winston Douglas
    Sep 21, 2018 12:12

    the way the sand is stacked up is pretty interesting, my only suggestion is to make a better backround with consistancy.

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  • Justin Truong
    Sep 21, 2018 12:12

    This photo is really cool! The idea is really unique and it looks like a snow during the winter time.

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  • Brent T Eckles
    Sep 21, 2018 12:11

    very cool phenomenon, haven’t seen stacked sand look quite like this. Could change the background color to allow the sand to stick out more.

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  • Bradley Busek
    Sep 21, 2018 12:11

    This is a really interesting looking picture, it almost looks like it’s going to tip over. I really like the exposure of the image and that the background is noticeable, but super blurry. Great Job.

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  • Maxwell Rodgers
    Sep 21, 2018 12:06

    This is a very interesting image! I really like how the main aspect of the image is in very clear focus. The background is slightly distracting but because everything else is in such sharp focus it doesn’t detract from the image.

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  • Dylan Crane
    Sep 15, 2018 16:06

    That’s super cool looking and doesn’t really look possible. A solid background and a single light source for contrast could make it look great! I’m wondering what the flow is too?

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