Get Wet || Abhishek Kumar

This image illustrates the Raleigh–Taylor Instability. This stemmed from a toroidal vortex (smoke ring) when it collapsed. We can clearly see mushroom cloud right before it hits the surface. Remnant vortices can be observed at the top, and along the circumference of the collapsing ring.

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  • This is a very interesting shape for a wisp of smoke; it reminds me of a jellyfish, with the bell facing down. To keep the focus on the smoke, I think it would be best to crop and/or edit the brighter lower-right corner.

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  • I think you captured Raleigh–Taylor Instability really well with this photo. I also enjoy the contrast the smoke has with the black background, it really makes the smoke stand out.

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  • Very good juxtaposition between the light smoke and dark background, really pushes the focus to the smoke itself.

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  • I like the different aspects of flow we are able to see in one image and the natural trail left behind by the ring, seemingly leaving from the center of the ring.

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  • Dimario Cancanon
    September 13, 2019 12:46 pm

    How fast was this vortex ring moving? The laminar flows of the trails look great.

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  • The focus and contrast in this image are amazing. I love how we can see the small details and individual wisps of smoke. What shutter speed did you use for this image?

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  • I loved the background however, I personally think that if you edited the right side to make it black the picture may look better.

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  • Faisal Alismail
    September 13, 2019 12:45 pm

    The smoke ring you captured is very clear! I noticed that the left side of the photo is darker than the right side. Personally, I think if both sides were black, it’ll give the photo an interesting new perspective.

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  • I really enjoyed how it looks like a music note symbol coming out or a mushroom cloud. It feels lyrical.

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  • I find it interesting how the different areas of the smoke ring dissipate at different rates, which can be seen through the different sizes o the “tails” on the top left and top right part of the photo, as well as how the ring has turned into an inverted mushroom cloud as it falls.

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  • I’m very impressed with how the trail is captured and the way in which you chose to allow the vortex to fall.

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  • I really love how you can see the movement and flow of the smoke in a single image. The image conveys how the smoke moved and dissipated on the floor with just this single image.

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  • There are two white particle that I noticed are in the frame. What could have caused those to appear when taking the image?

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  • Antonio Gueretta
    September 13, 2019 12:42 pm

    Would you be able to set up your configuration with a remote trigger to help with blowing the rings and taking the pictures?

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  • The contrast in colors really brings out the flow of the rings. Also I like how the gradient of light from the right side of the image gives two sides to the picture

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  • This picture is stunning. Have you thought of lighting from both directions rather than one side?

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  • The lighting set up is very effective in this specific case. I think this because it illuminates the smoke very evenly.

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  • Abduljalil Almashama
    September 13, 2019 12:40 pm

    It is cool how you were able to capture a mushroom-like smoke! But I think the focus on the bottom need some improvements.

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  • What kind of techniques did you use to make this picture posible? I am very impressed on how this picture demonstrates the beauty of the smoke.

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  • I love these smoke ring shape, I think it’s beautiful and I like how its facing up and down, typically I feel like we see smoke photographed moving side to side.

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  • Jennifer Kracha
    September 13, 2019 12:40 pm

    The way the smoke trails off makes a beautiful flow and motion in your image. The way you were able to capture the Raleigh-Taylor Instability is great. I am impressed you were able to catch this image without a camera stand!

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  • Kensue Kiatoukaysy
    September 13, 2019 12:40 pm

    I appreciate how the background isn’t completely black, as you’ve left some reflected light on the right side of the image. It gives the image a deeper field of view.

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  • I like the contrast created between the white fog and the dark black background.

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  • I really like the shape of the smoke above the ring, it looks like it is almost tracking where the smoke ring traveled.

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  • Alejandro BarronToriello
    September 13, 2019 12:39 pm

    I really like the background transition from really dark background to light showing up to the right giving it a nice contrast to the smoke

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  • Byron Pullutasig
    September 13, 2019 12:39 pm

    I like how this reminds me of a cumulonimbus cloud (almost has an anvil shape to it)

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  • I appreciate the wispy smoke coming off of the smoke lines. They are very smooth and show the instability of the smoke in this atmosphere.

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  • Abdullah Alsaffar
    September 13, 2019 12:39 pm

    I love how the light is only coming from one side. Also, the photo shows clear flow of the smoke.

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  • Jason Fontillas
    September 13, 2019 12:39 pm

    From an artistic perspective, I like the monochromatic look of the image. Given that you are working with smoke/gas, the black background makes it easy to see the subject of the image.

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  • Robert Giannella
    September 13, 2019 12:39 pm

    beautiful image and well focused

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  • Matthew Knickerbocker
    September 13, 2019 12:39 pm

    Nice photo, I like the trail of smoke left behind the vortex as it propagates as well as the residual rotational motion seen above the vortex.

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  • What do you think about the light coming in from the right side of the image?

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  • I really appreciate how you captured the movement of not only the ring itself, but also the movement of the smoke above the ring. It is very aesthetically pleasing

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  • It is really interesting how the smoke appears to “loop” back into itself as it begins to dissipate.

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  • How were you producing the rings that you took pictures of?

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  • Peter Rosenthal
    September 13, 2019 12:38 pm

    I’m very impressed with how many stages of the flow in just a single quick still image.

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  • I really like the contrast between the smoke ring and the background. It helps me to better visualize the smoke itself.

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  • How were you producing the vorticies that you took pictures of?

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