Best of Web // Faisal Alismail

Best of Web // Faisal Alismail


Photograph credit: Mark C Hughes

In this photograph and during a freezing temperature, about -20C/-4F, Mark decided to blow bubbles and take pictures of them as they freeze. As a kid playing with bubbles was fun, and simple but the truth is, creating bubbles and the science behind them is a bit complicated. Bubbles consist of two soap films, and they have two layers an inside and outside one. The bubble bursts when the water evaporates and stays together based on the surface tension of the soap film. To make the bubbles stronger at freezing temperatures, the soap film needs to be stronger. To do so, adding glycerine or corn syrup is necessary. To make the bubbles form crystals as shown, Mark added a small number of sugar crystals. I like this photograph because it combines both art and science behind the frozen bubbles.

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5 Comments. Leave new

  • Saud Alobaidan
    Sep 16, 2019 14:34

    Second Prize. I totally agree that this image is relaxing to observe and it made me feel peace.

  • Peter Armstrong
    Sep 16, 2019 10:43

    This image is incredibly relaxing to look at. I find it super interesting how the freezing process appears to slow things down and emphasize the patterns in the soap. I’m voting for this as my second favorite.

  • Sophie Adams
    Sep 15, 2019 13:13

    This is such a cool phenomenon, I would’ve never thought to experiment with freezing bubbles myself! This is definitely my favorite post, it’s such an interesting reaction and is visualized so beautifully.

  • Lucas D Garcia
    Sep 4, 2019 11:49

    This was my favorite post!


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