Best of Web 2022 – Robert Cooper

Best of Web 2022 – Robert Cooper

This is an installation work from photographer Alamy Doug Perrine. The photo captures ocean waves that are populated by a rare species of marine microbes called dinoflagellate or phytoplankton that give the water that blue glow. What I find amazing about this is that the dinoflagellate turn blue when they’re shaken up, so being along the shoreline they basically highlight where the turbulent flow is. If there are no waves that night the phytoplankton would be hard to see thus the effect would be gone. Theres a really mesmerizing video of the waves crashing with the dinoflagellate posted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium posted here.

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  • Tristan Martinez
    Sep 28, 2022 14:24

    2nd place: Bioluminescence is so cool, I love the stars included in the image as well

  • Martin Allsbrook
    Sep 14, 2022 21:54

    3rd place: I love how the dinoflagellate create an outline of the previous wave, it’s almost like they’ve taken a snapshot of flows from the past!

  • Maridith Stading
    Sep 14, 2022 20:34

    1st place: This image is not only stunning but shows how fluids affect living beings as well.

  • Isaac Martinez
    Sep 14, 2022 13:57

    3rd Place: I think the contrast of colors is really satisfying. The surrounding environment of the stars and the larger part of the ocean is a nice canvas for the vibrant blue.

  • Nathan Gallagher
    Sep 13, 2022 13:01

    1st place: I love the way this image is framed so you can see the waves rolling in. The phytoplankton also do a good job capturing the rising and lowering waves.

  • David Milner
    Sep 13, 2022 11:37

    3rd place: there’s something really pleasing about how the flow is visualized naturally with phytoplankton. There’s also a great story being told about how the plankton in the sea relate to the stars in the sky.


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