IV2 || Ben Carnicelli

IV2 || Ben Carnicelli

This is a photo of a smoke ring blow using a homemade rig. It involved a box with a hole cut out of it and a “bellow” made of paper on one side. The box was filled with smoke using a smoke machine. Then the bellow could be pressed expelling smoke and then released creating a backdraft that created a smoke ring. The smoke ring could be lit up using a large lighting panel and then photographed. This image shows the vortices on either side of the ring and the smoke that the ring is leaving behind. Unfortunately, due to poor lighting, the ISO and framerate settings were difficult to get right so the image is very slightly grainy. This image was the best one out of about 400 images that we took using the same setup.

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  • Max Patwardhan
    Sep 23, 2022 13:03

    I very much enjoy the way you rotated the image. The diagonal subject was very interesting. Honestly, I kind of like the grainy-ness, it brings a somewhat warm feeling.

  • Ella Mcquaid
    Sep 23, 2022 13:02

    I really like the two diagonal lines crossing the image in perpendicular directions, I think you did a good job with the rotation.

  • Alex Kelling
    Sep 23, 2022 12:54

    I love how you can see the swirls going so deep into the cross section of the vortex. It shows the exact physics you were trying to capture. The choice to rotate and crop was also a great choice.

  • Isaac Martinez
    Sep 23, 2022 12:50

    I really love the crazy organically generated shape from the smoke. At the head of the “T”, it almost looks like it has eyes from the vortices.


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