Fall 2023 Best of Web – Riley Menke

I chose the photo, ‘Schileren Photo of Teakettle Steam’ by Garry S. Settles, as my selection for this falls ‘Best of Web’. The photographer is a well accredited professor in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. However, this picture was posted to a fine art website: https://render.fineartamerica.com/images/rendered/share/12259053&domainId=1

Because this work differs from the professors recent publications, I assumed that this picture was creatively influenced by aesthetic decisions and not research applications. What originally drew me to this work is the Schlieren technique. Schlieren photography visualizes gaseous flows by colorizing varying densities in a given transparent medium. Artistically, I really like the color’s gradient in the lighting, and I enjoy the heavy contrast that happens when the heated air raising off the kettle is being cut by the steam exiting the kettle.

Fall 2023 Best of Web – Riley Menke

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  • Ciaran Rochling
    Dec 15, 2023 09:43

    Great selection Riley! What a cool way to visualize the heat coming off things! The color palette is wild, I love it!

  • Avery Fails
    Sep 11, 2023 20:32

    First place! I love the colors here and it reminded of the thin-filmed interference found on oil spills so much I thought this was gasoline!

  • Stella Meillon
    Sep 11, 2023 13:50

    Second Place.
    I like how you can see the different colors corresponding to the heat of the air surrounding the kettle – it’s something invisible to the naked eye, and yet we can use our other senses to infer the heat around the kettle.

  • Tandralee Chetia
    Sep 9, 2023 19:40

    Third Prize: I love the use of schlieren in this. This picture makes me want to learn more about the process behind creating it.

  • Peter Jakubczak
    Sep 9, 2023 13:09

    First place.
    I love the color aesthetics of this. I assume this is a tea kettle with boiling water. I would love to know more about the image processing of this.


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