Team First Fall 2023 – Michael Becerra

Team First Fall 2023 – Michael Becerra

The Saffman-Taylor instability occurs when a less viscous fluid is inserted into a more viscous one within a confined geometry. This image is the result of inserting water mixed with food coloring into honey inside of a Hele-Shaw cell. The cell was created using two clear acrylic plates that were held together using clothespins. Honey was compressed between these two plates where red water in a syringe would then be forced into a drilled hole on the plate creating the effect.

Camera Settings:
Canon EOS Rebel T7
Aperture: f/5
Focal Length: 44 mm
Exposure Time: 1/100
A video is also provided below to see the process of producing the image:

Video Settings:
iPhone 13 Pro
Captured at 4k and 60 fps but reduced to 1080p for YouTube

Credits: Bradley Schumacher and Qisheng Lei for assisting with the experiment

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  • Ciaran Rochling
    Dec 15, 2023 10:56

    Hey there Michael!
    Your group really nailed this setup! I think you did a great job with your color selection as well! I love the little tendrils that poke out. Great job!

  • Hannah DelGuercio
    Dec 13, 2023 17:10

    I really like the video and how it shows the process you used to create the image. Plus, the image is really striking, and I like the colors.

  • Jonathon Gruener
    Dec 13, 2023 13:54

    I love the color in this. The pink is so striking. You did a great job capturing this with such a simple yet powerful photo.

  • Ari Matrajt Frid
    Dec 1, 2023 12:09

    I like how crisp the edges look, the color is so saturated and it looks awesome.

  • Sierra Greeley
    Nov 27, 2023 22:27

    Hello Michael,
    I think this idea is so cool. Your team really excelled with this one! The way you have the bright white background contrasting the neon pink is super eye-catching.

  • Corey Murphey
    Sep 29, 2023 16:10

    Michael, I love the colors in this image. Using the iPad as a background was really creative and quite effective here. I love seeing the fractals (the fingers) that form from the Taylor-Saffman instability. Great work! The video was also a really effective addition; I was a little confused about your setup until I saw the video. Great work!


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