Team First – Ben Clairday

Team First – Ben Clairday

This image portrays the fluid chain effect that takes place when two streams of water meet. I find it fascinating that the surface tension creates an oval film as the water falls down.

Shot with: Canon EOS 40D, 50 mm lens, f# 1.4.

Camera Settings: ISO 800, 50 mm, f/1.8, and 1/2500s

With help from Team Chard:

-Corey Murphey

-Venkata Durvasula

-Zachary Turner

The inspiration for this image was orginally found by Corey Murphy on Team Chard at the website:

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  • Ciaran Rochling
    Dec 15, 2023 10:38

    Hey Ben!
    I really like this image! It almost looks like a ladder as it flows. I think you did a great job with the lighting in this image! The gradient from top of bottom with the shallow depth of field in the background really makes the flow pop. Great job!

  • Hannah DelGuercio
    Dec 13, 2023 17:16

    I like how there appears to be three different stages in this photo. The first is before the streams meet, the second is where they do meet and form and wider area, and the final stage is all over the place and its zig zagging back and forth.

  • Sam Lippincott
    Dec 7, 2023 15:49

    I love this. it makes me think of how when two things spin up to each other and collide, the result is chaos. I could go further into metaphors and because of that I think this is art. Incredibly well done.

  • Rachel Marbaker
    Dec 7, 2023 09:44

    Incredible image! the focus is skillful and the lighting captures the contours and dynamism of the water!

  • Riley Menke
    Oct 6, 2023 21:26

    Great pic! I really like how the color gradient of the background adds to the framing of the flow. The change in color also reflects the change in the flow which i think is a really great composition.

  • Zachary Turner
    Oct 5, 2023 21:40

    The image demonstrates your proficiency with framing and photography well. Awesome photo!

  • Austin Sommars
    Oct 1, 2023 22:10

    When I see this image I think of a chain of molecules, or a ribbon of DNA. Super cool visualization, Ben!

  • Michael Becerra
    Sep 29, 2023 21:27

    Hi Ben,

    I think you did a great job at capturing your image, especially considering it was an interaction between two moving fluids. I really like the overall pattern the two fluids created and how it trickles down from an oval into a sort of zig-zag effect. I also think the lighting you used was good and added a whole new layer to the final image. Good job.

  • Corey Murphey
    Sep 29, 2023 16:14

    I love the ombré background here. That gradient really highlights the chaining effect you get toward the bottom of this image. And the waves you see in the body of that fishbone are fascinating. I think you did a great job working with the variability of this setup and the limitations of our cameras. Great work!

  • Bradley Schumacher
    Sep 29, 2023 13:21

    I really like the variation of flow throughout the image, like the difference between the higher section where it looks like the stream is held together by surface tension and the breakup into smaller droplets further below. I also like the variation of color in the background and the way the light reflected back at the water stream highlights the fluid.


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