Team First — Austin Sommars

Team First — Austin Sommars

Pictured here is a magnetorheological fluid, known as MRF excited by the magnet of a magnetic parts holder. Our initial ambitions were not much of a success due to the strength of magnets we were able to find not meeting the required forces to obtain the behavior we anticipated. This “fluid” was very viscous, that of petroleum grease, and acted as a liquid until excited by a magnetic force, at which point it solidified and became more rigid. This is demonstrated at the top of the image, where the smooth, fluid-like substance transitions into a stalagmite-type structure closer to the magnet.


Setup assistance by Greg Kornguth, Leo Steinbarth, and Stella Meillon

Photo Taken by: Austin Sommars
Camera: Sony A7R III
Lens: 16-35mm

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  • Ciaran Rochling
    Dec 15, 2023 10:46

    Hey Austin!
    What a cool idea to run with! The image reminds me of Venom a bit! It almost makes your skin crawl a bit. I think you did a great job focusing on multiple points in the image. Good job!

  • Riley Menke
    Oct 6, 2023 21:38

    I think that you have a great lead here, you have two really cool topics, but it feels like i cant pick on to focus on

  • Sarah Hartin
    Oct 2, 2023 11:53

    I like the way you cropped this image. I think including the magnet in the image provides the viewer with a visual explanation for what is occurring in the image and helps provide context.

  • Monica Luebke
    Sep 29, 2023 13:15

    As we discussed if you were to complete this image again, I think the blurred/focus might come from adjusting the manual settings of the camera such as the aperture. A larger number aperture might achieve the focus you’re looking for as that allows for more of the frame in focus. With a high aperture you will need to adjust the remaining two settings of the camera to achieve the correct lightness. Well done!

  • Izzy Young
    Sep 29, 2023 12:38

    Can you elaborate a bit more on why you cropped it this way?


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