Team First – Leo Steinbarth

Team First – Leo Steinbarth

This photograph captures the intriguing designs that emerge in a ferrofluid when a magnet is within close proximity. This action caused the viscous fluid to stretch out to the magnet imitating mini stalagmites. Initially, the ferrofluid was coated on the magnet of a magnetic part holder. Once coated, we used a hook magnet and approached the coated magnet. These exquisite patterns began to take shape along the edge of the magnet. Originally, our intention was to utilize magnets to generate a porcupine-like shape from the ferrofluid. We encountered unforeseen challenges such as the liquid being more viscous than anticipated. However, when improvising our original intention, this fascinating shot was taken.


– Setup assistance by Austin Sommars

– Setup assistance by Stella Meillon

– Setup assistance by Greg Kornguth

Camera used: Canon EOS Rebel T6

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7 Comments. Leave new

  • Ciaran Rochling
    Dec 15, 2023 10:53

    Great job Leo!
    This image looks like an alien planet. I love it!

  • Hannah DelGuercio
    Dec 13, 2023 17:12

    It’s awesome how you can see the ridges! It really interesting to think that this is a fluid. In your picture it looks like it takes on characteristics more similar to a solid

  • Sam Lippincott
    Dec 7, 2023 15:45

    This is so cool. It almost looks like the ferrofluid had a really high viscosity like mud. It looks disgusting in the best possible way.

  • Riley Menke
    Oct 6, 2023 21:36

    I agree with our peers that the frame is great. I really like how the edges of each point are so defined, it really creates great contrast in tight spaces.

  • Sarah Hartin
    Oct 2, 2023 11:56

    I agree with the other comments regarding the cropping of this image. It is really interesting to be able to see the individual ridges on each stalagmite.

  • Monica Luebke
    Sep 29, 2023 13:16

    I really like the cropping of this image. In addition to the cropping, the lighting on the stalagmites really draws the eye to the center of the image without losing contextual reference. Great job!

  • Izzy Young
    Sep 29, 2023 13:01

    The cropping here is great! I think it highlights the ferro fluid without taking away the important background.


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