Photo Synthesis

When Fluids Collide

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Fluids are a constant source of inspiration for high speed photography. Water and milk are two of the common liquids around us every day, but still their complex behavior is a source of wonder. Fluid scientists are still pioneering some of the basic equations that are responsible for the complex motion of fluids. In these pictures a drop of liquid is falling into a container of liquid. The first falling drop creates a recoil splash that shoots up out of the container. Just when the recoil droplet gets to the top of its motion a second falling droplet collides. The timing often happens by chance when pouring liquids, but here it is controlled with a microprocessor so each collision can be studied and photographed in detail. The motion is once again frozen in time with the help of a 1/60,000th of a second flash.

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This post was written by Ted Kinsman for Photo Synthesis.

Comments

  1. #1 david
    November 30, 2009

    Yeah, interesting. About time to apply them to solids, such as meteorite impact. I see a graben, I see blueberries.

  2. #2 zach
    December 3, 2009

    i want a poster of the last one. that’s beautiful!

  3. #3 sikiş
    December 6, 2009

    We may sometimes use other businesses to perform certain services for us, such as maintaining the Site and our mailing lists, processing orders and delivering.

  4. #4 Zhangyuan
    December 8, 2009

    AAAAHHHH THIS IS COOL!

  5. #5 Jason
    December 11, 2009

    What a great idea, and a super cool variation on the strobist project inspired by David Hobby: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-to-photograph-water-drops-with-one.html

  6. #6 Sailens
    December 17, 2009

    /b/tard!

  7. #7 kathy Orlinsky
    December 20, 2009

    The milk ones look like blown glass sculptures! Beautiful!

  8. #8 sikiş hikayeleri
    March 9, 2010

    As one who is chronically unable to get words down (must speak with my shrink), I thought must make an exception and thank you for this excellent commentary

  9. #9 sikiş hikayesi
    March 9, 2010

    Darwin had another reason for highlighting the woodpecker. The woodpecker’s tongue was one of the examples used in William Paley’s ‘Natural Theology’ to show that evolution, in the form proposed adaptations of the kind discussed by Paley do not need to be explained by ‘intelligent design’

  10. #10 Ben
    March 24, 2010

    Awesome pictures! I have only one question: when are you gonna blog again?

  11. #11 megdosya
    May 13, 2010

    What a great idea, and a super cool variation on the strobist project inspired by

    thanks… I love you scienceblogs

    thanks…nice post

  12. #12 metin2 hile
    July 27, 2010

    The woodpecker’s tongue was one of the examples used in William Paley’s ‘Natural Theology’ to show that evolution, in the form proposed adaptations of the kind discussed by Paley do not need to be explained by ‘intelligent design’

  13. #13 asli enver
    September 25, 2010

    thanks. nice sharing

  14. #14 eliquid nicotine
    November 23, 2010

    Just beautiful shots. Obviously too fast for the human eye to grasp, but stunning nonetheless.

  15. #15 electronic cigarette
    November 23, 2010

    Nature and the natural world are just perfect! How can humans ever really begin to appreciate the wonder of it all.

  16. #16 orjin krem
    December 31, 2010

    Darwin had another reason for highlighting the woodpecker. The woodpecker’s tongue was one of the examples used in William Paley’s ‘Natural Theology’ to show that evolution, in the form proposed adaptations of the kind discussed by Paley do not need to be explained by ‘intelligent design’

  17. #17 tadilat
    November 12, 2011

    Nature and the natural world are just perfect! How can humans ever really begin to appreciate the wonder of it all.

  18. #18 dekorasyon
    May 2, 2012

    We may sometimes use other businesses to perform certain services for us, such as maintaining the Site and our mailing lists, processing orders and delivering.