Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spooky Spin Spectacle

Photo date: January 14, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

I took the photo below while photographing nothing but ordinary drops of pure, clean water falling against a dark featureless background.  We see an effect I used to get quite frequently, but which I don't get that often these days: what I call the orb centrifuge effect, in which orbs seem to be spinning around the outer edges of a water drop, like test tubes in a centrifuge.

spinning orbs
The poster below shows numerous photos I previously took of this strange effect.   Open the image in a separate browser tab to see it at higher resolution. You can see the original photos here.

spinning orbs

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