Every winter, incredible photos and videos appear on social media as people try to make the most of the cold weather, turning boiling water into incredible ice crystals.
How does hot water turn into icy clouds when it’s cold?
According to National Geographic, this phenomenon occurs because the boiling water is already very close to evaporating: “Because they are so hot, those tiny drops of water begin to vaporize. But because cold air cannot hold as much water vapor as warmer air, the water condenses. Extremely cold temperatures quickly freeze the water droplets, which fall like ice crystals. “
Perfect weather 2 have fun with the cold. the #pemba The effect is a pretty good science experiment where cold weather will actually freeze boiling water instantly when thrown into the air. Try this with cold water and well, you will get soaked. #weather #Science #polar vortex pic.twitter.com/NwlJ3VzcWX
– Craig Boehm (@Skstormchaser) February 6, 2021
Do you want to record a video or an image of this type? With the polar vortex bringing frigid temperatures to much of the Northern Hemisphere this week, now is as good an opportunity as any to try.
That said, it should be adequately cold where you are: like 14 ° F / -26 ° C or below. Really, don’t try this if the wind is blowing towards you. And try throwing the water away from you before pouring boiling water over your head.
If the wind and the weather are happy in your favor? Take a large jar of boiling water to a place with few visual distractions, such as a low field. If it is the golden hour, which occurs around sunset or sunrise, the light should be bright and perfect.
Now find a place that faces the sun and have your model throw the hot water into its rays.
If you have a wide angle lens, use it. If you only have one smartphone – that’s good too. Just stand a little further back so you can get the full ice crystal effect on the frame. Get your model to take a few shots and voila. I hope you have the photo of your dreams.
To inspire you: Haven’t these Instagrammers from all over the world filming what’s known as’Mpemba effect‘seems easy?
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Main photo: @iamnordic/ Instagram
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