Coffee-Related Macro Photography
(Al Ruscelli -- April 2007)

Photographs Copyright Al Ruscelli Photography

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Hot Water and Coffee Explosion

This is what happens during that brief moment when hot water from the coffeemaker's spray head first hits the coffee in the filter.  The upper shot is the original photo (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens) and others are cropped and zoomed from the original. From some angles and crops, it seems like a microcosm of a pyroclastic flow from a volcano that has just erupted.  

Of the top four photos (immediately below), the two on the left show "before" and the two on the right show "after" the water's impact with the ground coffee. 

  

  

 

More Cropped Views from the Original at the Top of the Page

     

  

  

 

"The Wolf"
...as my 5-year-old daughter called it.  But then she started calling it "the bear."  While I see her point with either animal, I still think it looks like a pyroclastic flow.  Maybe we'll settle on Highly Caffeinated Pyroclastic Wolf-Bear.

 

A Little Later in the Process

  

  

 

And Just a Little Bit Later

  

 

After a Good Stir
(Top photo is the original, bottom two the cropped versions)

  

 

And After Restarting the Water Flow (After the Stir)

  

  

 

The Aftermath
(Just a bunch of wet coffee)

  

  

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Cool Macro Photos 1
All photos below are from one brew cycle (special camera, special lens, special technique used)

  

     

     

  

     

     

     

  

     

     

     

     

     

     

  

  

 

 

Miscellaneous Cool Macro Photos 2
All photos below are from one brew cycle

 

  

  

  

  

     

  

     

  

     

     

  

  

  

  

     

     

  

  

  

 

 

Miscellaneous Cool Macro Photos 3
All photos below are from one brew cycle

 

  

  

  

  

  

     

     

  

     

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

Miscellaneous Cool Macro Photos 4
All photos below are from one brew cycle

 

     

  

     

  

     

  

 

 

Miscellaneous Cool Macro Photos 5
All photos below are from one brew cycle

 

     

  

  

     

     

     

     

 

 

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