Gnarly Water Spirals at 1600fps

The Slow Mo Guys: Gnarly Water Spirals at 1600fps

Gav and Dan spin a waterlogged foam ball to produce some hypnotic split-second galaxies. And yes. I totally used the word "Gnarly."

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  • DVeng

    2 years ago

    Instant classic.

  • tanukivilla FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    While this looks really cool, isn't the motion the exact opposite of that of an actual galaxy? The water emerging from the core rather than being gravitationally pulled towards it? Still, pretty neat looking

    • Serpentine

      1 year ago

      Centrifugal force dictates a lot for things in our universe, like the rings of Saturn.

      The initial spinning of mass would warp it's gravity outwards.

    • tanukivilla FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      If we are talking about the formation of a galaxy, then possibly. The reason I say possibly is because during that outward push, the particulate of the galaxy is in a thin disc. However, in the video, we don't see this (go to 4:00 to see what I mean) and instead see particulate coming out from all over in a "thick" disc.

      So it's debatable whether this is an example of a galaxy being formed (in which case we should ignore the disc shape) or if this is of a galaxy already in motion (in which case the gravitational motion is incorrect).


      https://books.google.com/books?id=SOfRFJBy-igC&pg=...

  • SimsJoseph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    I'm pretty sure that's how our galaxy looks spinning. Mint!

  • ennuibot Mediocre Pokémon Trainer

    2 years ago

    I wonder if the reaction in high intensity glow-sticks would make enough light for the camera to pick it up? I know they are always talking about how much light a Phantom needs. It could be cool to see something like this using glowing wonder juice.

  • SteveFatang FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Love the faces Dan made as he span the ball
    But his face in the final slow mo footage made me laugh the most :D

  • ElominSha FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Give Dan credit that he knows Deep Purple didn't come up with Hush.

  • JasonSovan

    2 years ago

    Gus is enjoying this more than anyone

  • elitedood12

    2 years ago

    i think the spinning ball of firey death would be terorism

  • METAMAN666 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    that looked fucking beautiful!!!! Also I love the way Dans face deformed after he got hit with the ball

  • EVApilot_011 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    So...with the gasoline...You could rig the ball onto a drill or paint mixer which you plug in from a safe distance. I'd recommend somewhere without a nearby flammable surface, a parking lot or something, and maybe later on in the day for low light. You'd be able to light the ball before and get away. I really think the shot would be very very pretty, so long as it could be safely done it would make a great video.

  • Pimator89

    2 years ago

    that looked beautiful !

    on a side note : "you are here" *pointer*

  • AbstractSpaces FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Those food colourings sound like condom varieties :P

  • Remsave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold a person

    2 years ago

    "Yeah, but it's full of wah er!" Poor Dan , that looked brutal!

  • Jersey-Kid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    It's strange how something so simple can look so awesome

  • Jay_C

    2 years ago

    I could watch this for hours and hours and hours. SO AMAZINGLY AWESOME!

  • Mogar_ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    the look on dans face when the ball is thrown at his face is the look of acceptence

  • QuillanJacob FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    that shot to the face was twice as vicious as the soccer ball was

  • koroxus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    i feel like this shouldnt be as cool as it is, but it looks amazing.. gavin you are an incredible camera man!

  • NikPedroBals FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    it's videos like these that make me want to get a 4K tv

  • TARDIS117 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    But gasoline is the best color.

  • StarlightLeo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    when are you going to film jack punching you in the face with a boxing glove? (dan too obvs) ref. podcast #190

  • TinyInfinity FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    fireproof suits, now thats a double digit budget video.

  • Stanty16 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Graphics guy

    2 years ago

    The zooming out focus pull was a great shot! Very cool

  • The_Embers FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    I liked how even Dan is surprised when nothing bad happens to him. He expects pain when making a video

  • AndyUltimate FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    These look an awful lot like galaxies

  • budliezer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Guys, watch out, someone in the comments knows a fucking filthy rich step-aunt

    • April_

      2 years ago

      Hahahaha

  • LlamaLoupe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ​Actual llama.

    2 years ago

    this looks absolutely amazing!

  • thetank1031

    2 years ago

    Gosh Gavin is so good with that camera. All his shots seem perfectly framed it's amazing.

  • Weezila FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    This is one of my favorites, I could looks at the sparkly spirals for hours...

  • TroyButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Its amazing how you can still get it within a few stops of perfect exposure even on such a high frame rate.

  • WarAdmiral FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

  • twtchr44 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold well, thats a thing...

    2 years ago

    you know what color we didnt try? the color of melted flesh!

  • Silversun17

    2 years ago

    the water droplets after you guys added the food coloring looked like gemstones.

  • fragbox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sexy Pants

    2 years ago

    now do this with Gasoline and light it on fire in mid air. lol.

  • Lynnanine FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Getting married soon!

    2 years ago

    It would be cool to use some of these as screensavers or something. :)

  • johnaddicott FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Amazing, always love these video's!

  • Bluness FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Gav ive been watching ever since the first big balloon video and i have to say, your editing has come a long way. The cuts and zooms on this video are perfect and just make everything beautiful and enjoyable. Thanks for doing what you do.

  • Flux_Casey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    I love how Dan feels the need to do the sound effects when watching the footage back.

  • shrinathrao97 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Supermassive Black Hole? Muse....

  • Tauxcinity FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Xantrax

    2 years ago

    And that's how a galaxy is created!

  • ReginaVD

    2 years ago

    I'm always so amazed at how in focus everything is. Holy shit Gavin you are an artist.

    • Gavino FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Thanks! It's definitely the hardest part of shooting in high-speed. You need so much light that closing the aperture for increased depth of field isn't always an option.

    • Yukito_097 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold That Kool Guy

      2 years ago

      I wonder if someone tasked him with creating a fully-functioning camera out of Redstone, he'd suddenly become an expert at Redstone circuitry?

    • Brandon8ch

      2 years ago

      Gav? How big of an aperture are we talking about? 2.0? 1.4? Either way, I agree with Regina, an extreme amount of skill doing that.

  • SadisticKnight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    The way the light reflects off all the water droplets makes it look like stars while the ball is the center of the galaxy. Absolutely beautiful!

    • SadisticKnight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      God fucking damn bots

  • JoelChretien FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold JoelTaker

    2 years ago

    i actually really want to see the fiery ball of death

  • AusKarMa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Ok thats cool and all but where the fuck was my neon.

  • Vhoxz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    try attaching the ball to a wire or a rubber strap, twist it, soak in gasoline, light, release, RUN

  • Valcadus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Halcyon

    2 years ago

    Love watching these, thanks for making them =)

  • ArekkusuWolf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Should have soaked the ball, taken it out of the water and applied different colourings all around it, that could have looked awesome!
    Great video nonetheless, Dan's face deforming was amazing

  • DarkTriforceFilms Unknown Youtuber

    2 years ago

    My favorite thing is now Dan yelling "You always do this!" At the end.

  • YumiFerrari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Who?

    2 years ago

    outch...that was eauivalent to punshing him in the face. thank god he didnt KO him :D

  • Rallion2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    That was pretty awesome. Shame that the backdrop was trees... didn't really fit in with the whole galaxies thing.

    Also if you can find a safe way to do it with fire that would be awesome.