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Is there any way of creating a "home-made" effect of shock diamond phenomenon that I could take a picture of? If so, How could I make one?

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Sorry Dan. The answer is "NO". After learning up to some pretty depth regarding those tricky diamonds in air-crafts, I could answer this one...

Shock diamonds are also called Mach diamonds or Mach disks. We guys mention "Mach" ($v$ to $c$ ratio) only when something attains a good % of velocity comparable to the velocity of sound in that medium (which here is air). As Wiki says, these are supersonic wave pattern formations at the rear-end of a jet-kinda aircraft (at the nozzles). Ok, It also says that supersonic waves range from 1 to 5 Mach.

That "supersonic" property should be noted because these are seen only during blasts of gas (at a nozzle, a vent or artillery) at supersonic speeds which are impossible to attain while sitting at home and watching TV. In order to do such, you require a large area, loads of fuel and mainly "an Afterburner"...

Note: I mentioned that you can't only create those diamonds. But, you could do a lot of things in photography. Like, picturing some cool flame torches in oxy-acetylene (or an alkane) welding torch and do some tricks using whatever you've got good in Image FX. Or else, you could blend some to create diamonds like these people :-)

(Could I get a good reason for the down-vote..?)

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Thanks alot for your answer, the homework asseignment notes that we cannot edit the photos we take. if that is not possible (and this is a bit off-question but please answer) do you have other ideas that I can take picture of? (it should be creative and unique not something silly like a reflaction..), Thanks again :-) –  Dan Barzilay Oct 20 '12 at 19:23
@DanBarzilay: Sorry Dan, That was my last post 'cause it was time to go away... Natural (Physical) Phenomena include Rainbows, Lightning, Mist, Fog, Rain and so on... But, it's the way you photograph what makes it creative & unique :-) Was your homework already completed? –  Waffle's Crazy Peanut Oct 21 '12 at 15:10
no it's like a big project so it's for 2 months from now so i got time to think about it :P yeah i know that its how you photograph it but i'm asking you for a suggestion on that. btw i didn't down-voted it i upvoted.. –  Dan Barzilay Oct 21 '12 at 16:48
@DanBarzilay: No Dan, I didn't mean you. This normally happens at SE. We don't know who has done the drive-by down-vote. But in order to get their attention, these comment-like lines are better to insert (just a hope that they'd see and comment on it) at the end of answer... –  Waffle's Crazy Peanut Oct 21 '12 at 17:27
alright thanks for trying to help i think that ill try and photograph something pretty with the tyndall effect, if you still have any suggestions you are welcome to comment :) –  Dan Barzilay Oct 21 '12 at 19:42

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