Elemental Burning

Elements can burn, some burn brightly, some burn beautifully, and some transform into weird shapes after burning. In this film, we show the combustion of 5 elements: carbon, sodium, phosphorus, and magnesium, and sulfur. (Photography: Yan Liang)

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Combustion of charcoal (carbon)  in the air

Combustion of charcoal (carbon)  in the air

Combustion of sodium in the air

Combustion of sodium in the air

Combustion of magnesium in the air

Combustion of magnesium in the air

Combustion of magnesium in the air (10-stop ND filter applied)

Combustion of magnesium in the air (10-stop ND filter applied)

Combustion of red phosphrus in the air

Combustion of red phosphrus in the air

Combustion of sulfur in the air

Combustion of sulfur in the air