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Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

A different picture than you might have ever seen of the Atomium.
A close up of one of the balls with the reflections of the surroundings, including the o...
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A different picture than you might have ever seen of the Atomium.
A close up of one of the balls with the reflections of the surroundings, including the other balls.

The Atomium is the representation (magnified 165,000,000,000 x) of a unit cell (the smallest repetitive representation) of an iron crystal. Although a crystal is a bit difficult to understand regarding metals (we all know them in daily life of salts (eg pyrite) and molecules (eg sugar), one can still distinguish it when we are "descending" to atomic levels. And that is what the Atomium does, with a representation of a total of nine atoms ....
In the very middle of the Atomium is an iron atom which is cubically surrounded by eight other iron atoms (which in turn are surrounded by eight atoms, but not in this representation of the Atomium). In total there are nine spheres and so also nine iron atoms.
The paths (rings) represented by the small lights ( in fact that should be 26 paths) are electrons flying around a core as described by the physicist Rutherford. He was the first to describe electrons around a nucleus (1911) and said that an atom is essentially an empty space. Earlier models (Dalton and Thomson) were regarded as marbles.
Since Rutherford we have two new models. They (especially the last one) describes atoms in a completely different way.
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Nikon D800, Tamron 70-300mm f-4-5.6 SP VC
@ 135 mm (ff-eq 135 mm; after crop about 150 mm); f-10; 10 s; ISO 100, VC = off, No flash
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11 Comments | Report
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 October 30, 2017
Very cool シ
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Pjerry October 30, 2017
Thank you Mel. I saw those single balls and thought, those are the one....
MJLara Platinum
 
MJLara November 02, 2017
This is the most beautiful atom I've ever seen! :) Great capture!
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Pjerry November 03, 2017
Thank you very much for your kind comment. I wanted to capture the essence of the atomium, but in a different way most people do. The reflections were the key to "success". ;)
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Bazz November 07, 2017
Very creative! Nicely done!
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Pjerry November 08, 2017
Thank you, I couldn't resit, the reflections were so beautiful.... From tripod, with MUP and manual focus (LV) results in a razer sharp capture.
Hood
 
Hood November 08, 2017
Wow!! Love this..
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Pjerry November 08, 2017
Thanks, I know this feeling. I still do love this capture with its nice color pattern and sharp image.
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janland November 12, 2017
Fantastic image! Crazy cool!
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Pjerry November 12, 2017
Thanks Jan, much appreciated..
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Artrox November 14, 2017
You're on fire, great capture. love your journey !
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Pjerry November 19, 2017
Thanks for your very nice remark.
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Lesabre1954 December 20, 2017
This is a very interesting object and a fantastic capture. The clarity is excellent!
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Pjerry December 20, 2017
Thank you so much for your very kinds words. The object is fascinating, but most people only see it in its total.
celinemestre
 
celinemestre January 15, 2018
Great perspective of Atomium!!!
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Pjerry January 15, 2018
Thanks, I'm very content with the result. The reflections were so beautiful....
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Pamelabole January 19, 2018
This is such a cool shot!! Love the light and reflections.....this is mesmerizing!! ; )
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Pjerry January 19, 2018
Thank you for your super kind words.
korinna
 
korinna March 25, 2018
Voted on architecture and reflection
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Pjerry March 25, 2018
Thank you very much !!
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MaryAnne306 March 01, 2020
Awesome photo. Creative, superbly composed, and beautifully sharp. Thanks for the detailed explanation. Would love to know more about the two more recent models you mention.
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Pjerry March 01, 2020
Thanks May Anne. I've answered you with a too long answer to post it here. Hope you do understand it now a bit more.
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