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Something different for a change which takes me back to the country where I was born and raised. This is a close up of part of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. This was build for the Expo in 1958 and it resembles the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.

About this photo: Last summer we traveled to Europe for 1 month mainly to visit my family in Belgium. But we also went for a trip of 12 days to Switzerland, which was great. During our stay in Belgium when took 1 day out to see the sights in Brussels. It was a fairly warm day and we stopped at the Atomium first. This structure is so interesting and you can visit the inside of it as well.

When we got there the light wasn't too great, so it was better to take a close up photo of a couple of the spheres. Note the little moon to the left. I posted a photo in the Workshop to see the whole structure and there you can see the light wasn't too great.

~Camera Settings:
*Camera Model: Sony DSC-H5
*Focal Length: 11mm
*F-Number: F/8
*Exposure Time: 1/160 sec.
*ISO Speed: ISO-125
*Exposure Program: Aperture Priority (A)
*Exposure Compensation (E/V): 0 step

I used a polarizing filter, added some contrast and saturation in photoshop. I hope you like this photo.

Thank you for dropping by!
Ann :)


Some information on Atomium in Brussels: The Atomium is a monument built for Expo in '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by Andr Waterkeyn, it is 102m/335 ft tall, with nine steel spheres connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes which connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre enclose escalators connecting the spheres which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere provides a panoramic view of Brussels. Each sphere is 18m/59ft in diameter. Three spheres are currently closed to the visitors, others are easily reachable with escalator. The vertical vertex contains an elevator which was considered very fast and advanced at the time of building (the speed is 5 minutes per second).

They started renovating the Atomium in March 2004 2004 and reopened to the public in February 2006. The renovations included replacing the faded aluminium sheets on the spheres with stainless steel. Three of the four uppermost spheres lack vertical support and hence are not open to the public for safety reasons, although the sphere at the pinnacle is open to the public. The original design called for no supports as the structure was simply to rest on the spheres. Wind tunnel tests proved that the structure would have toppled in a 80 km/h (50mi/h) wind and winds of 140 km/h (87.5mi/h) winds have been recorded in Belgium. Support columns were added to achieve enough resistance against overturning and heavy winds. (Info from Wikipedia)

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