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Magnified 165 Billion Times

Brussels' 1958 World's Fair ATOMIUM is a unit cell of an iron crystal.
(As seen in Brussels last July 2008 while on a photo hunt with Astrid.  See her take here.)

Magnified 165 Billion Times

Brussels' 1958 World's Fair ATOMIUM is a unit cell of an iron crystal.
(As seen in Brussels last July 2008 while on a photo hunt with Astrid.  See her take here.)

comments (42)

  • Astrid
  • not in the Netherlands
  • 8 Jun 2009, 00:19
It sure was an amazing day that day out in Brussels, I love your composition and once again we prove that two photographers have their own point of view, een geweldige foto van een prachtig gebouw.
Ginnie Hart: We are definitely the proof of the pudding! I like that! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Jun 2009, 00:31
Great capture Ginnie: it looks huge
Ginnie Hart: It IS huge, Chris. Now I wish I had actually gone inside!!!
Excellent details Ginnie, super capture and composition. Looks like an image right out of a SciFi scene. Really love structure. Can see why both you and Astrid decided to post your fascinating images.
Ginnie Hart: I think we all like sci-fi images, John, projecting out into the future what could be, right!?! smile Thanks.
  • Andy
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 04:14
Wow really cool photo and structure! Looks like they could use it for a sci-fi movie!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Andy. I wonder if that has ever happened???
  • rian
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 05:08
woah! i guess that's how the terminator's cells look like.. ;D excellent shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Exactly, Rian. Thanks.
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 05:34
I left Astrid my comment so I won't repeat again here.

I never knew those tubes are actually escalators connecting to each exhibit hall/space! I guess I was so far away and never really realize the human scale of it.

To see it in color is quite different from B&W.
Ginnie Hart: The next time I visit this place, I will plan to go inside, Ti. I think that would be something else! THAT would give the scale of the place and would probably also be a good vantage point for pictures! Thanks.
Love the detail and reflections. This is great, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Next time I'm gonna go inside, BC! Next time! Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Jun 2009, 06:13
Beautiful stuff, Ginnie, and leaves a quite different impression from the excellent version on Astrid's site.

I always like how people put something of their own into pictures.
Ginnie Hart: I was once a witness to a car accident, Ray, years ago, and had the opportunity to read the description of the accident from two other witnesses, after I had sent in mine. I had the shock of my life when I discovered we all had a different story of the same thing. I have never forgotten it and have found it to be a good parallel to different photos taken of the same thing.
oh! c'est près de chez nous!

très bel angle!
Ginnie Hart: Be prepared, O-P, for a long series of your own backyard. smile Merci.
And I always thought this was a giant model of Brussel's sproutstongue
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! And I love those, too, Bill. smile
I have never seen this so close up. very interesting.
Ginnie Hart: Next time I w3ill go inside, Chad, and see what pictures can be taken from there! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Jun 2009, 07:03
Wow! A magnificent pic indeed! Particularly the reflections, even the wolkenluchten can be seen! The points of views are really different- and that makes photography -and life- and communication so interesting!
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Philine. We all are different witnesses to the same things...a lesson to be learned over and over again. Even when we are on the "same page" with someone else, it's liberating to see the differences we still have!
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 8 Jun 2009, 07:41
Love both your pics. Hope you have been having a very happy time again.
Ginnie Hart: It's been wonderful to be together again, Aussie, and to be reminded of how on the same page we are and yet how we are also different witnesses to the same experiences. Thanks for your support!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jun 2009, 08:37
Great reflections Ginnie and the inclusion of the stairs gives a real sense of scale. Impressive.
Ginnie Hart: The next time I go I will plan to go inside this structure and really feel the scale of it, Mike. I can just imagine what pictures could be taken from inside! Thanks.
A nice one of the famous Atomium! The scale can be seen in the stairs in the bottom of the photo.
Ginnie Hart: You usually see this from a distance, Wim, and never quite get the scale of it. Next time I will go inside to FEEL the scale! Bedankt.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 8 Jun 2009, 09:28
I bet my boys would love to go there. Great capture and lots of details.
Ginnie Hart: I bet they would, too, Frida. Next time I will go inside!! Thanks.
Very nice capture of this famous place Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Richard. It truly is impressive up close and personal!
A fine shot Ginnie. It must have been a wonderful sight to take in.
Ginnie Hart: It is always an impressive sight, Ron, but I can't believe I've never gone inside. Next time I will! Thanks.
I still have to visit this one... it is on my list
Ginnie Hart: A stone's throw away is Mini-Europe, which is even more a must, Chantal. You'll love it.
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 11:21
lovely find Gin
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, DrAW. smile
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 8 Jun 2009, 11:51
That is a pretty cool structure. I love the rich metallic colour.
Ginnie Hart: It's a delightful place to see, Mary, but I can't believe I haven't yet gone inside (I had been there before). Next time I will! Thanks.
Looks a bit shinier that we visited it Ginnie. When we went (many moons ago) it was really rundown but from talking to some friends the other day I understand that it has since been renovated.
Ginnie Hart: This was my second time to see it, Bernie, but both times were delightful like this. Next time I will plan to go inside!
Great capture Ginnie, love ur crop, ur detail and clarity are lovely.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Fotografa. Thank you.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 8 Jun 2009, 13:20
GREAT Ginnie, you captured it so well, like the symetry and the stunning reflections .. you blog is a MUST see and a wonderfull gift for the community, thanks for sharing
Ginnie Hart: You always know how to make my day, Klaus. Always. Danke.
  • david
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 15:02
been to brussels twice and never seen this...shame really. what a great looking place!
Ginnie Hart: It's way out on the NW edge of the city, David, and a great ride on the metro line, past all the statues underground like I showed here:
http://ginniehart.shutterchance.com/photoblog/We_Are_Fam-i-ly!_/. You'd love it, along with Mini-Europe that is right next door, in walking distance!
WOW... this is amazing and certainly better than anyone could do with the real atom and a standard macro! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I can just imagine what this looks like under the microscope, Victoria! smile
Still as weird looking as ever... Great Ginnie. richard
Ginnie Hart: I guess so, Richard...standing the test of time?! Thanks.
What an amazing composition Ginnie, so different from Astrids but just as interesting.
Ginnie Hart: Different witnesses to the same story, Brian! I love it.
  • kiji
  • France
  • 8 Jun 2009, 16:01
Beautiful reflections and nice framing smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly for stopping by and commenting!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jun 2009, 16:59
Different points of view and both are excellent pictures. It must be great to have a photo hunt partner wink
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely great to have someone on the same page, Louis. Meer dan je ooit zal weten! smile
  • martie
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 17:22
Great shot Ginnie! I visited there in the late 70s and this sure brings back memories.
Ginnie Hart: It's been around for a lifetime, Martie. grin
I'd love to see this in person! Do you know if the structure needs to be polished? It looks brand new! (I wish I looked as good as I did in 1958! smile )
Ginnie Hart: I have no clue about the polishing, Patrushka, but it does sound like they recently cleaned it up, according to Bernie. So, how old were YOU in 1958?? grin
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 18:07
great clarity on this kind of shot, the structure is very nice.
Ginnie Hart: It's definitely one of a kind, Liang! Thanks.
so shiny and pretty!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Heather. We like shiny and pretty, don't we. smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jun 2009, 19:45
Interesting to see the different interpretations. An amazing looking structure - very futuristic for the time.
Ginnie Hart: Just think about how many of those futuristic things back then are NOW! WOW. Makes you wonder what we'll think up next. Thanks, Ingrid.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 20:13
Wonderful capture. I like what you and Astrid are doing. Must be some fun photo hunt.
Ginnie Hart: We have 3 posts in a row this week, Maria, where we are showing the same scene but from different perspectives. We love doing this. smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 8 Jun 2009, 20:14
Amazing Ginnie, you both shot such good images so differently
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tony. We had so much fun. smile
I'll bet yu counted each magnification as well. like the close crop Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: That would have been a LOT of counting, Les. I don't think I can count that high!!! smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 8 Jun 2009, 23:49
I remember seeing this in 1995 and thinking that out of this world,and you have enhanced this thought
Ginnie Hart: The memories we have can be tweaked by the slightest of imagaes, Vintage. I love it when that happens! Thanks.
Great great! Excellent composition smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Robert, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 9 Jun 2009, 13:21
WOW! What a fantastic structure. WOW!
Ginnie Hart: You'd love it, Marcie, totally!
  • Jany
  • France
  • 1 Jul 2012, 10:01
Un endroit que je me suis promis d aller visiter ce mois ci ou au mois d août,je pense que je ne serai pas déçu.Magnifique cette photo..Bon dimanche.
Ginnie Hart: You'll love it if you can go see it, Jany! Merci.

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