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Foucault's Inspiration

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Challenge: Your Corner of the World II (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Kirkland, Washington, USA
Date: Sep 26, 2005
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Abstract, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Sep 28, 2005

Photographer’s Notes
This is a corner, literally, of my world. But the title may need some explaining ...

Each time I see this it makes me smile. Probably less than 4% of the DPC crowd will understand the title. But I love the photo/title combination.

Jean Bernard Leon Foucault was born in 1819. He was skilled at making mechanical toys, studied medicine, but finally shifted to physical sciences at the Paris Observatory. He became one of the most versatile experimentalists of all time. He’s known for proving experimentally that the earth rotates around its axis by using a pendulum. Foucault's pendulum to be precise. This was in Paris in 1851. He also invented the gyroscope (1852) without which we would not have inertial guidance systems and other cool toys.
In 1988 Umberto Eco wrote a novel titled Foucault’s Pendulum which Publishers Weekly describes as a “complex psychological thriller.”
This photo is in homage to Jean Bernard Leon Foucault.

Post Processing
Auto Color
Auto Contrast
Reduce Noise (Neat Image)
Rotate (To Straighten Pendulum)
Sharpen (Lab Color Method)
Selective Color
Save for Web

Camera Data
Nikon D70
2005/09/26 16:15:47
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 32mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/90 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 800
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Image Comment:
Noise Reduction: OFF

Place: 288 out of 299
Avg (all users): 4.4773
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4771
Avg (non-participants): 4.4776
Views since voting: 723
Views during voting: 240
Votes: 176
Comments: 2
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10/12/2005 01:12:24 AM
Ouch. I know how you feel. Two of my last four entries were rated in the fours. I like the story behind the photo anyway.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/04/2005 04:31:02 PM
Love the light in this one...very nice.
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