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.....Atomium.....

 

On one of our picture hunts together, Ginnie and I went to Brussels, we started out going to see the Atomium

The Atomium is a monument built for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by André Waterkeyn, it is 102-metres (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.

Today and the next two days, Ginnie and I show pictures from our point of view.

 

.....Atomium.....

 

On one of our picture hunts together, Ginnie and I went to Brussels, we started out going to see the Atomium

The Atomium is a monument built for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by André Waterkeyn, it is 102-metres (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.

Today and the next two days, Ginnie and I show pictures from our point of view.

 

comments (37)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Jun 2009, 00:06
I'm glad you said what it is Astrid - because I would never have guessed. It certainly is a striking photograph though
Picturit: Thank you, it sometimes is fun to take pictures of things to let other wonder what it is, it is a huge building/structure.
Astrid
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 8 Jun 2009, 00:18
It's ghostly... I like it!
Picturit: Thanks...it was so fun to be with Ginnie and we do cherish these moments, we will have more hunts together in future.
Astrid
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 00:58
It has such a totally different feel from a solarized POV, Astrid! That's what I love about our photo hunts. There's always more than one witness to the same story!
Picturit: So true MLS, we both see the same thing only with different eyes and that makes us a dream team often I feel partners in crime too, we get the best out of eachother on these hunts, we will have many of these 'hunts' in future.
Dank je wel voor jouw gezelschap tijdens deze avonturen.
Astrid
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 8 Jun 2009, 01:47
Its huge, great links as well, thanks for sharing Astrid
Picturit: It was all my pleasure Tony and I think the structure deserves that attention as well.
Astrid
Love the geometric patterns, excellent capture and frame Astrid. Hard to believe this is from 1958, a great surreal image.
Picturit: They did a great job, it is like the Eiffel-Tower build for the same reason. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiffel_Tower
Even now it seems very modern.
Thank you for your kind words.
Astrid.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 05:17
the processing you chose for this image is really unique.. it's quite astonishing really.. smile great work!
Picturit: Thank you for your kind words, I love to twiddle sometimes...and the silver just asked for it smile
Astrid.
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 05:29
The Atomium that I remember was pretty dull when I saw it in 1983, now I know they replaced the aluminum with stainless steel in 2004.

We never had a chance to come close to it and not to mention going inside. I should revisit it again someday...
Picturit: sad I was there too, many years ago and it was a mess, a great disgrace I think that such a famous landmark was not taken care of properly....
I am glad they got their act together, many tourists visit it now again.
Astrid
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Jun 2009, 06:06
Great composition really makes this work for me, Astrid.
Picturit: Thank you, I love this 'technical stuff' and a lot of people know what it looks like and in that case I took the freedom to do 'my' thing with it.
Astrid.
I see that you and Ginnie have produced a load of balls todaytongue

PS this is very good
Picturit: tongue we love showing our balls......erm...erm...well you know what I mean gringrin.
We love doing these hunts together, we have plans for some more in future......
Thank you Bill.
Astrid
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Jun 2009, 06:59
An unsual point of view indeed - an impressive close-up- detail of the Atomium and its beautiful geometrical structure - I like its silvery glittering and the traces of reflections!
Interesting Ti's comment!
I remember the Atomium well, the pictures and reports 1958, it was a sensation then, -and in 1972 my first study- journey with pupils went to Belgia, and this monument was one of the highlights in Brussels! I' m not sure if the today's students were so impressed by it- but they should look at your photo!
Picturit: I know what you mean, I have been here now a few times and I am impressed over and over, todays students 'have seen it all' their loss, they should imagine how they had to build it in those times....no computers to do the calculation, all by hand and brain....
Thank you Philine, we hebben het fantastisch hier.
Astrid.
Fascinating Astrid. I have never seen this close up.
Picturit: Thank you so much, we were at a kind of bridge going over to Mini-Europe and than I looked back at the Atomium and saw this.....
Astrid.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 8 Jun 2009, 07:37
Wat, neen tijd nemen nieuw een naar USA. Zeer ge'lukkig voor u twee.
Picturit: Thank you so much for your kind words and for your being happy for us, that means the world to us, we are having a great time and cherish this vacation we both have.
It is good to be together after 9 months.
Astrid.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jun 2009, 08:36
Good morning Astrid, good dramatic crop and I like the feeling that we are right inside the molecule.
Picturit: Thank you, sometimes a little twiddle does do the trick.
Astrid
Yours is amazing too! I like the three spheres one after the other.
Picturit: Thank you so much for the compliment, we were on a kind of bridge and when I looked back, this came in view.
Astrid.
Excellent capture of this famous place Astrid. I like the tones!
Picturit: Thank you, sometimes a little twiddle does the trick.
Astrid.
Now we know the size of this Astrid..it all makes sence. That is some monument.
Picturit: It is Ron, it is, there is eeven a road underneith it.
Astrid.
pretty kewl!!
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 11:23
such magnificent architecture
Picturit: Every time I see it I am impressed, like the Eiffel Tower.
Astrid.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 8 Jun 2009, 11:53
This is cool too. It is interesting to see the different takes.
Picturit: We had a great day that day and once we were here in Michigan together, Ginnie told me what she had lined up, I have my extended harddrive with me, so I picked some that would 'match' Ginnie's pictures.
Astrid
As I said to Ginnie when we visited this (quite a few years ago) it was really rundown - most of the escalotrs didn't work, the restaurant at the top had closed down etc. However, I was talking about it to some friends last and I believe it has since been renovated.

Nice take on it Astrid.
Picturit: They renovated it in 2004 I think, they did a great job.
Thank you for your kind words.
Astrid
Looks very futurisitic, Astrid; difficult to belive that this was built over 50 years ago!
Picturit: Oh yes, in that regard I think it comes as the same wonder as the Eiffel Tower, that they were able to design/calculate/build structures like that.
Astrid.
Same object but different point of view and PP to what Ginnie posted. love the crop and futuristic effect.
Picturit: This is the most fun, be with a friend, share the same things, however show it the way we see it individualy.
Astrid.
Ah! I saw Ginnie's photo and now yours. Two completely different perspectives, equally as beautiful and creative. I love these silver tones and reflections. Bravo, Astrid!
Picturit: Thank you for your kind words, we had a great time out there and mine did ask for some twiddling.
Astrid.
You and Ginnie have overwhelmed us with brilliance today Astrid, two great angles on one subject that are both imaginative and interesting.
Picturit: Well Brian it was our pleasure to show what we saw that day.
Thank you so much for your kind words.
Astrid.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jun 2009, 16:17
I remember the atomium, but heck is it really that long ago. It is way back when things are a bit hazy for me - also referred to as memory lapses.

It is an exellent picture.
Picturit: Thank you so much Louis, sometimes it is hard to have a memeory of al the things we saw when we were 'young'
Astrid.
You and Ginnie certainly get around! I love your photographic adventures! This is another fine shot...
Picturit: tongue Yes we do get around, now we are together in Michigan..yep we did some picture hunts together.
Thank you for your kind words.
Astrid.
stunning composition Astridsmile
Picturit: Thank you so much, we had a great time out there.
Astrid.
You're gone to visit Brussels without to see the Castle of King ?...
Me, I have not been see atonium ...
Great shot, Astrid. Details superb !
Picturit: sad I know, we were with public transportation and had only one day, Ginnie was there for 3 days.
Maybe in future we might re-visit Brussels again, I love the city, do you know I am named after Queen Astrid, who died in the car accident, years ago??
Astrid
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jun 2009, 19:47
I like looking at the different interpretations - I very much like your composition with the three spheres lined up behind eachother.
Ingrid
Picturit: Thank you Ingrid, it is so much fun to do these hunts and show our personal points of view, like the next post we have. wink
Astrid.
Nice abstract image! Good job! I like the tones and compo!
Picturit: Your words do mean a lot to me, thanks for visiting my blog.
Astrid
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 20:11
How up close this is. It's one of the most recognizable Brussels structure.
Picturit: Yes it is, and I loved to make this into something special, the twiddling did do the trick.
Astrid.
  • Travis
  • United States
  • 8 Jun 2009, 21:26
I think you win the first round against Ginnie on this one. Very interesting to see different interpretations of the same subject on the same day by different photographers.
Picturit: It is no competition between the two of us, but thank you for your kind words.
We love these hunts together.
Astrid.
Interesting composition Astrid, like the way you have lined them up, nice one.
Picturit: Thank you so much, it was just by accident that I saw this.
Astrid.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 8 Jun 2009, 23:52
Very inpressive photo I saw it in 1995 sitting in a bus and they just drove passed,no photo like this for me.Thanks for the memory.
Picturit: You are so welcome, sometimes we only have the memory, I am glad I could be part of that.
It is a very intersting structure.
Astrid.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 9 Jun 2009, 09:04
I really love your processing here.
Picturit: It needed some extra (I think wink
Astrid
This is outstanding Astrid, this really works for me, Likeyed!
Picturit: I am so pleased that you like tis and made it a likey, thank you so much.
Astrid
  • zohre
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 10 Jun 2009, 17:37
Great composition!

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