February 24, 2006

Floating Paperclip

Camera: Fuji FinePix S602z
Date: 23rd February 2006
Location: My Room
Shutter: 1.5s
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 200
Comments: The light source is a glowing orb with a card grid in front of it, hence the odd colour and stripes. For future reference it's really hard to get a paperclip to a) float and b) be still!
Post-processing: Cropped


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  1. hmmmm water skin

    Van der Waal would be proud!

    24 Feb 2006, 00:13

  2. Mathew Mannion

    Purdy

    24 Feb 2006, 02:49

  3. Definitely your best shot so far – and that's an achievement in itself!

    24 Feb 2006, 09:56

  4. once again: very cool!!

    24 Feb 2006, 10:18

  5. Yeah, agree with Simon, best one yet. Wow.

    24 Feb 2006, 13:42

  6. Mark Jarvis

    Thats is ultimately coool!!

    24 Feb 2006, 14:24

  7. Jonathan Elliott

    Brilliant! How did you get it so still?

    24 Feb 2006, 16:06

  8. After waiting a while for the water currents to stop jiggling the paperclip, I figured it must just be random surface and air motion jiggling the paperclip around… so I went a bit Robinson Crusoe and fashioned an magnetic trap for the paperclip. I wanted to submerge the magnets, but they would have dragged the paperclip under – so I attached them to a metal ruler held over the water:
    This placed the paperclip exactly how I liked, because it wanted to align along the magnetic field to minimise its energy. Any movement away from this local minima would give rise to a force pushing the paperclip back into place.

    24 Feb 2006, 17:50

  9. Ingenious!

    24 Feb 2006, 21:16

  10. Yeah, very impressive!

    24 Feb 2006, 21:49

  11. Mark Jarvis

    Thats dedication! By any chance, was the paper clip used from the floor at the physoc elections? Bit of a long shot..

    24 Feb 2006, 23:39

  12. 10/10 for observation Mark!!

    24 Feb 2006, 23:55

  13. Mark Jarvis

    damn i'm good!

    25 Feb 2006, 14:38

  14. Jonathan Elliott

    Wow! Very clever.

    25 Feb 2006, 16:47

  15. Andrew Morris

    I like! Also by now Nath the money owe u nath should be in your account. Any probs let me know.

    28 Feb 2006, 11:57


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