Reflecting Beckman Institute, Caltech

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    The reflecting pool is actually a fountain that didn't happen to be on. As with many of the fountains at Caltech, this one has a theme: the many arching jets connect to patterns set in the tile to form a double helix.

    Taken with a Sony DSC-P7 resting directly on the concrete lip of the pool. I let the camera do its night-shot mode where it took a second exposure with the shutter closed to subtract off the hot pixels. This is otherwise straight off the camera without any further post processing.

    DSC-P7, 2 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100

    Nodster, mikexstudios, .snow, and 16 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. .snow 114 months ago | reply

      oh maybe you can give a photo tour first in Flickr ;)

    2. EssjayNZ 111 months ago | reply

      Thank you for submitting this photo to the 100 Points group and for rating 7 photos from the back of the pool.

    3. Lucy in London 111 months ago | reply

      Well taken image. Great reflection. Shame there is a slight blue tint to the lighting.

      Rating #2:

      Rated 8 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

    4. 111 months ago | reply

      I do nt mind the symmetry (do not see whats wrong with it to be honest) and the reflections are gorgeous - the blue tint is built in and I know from experience hpw hard they can be to remove.

      Rating #3:

      Rated 8 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

    5. Mirco Pini 111 months ago | reply

      great reflection!

      Rating #4:

      Rated 8 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

    6. RUKnight 111 months ago | reply

      Beautiful reflection, great color. I would have liked to have seen you pull back a little more so as to not chop off the top of the building. If you were more interested in the arches near the water, then pull in closer to that. The symmetry doesn't bother me, it could be framed a little better. Still, a very cool picture.

      Rating #5:

      Rated 7 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

    7. lysander07 111 months ago | reply

      I agree with RUKnight about the framing...nice reflections

      Rating 6:

      Rated 7 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

    8. Lucy Boynton 111 months ago | reply

      Great reflections. Seems a bit wonky though.
      Rating #7:

      Rated 7 out of 10 in the 100 Points group

    9. Polstar* [deleted] 111 months ago | reply

      I love the idea and the framing is good - for some reason there is something I don't completely love about this photo - and I can't put my finger on it. Purely for photographic merit, colour, reflection, sharpness - it's a good picture.
      Rating #8:

      Rated 7 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

    10. Dope on the Slope 111 months ago | reply

      I understand RUKnight's comment about the framing, but I think an equal argument could be made that you could concentrate on just the arches. You might try a crop to see what effect this would have. Of course, this would change the subject of the picture from the building to purely the shapes and symmetry highlighted by the reflection.

      I don't think this image is too dark, but it could be sharper. Then again, you might be dealing with camera limitations on that.

      Good pic.

      Rating #9:

      Rated 7 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

    11. iancmcc 111 months ago | reply

      A little dark, but it's a great reflection.

      Rating #10:

      Rated 8 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

    12. Agata...(exumbra) 111 months ago | reply

      Final rating in the 100 Points group is 74 Points. Well done! Please publish this photograph in the 70-79 Points group and thank you very much for participating in the 100 Points Group.

    13. RBerteig 111 months ago | reply

      Thanks all for the kind comments.

      This was a photograph of opportunity, not planning as we were on the campus for an event, and the little camera just happened to be in a pocket. We had time to kill before the doors opened and the fountain was just sitting there...

      The camera was placed on the concrete lip of the pond, and the self-timer was used to avoid as much camera shake as possible. It is only a 3MP camera and only provides auto-focus, so it is quite possible that sharpness defects are the fault of a combination of the glass, the resolution, the in-camera JPEG, and the auto-focus having to pick something.

      The colors are an artifact of the mix of lighting technologies in use. I certainly didn't let the flash fire (and it wouldn't have had the energy to make a difference anyway). The effect, for me at least, is to recreate the mood of being at that fountain at night.

      As for the framing, I remember consciously aiming to include the symmetric four lights. I probably didn't include the top of the building because it can't be seen in the pool, and it may not have had very much contrast against the sky in any case. I'm confident from the EXIF data that the zoom lens was set to its widest angle, so absent a tripod or more pond getting more of the building would have been difficult.

    14. Jenni Reynolds-Kebler 109 months ago | reply

      Thank you for posting your photo here. Welcome to the group.

      What a wonderful reflection. I love it.

      member of Jenni Jones Contacts

    15. RBerteig 108 months ago | reply

      I just found this shot taken of nearly the same view, but in daylight with the fountain running...

      -- from rick_muller - (?)

    16. WorldFlickr 92 months ago | reply

      Hi, I am an admin for a group called Landmarks around the world, and I discovered this great shot in California Institute of Technology, United States. We love to have your photo added to the group.

    17. backfirecptn 80 months ago | reply

      You are invited to post this photo and join the
      Reflection 2
      Reflections (Post 1, Comment/Award 3) group!

    18. -skoog- 79 months ago | reply

      Good single shot!
      My take on the exact same scene, in daylight:
      Beckman Institute

      ...and at night:
      Beckman Institute

    19. Helmaron 63 months ago | reply


      I hope you don't mind that I have added your photograph to my "Reflections" Gallery. It's perfect.

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