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Major geek alert. If you find your eyes glazing over as you read this, you are perfectly normal. My contribution to Weekend Reflections #262, The Weekend in Black and White 3-october-14, and I heart Macro #73.
BGA is an acronym for Ball Grid Array, a means of electrically attaching an integrated circuit to a circuit board. Basically, every electronic device you own employs this technology during the manufacturing process. The little balls are solder. The integrated circuit is attached to the circuit board, heat is applied, the solder melts and forms an electrical bond with the circuit board, allowing the electrons to do their thing. Way cool.
I decided to marry technology with artsy-fartsy. I shot this with a 100mm macro lens with 65mm of extension tubes. The aperture was f2.8, but the extension tubes brought the aperture closer to ~f5.6. Monochrome conversion and processing in Silver EFEX Pro
Need a better perspective? Here’s the IC shown next to a US dime (taken with my cell phone).
Need a closer perspective, this shows all the little solder balls (64 to be exact).
That concludes this week’s geek lesson.