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glowing rods

Not really, maybe it got your attention.  This is a heatsink.  I’ve photographed them before, here and here. Most modern electronics devices use them; heat is the enemy of electronics.

In modern electronics, heatsinks are made of aluminum, primarily because of cost. Copper is a much more efficient heat exchanger, but it is more expensive and much more difficult to machine to exact tolerances.

I saw a piece of ‘old’ electronic equipment in the scrap bin that had copper heatsinks, so I removed them because I though they looked cool.  I hope you agree.

The photographic setup was very simple (just my speed).  I covered a spare tripod head with a black cloth and set the heatsink on the cloth.  The tripod was placed next to a window, with bright sun shining in.  I played with the tripod to get the angle of the heatsink just so.  In the shot below, I used a cheap LED flashlight to light up the part of the heatsink that faced the camera.  The sunlight was coming from the left.

Here’s one angle.



To give you a better perspective, here’s one from a little farther away. I like how the one rod is twinkling.



A few more from NYC

My wife and I took a trip to the One World Observatory during our visit to NYC.  The observatory was pretty cool, offering some spectacular views of the city.

Empire State Building


East River, Brooklyn Bridge at the bottom, Manhattan Bridge in the center, Williamsburg bridge on the left


Back on the ground, Zuccotti park, a cool oasis in the city.

Wall Street

Here’s a look down Wall Street with Trinity Church in the background. The building named after our president is on the right.

Wall Street


Here’s a better shot.


Trump Building

Engine 10, Ladder 10

While walking around NYC, we passed this firehouse, located across the street from the World Trade Center.  You can read about their losses as a result of the twin towers collapsed.  I think their doors are awesome.


Ladder 10, Engine 10

last column

This was the last column, housed in the 9/11 museum, which was removed from the south tower 9 months after the attack. The story behind the markings is here.

last column