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Old Nov 14, 2012, 7:00 PM   #1
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Using reverse ring and 28-300 Sigma Lens I captured this neat balancing act.
No glue was used and no dimes were injured making this image. If I told you the ball is a magnet does that help?
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 9:54 PM   #2
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Wow you have real metal in your coins???? Very cool!
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 10:03 AM   #3
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How did you do that to make it standing up without falling?
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 3:04 PM   #4
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The ball is a magnet.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 5:39 AM   #5
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is the ball a magnet
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 12:26 PM   #6
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Great concept.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 8:58 PM   #7
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I thought that you shot through a horizontal plate glass with a gray surface a number of inches below it so a shadow would be cast. If the coins do contain magnetite then the coins might stack but the ball magnet would have to be either glued or on a surface containing magnetite. In any case, a photo that makes one think a bit. Very nice.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 4:22 PM   #8
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Streets no tricks, glue or soldering. What you see is what there is. The ball is a magnet. The magnetism is strong enough for the coins to attach. No balance act, just magnetism. I believe there was also a coin on the bottom side of the paper base that the ball is sitting on. This explains why the ball doesnt roll around. The white background was just an 8 1/2 x 11" piece of paper which curves up so there is a seamless look. That curve is made clear by the shadow of the ball and coins.

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Clever boy! For a while I thought the whole thing was shot upside down so that the coins would hang yet still stay attached.
Very cool and interesting shot. Well done.
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I like Canadian coins. One of the things I show my students is how to build a heat engine using the Curie effect. Nickel is magnetic, but if it's heated, it loses magnetic properties. So if you suspend it so that it is attracted by a magnet, over a candle flame, it swings away when it's hot, and then is drawn back to the magnet when it's cool. So as long as the candle burns, the engine works.

But U.S. nickels don't have enough nickle to do that. Canadian nickels do, however.
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