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Betka Burger


Wil Brugman

1 Fusion reactor, 1 bike and 2 x 10 MJ Kinetic Energy

Grubbenvorst, The Netherlands

17.00 local/21 of september 2005

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© 2005 Wil Brugman, All Rights Reserved.


It is hard to believe, but this panorama shows a lot of energy. Starting with a view on the largest working (hot) fusion reactor -the sun with a power output of 3.6 x 10^26 Watts-, lighting the whole scenery here and shining beautiful rays between the leaves and twigs.

Quite a contrast is my bike on the right, that has an energy of 0 at this moment because it doesn't move, but when I'm riding it at an average speed of 12km/hr, the mass and speed develop a kinetic energy of 550 Joules.The formula to calculate that is : E=½.m.v ² (mass in kg; v[speed] in m/sec). Perhaps you would like to check it or calculate my (and the bike's) weight, but anyway, it is only a fraction compared to the sun.

Really large (on human scale! ) is the kinetic energy that is developed by the main topic of this pano: two trains heading towards one another. Wow! they are on the same track! But don't worry, they passed without ever meeting each other. The kinetic energy is approximate 10 MegaJoules each. (speed ~ 100km/hr; mass ~25 tons)

Looking downwards you see a pile of shredded branches and twigs -hardly noticeable as energy- but it is energy in stock for the vegetation that will grow here one day. However a very unstable platform, I almost stumbled over them during shooting!

Additional Caption: To catch two trains ▼



Europe / Netherlands

Lat: 51° 25' 13" N
Long: 6° 06' 20" E

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Camera: Pentax ist Ds with SMC A 2.8/28mm and nikon fc-e9; 6 images around, 2 nadirs and 1 zenith. Self collected Equipment.

To catch two trains

The most difficult part was finding the exact moment to push the shutter release (in serial mode). I wanted these trains to appear close together but still have some distance between them and even more importantly, near the middle of the shot.
Well, many times I failed ;either one train was to far away or the other out of the image. The speed of about 100 km/hr is indeed very fast!
Then I focused my attention on the sound of the train in the distance, ..........concentrated to the maximum-- and.......~ ? . / * = + } \ ??


I had one!, exactly as I wanted, and again one, --and another, -- and another. Two hours I was out, in the --no train time-- perceiving the silence, birds sound and sunshine.

I went home with much more energy than I came with.
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