Friday, November 8, 2013

Day 312 — Crystal Ball

This is the sculpture that was used to create the shadow shot yesterday. Bruce Beasley (sculptor) worked in cast acrylic for ten years. In 1974, members of the undersea research community approached Beasley to see if he could adapt his technique to cast transparent bathyspheres for undersea exploration. He succeeded in creating the bathyspheres for Johnson Sea Link submersibles for Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. It was these submersibles that were deployed to locate the crew compartment on the bottom of the ocean after the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated upon liftoff in 1986. — That tidbit courtesy of Wikipedia.

Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 50mm, 1.4) 1/800, f6.3, ISO 100