Spectroscopy Lab

Approaching the summer solstice, the start of fall-semester classes and their attendant labs seems far away, but a new class of St. Lawrence first-year students will be here before I know it.

Spectroscopy Lab I

This was one of the light sources students were interrogating: a sodium lamp, like the ones used in street lights (at least in the twentieth century—LED street lamps are becoming increasingly dominant now.)

Spectroscopy Lab II


Vacuum Parts

When you’re working with an ultra-high vacuum chamber, there’s no “popping down to the hardware store for a spare part.” Over the years, spares and replacements and antiquated equivalents and almost-still-good parts tend to accumulate in the cabinets of a physics lab. Cabinets start to look like set dressing in a sci-fi movie.

Vacuum Parts

Effusion Cell II

This is another photograph from a lab in the Charles Harris Group at UC Berkeley. I previously photographed this effusion cell apparatus from an orthogonal orientation, but I also found this shot at its long axis intriguing. The sense of complexity and purpose, but also the sense of aesthetic minimalism, always attracts me to physics apparatuses.

Effusion Cell II

Mummifying Campbell Hall

Welcome to Decaseconds, a photography blog where Brendan and I display our latest photographs. Though we’ll be posting all kinds of images here, we have a mutual interest in long-exposure and HDR (high dynamic range) landscape photography. That will be our focus.

UC Berkeley’s Campbell Hall is currently undergoing demolition that has resulted in the mummification of the building; the glow from within made a fantastic counterpoint to the light reflected from the overcast sky.

Campbell Hall Construction