Night Photography at Fermilab

March 9, 2013

If you have come to this page expecting images of subatomic particles speeding around the four-mile racetrack and exploding into other subatomic particles, you are on the wrong page. This page contains my images of Fermilab from an excursion with the photo club. The club’s intention was to photograph the sunset and try our hands at star photography. We arrived before sunset. The weather did not cooperate. With low lying clouds and the threat of rain we settled for images of buildings and other artifacts, all taken well after sunset.

Fermilab Windblown flags - 1 second exposure

The Robert Rathbun Wilson Hall, a.k.a the "high rise"

Fermilab 19 second exposure
Fermilab The first six stories of the high rise have an interior atrium.
Fermilab Wood ceiling.

Möbius Strip

A Möbius strip is a surface that has only one side and one edge. This is a sculpture of a Möbius strip.

Fermilab Notice how the low lying clouds reflected light from near-by communities. While it looked quite dark to me, the camera saw the reflected light.
Fermilab Möbius Strip with the high rise in the background

Feynman Computing Center

Fermilab 21 second exposure

Electric Substation

You would think that moving a subatomic particle would take only a small amount of power. Subatomic particles, even protons, are small. Moving small things, just a little, does not take much of a push. However, to get those little guys to travel at the speeds needed to make something interesting happen takes a pretty substantial push. Hence, the fancy substation.

Fermilab Substation with photographers. Notice the pi shaped power pole on the far right.