Now that’s a big nickel!

Have you ever seen those awesome photographs were someone stands in the foreground with their hands up, and it appears as if they are holding something up in the air that is actually way off in the background?  I have seen some photos where people have done just that when there is a full moon, and they are amazing!  I, myself, have never had quite such an opportunity, but when we visited Dynamic Earth in Sudbury, Ontario, I tried my own version with my strongman son, Daniel, and the big nickel that stands outside the mine.  This is certainly not a perfect example of this feat of photography, but I think it turned out ok for my first try.

Big Nickel

The Big Nickel is a nine-metre (30 ft) replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel, located at the grounds of Dynamic Earth, an earth sciences centre run by Science North.  As Sudbury was once a world leader in nickel mining, the Big Nickel was built on top of a hill overlooking the INCO mining and smelting complex .  It was built in the 1960’s as part of a tourist attraction which included an underground mine model.  In the glass-enclosed elevator, you are lowered into a network of tunnels 7 storeys down and journey through the history of mining from the late 1800s through the 1950s to the latest in tele-mining technologies. Tour guides take you through the mine describing the equipment used in the different eras of mining.  It was very cool!!

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12 Responses to Now that’s a big nickel!

  1. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful shot!

  2. Love this! I have one of my boys during a boyscout hike where they appear to be holding up a gigantic boulder. Always fun–those photos.

  3. munchow says:

    It’s a great shot. And the illusion is really fun. Your son is indeed a strongman. I have seen similar ideas done with the Leaning Tower of Pisa where people are trying to push the tower back upright again. I like you photograph because is a new situation.

    • Yes, it’s like I was saying – there are certain shots like this (the moon for instance) that have been done over and over, but I was pretty sure I had never seen anyone “holding up” a gigantic nickel. I’m really glad you enjoyed it and thanks for commenting. 🙂

  4. tadams4u says:

    He is strong! Lol

    • Since you love humour so much, you will love the fact that your comment is very, very true. I used to be able to play fight with Daniel and pin him down on the bed or floor to tickle him, but now he is 6 feet tall and can beat the crap out of me (all in good fun of course). It’s just not as fun for me anymore. 😦 LOL

      • tadams4u says:

        I remember when my nephew got older and bigger and then his “hits” during the play fights started to hurt.. LOL took him awhile to realize it was no longer fun.

      • Yes, they don’t realize how strong they are and how much pain they can inflict. LOL. Mine have figured out my weak spot too – they pinch the back of my arm! For some reason that is a really, really sensitive spot for women (not so much for men for some reason). They are little buggers, my guys, but I still love them. 🙂

  5. Dor says:

    This post is very cool too! The illusion is there and it’s a keeper. 🙂

    • Thanks Dor!! I would love to try more shots like this. The only problem is that you need a willing subject who will try over and over again so you can get it just right, but boys generally don’t have the patience. I was very lucky to get this one! LOL

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