Day 234~366


A kaleidoscope is an optical instrument in which bits of glass, held loosely at the end of a rotating tube, are shown in continually changing symmetrical forms by reflection in two or more mirrors set at angles to each other. A kaleidoscope operates on the principle of multiple reflection, where several mirrors are placed at an angle to one another. Typically there are three rectangular mirrors set at 60° to each other so that they form an equilateral triangle, but other angles and configurations are possible. The 60° angle generates an infinite regular grid of duplicate images of the original, with each image having six possible angles and being a mirror image or an unreversed image.

As the tube is rotated, the tumbling of the coloured objects presents varying colours and patterns. Arbitrary patterns show up as a beautiful symmetrical pattern created by the reflections.

Not easy to photograph through the tiny triangle, and these don’t really do justice to what the eye can see.

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Categories: 366, colours, Fuji, fujiXT1, macro, photography, still life, uncategorisedTags: , , , , , , , ,

12 comments

  1. When I was a child, I had a cardboard tube kaleidoscope, bought from Woolworths. I loved that thing, and looked at the changing patterns for hours.
    Very nice post, FR. Good memories too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. So much fantasy in a simple device. ^_^

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  3. Wonderful….like stained glass windows, don’t think ‘Ive looked in a kaleidoscope since i was a child…thanks for the memory 🙂

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