Did Isaac Newton have the Ring of Power (as in Lord of the Rings)? Did he have a miniature version of Saturn’s rings? Actually, Newton’s Rings refer to physics, and this can apply to Chicago art exhibits.
Newton’s Rings are physical, light phenomena. Photography can be art. Ergo, photographic artists can use Newton’s Rings because they occur when photographers point camera lenses at bright light sources.
Here are some common, bright light sources: Sol (our sun), sunlight reflecting off highly-polished surfaces like automobile bumpers lit, Christmas tree lights, flares (fireworks), lit candles in a dark room and brightly-lit glass surfaces. Getting Newton’s Rings from some of these can be hazardous to your eyes. (All photographic artists must have eyes.)
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Human, animal and most plant life on Earth would be impossible without our sun. Photography would probably not exist as an art form without our Sun. When the sun is well above the horizon on cloudless days, you should not stare directly at it for more than one or two seconds. However, you can get Newton’s Rings from a solar composition using a wide angle lens and pointing your camera in the Sun’s general direction. Use your camera’s self-timer. Remember that camera lenses magnify light, and the Sun’s light is the strongest light in the neighborhood of the galaxy. BTW, forget about creating Newton Ring compositions from solar eclipses unless you thoroughly study and follow precautions related to filters.
Sunlight reflections from highly-polished vehicles (usually the chrome on these vehicles) can actually hurt your eyes even if you stare at them for more than a second. Therefore, you do not want to magnify such pain to create a Newton Ring composition by photographing them with your eyes at the viewfinder. (Isaac Newton never observed such reflections from automobiles.)
Brightly-Lit Glass Surfaces
Such glass surfaces are usually not bright enough to harm human eyes. (However, untinted windows in some Chicago skyscrapers may create painful glares during clear, summer days when sunlight is strongest.) Photographic artists can create unusual, Newton Ring compositions using various, drinking glass designs.
In the quest for Newton’s Rings, using candles, Christmas tree lights and flares will usually not create hazards. (Lit flares should probably be at least 30 feet away.)
Of course, Newton Ring compositions must contain Chicago elements. On a clear, summer day, reflections off Lake Michigan would look good. On a cloudy, winter day, a flash exposure close to an ice block in Lake Michigan may create a Newton Ring.