Sunday, June 5, 2011

The first underwater color photo

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National Geographic has a slideshow that shows off major milestones in underwater photography. This image is the first color photo ever taken underwater.


Underwater color photography was born with this shot of a hogfish, photographed off the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. William Longley and National Geographic staff photographer Charles Martin in 1926. Equipped with cameras encased in waterproof housing and pounds of highly explosive magnesium flash powder for underwater illumination, the pair pioneered underwater photography.



16 comments:

  1. Very tasty colors mmmm

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  2. fish looks exotic

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  3. a milestone indeed.

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  4. there are some amazing photos in that collection :D

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  5. That Hogfish doesn't even realize he's making history. He'd probably be a pretentious asshole if he knew. He'd go swimming around all of his buddies like "oh, you ate some fish today, huh? That's cool, I'm in the first fucking color underwater photo ever"...

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  6. pretty cool, burning magnesium under water for a flash? thank fuck it isn't that complicated anymore

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  7. That must have take such planning and effort to take that picture in 1924. Amazing to say the least.

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  8. thats very interesting!

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  9. Oh sweet. This is really the first underwater photo? 1926 wow!

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  10. that's pretty moving. that fish doesn't realize it's making history :p

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  11. Underwater life is always so cool to look at

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  12. Interesting how technology advances.

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  13. That sounds like a pretty complicated way of taking pictures :P

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