Monday, January 21, 2008

10 Photography Firsts

Okay, this was pretty cool so I'm just gonna go right ahead and steal it (with accreditation of course). Ranging from the world's oldest surviving photograph to the first photo from space, they're a nice collection (if you swing that way, that is):

1826: The World's Oldest Surviving Photograph

Joseph Niepce, a French inventor and pioneer in photography, is generally credited with having taken the first photograph (requiring an eight-hour exposure time). Niepce’s photograph, View from the Window at Le Gras, in recent years has been on display at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. (source)

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1838 — The World’s First Photograph of a Person


Louis Daguerre took the first photograph of another person in 1838. The photograph, called Boulevard du Temple, shows a busy street that appears to be largely abandoned (the exposure was 10 minutes long and consequently the traffic is not visible) with the exception of a man in the bottom left corner.

1858–World’s First Photomontage


In 1858, Henry Peach Robinson [wiki] made the world’s first photomontage by combining multiple negatives to form a single image.

Robinson’s first and most famous composite photo, called “Fading Away”, was a composition of five negatives. It depicted a girl dying of consumption (or tuberculosis), and quite controversial as some objected to the morbid subject of the photo.

1861 — The World’s First Color Photograph


James Clerk Maxwell, a Scottish mathematician and theoretical physicist, took the first color photograph in 1861. The photographic plates used in the process are now located in a house where Maxwell was born (which has since then been converted into a museum) at 14 India Street, Edinburgh.


1875 — The First Self-Portrait Photograph


Celebrated American photographer Mathew B. Brady was one of the first people to ever take a self-portrait photograph (shown below). Self-portrait paintings, of course, have existed for hundreds of years.

1946 — The World’s First Photo from Space


Not long after the end of the Second World War, on October 24, 1946, a 35-millimeter motion picture camera riding on a V-2 missile captured the first photographs from space at an altitude of 65 miles from Earth.


1856 — The World’s First Underwater Photograph


William Thompson took the first underwater photographs using a camera mounted on a pole, which he accessed from above the water. The pictures were of seaweed and of obviously poor quality. The exposure time was approximately 10 minutes and, as expected, the camera flooded but the photograph was salvaged.


Note: Original image unavailable

1903 — The World’s First Aerial Photograph


As you can see, the first aerial photographers weren’t human at all — they were birds! In 1903, Julius Neubronner combined a camera with a timer and attached it to a pigeon’s neck to take aerial photographs. The trick was noted by the German army and consequently used for wartime reconnaissance.

1923 — The World’s First Underwater Color Photograph


The first underwater color photograph (a photo of a hogfish) was taken in the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. William Longley Charles Martin in 1926.


1972 — The World’s First Photograph to Show a Fully Lit Earth


The first photo to show a fully lit Earth is better known as The Blue Marble and was taken December 7, 1972 by the crew of Apollo 17. Because the sun was behind the Earth at the time the photograph was taken, the Earth appears to be fully lit.


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TECH: Macbook Air vs. The World

You know you hate Apple. I know that, my girlfriend knows it, and all my friends bar one (lets name him...Sam) know it too. The only thing is, they make computers so damned sexy it brings out the inner-narcissist in all of us. Well, my big huge, hairy 6ft one anyway.

Anyway, for those of you who are salivating at the thought of selling your six month old Macbook in order to buy the new Air, you may appreciate the following comparison of the Macbook Air with some of its immediate competitors: (click on the images to view the full sized ones)

Yep, the specs suck, but you know you'll be all over it when someone brings one round...


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Sunday, January 20, 2008

VIDEO: Life As A Portal Turret

One for the Portal fans...

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