Posts Tagged ‘historical’

The Worlds First Hyperlapse, Shot in 1995 on a Bolex 16mm Film Camera

Hyperlapses, or timelapses with the camera traveling great distances, have become all the rage these days, but have you ever wondered how far back the technique goes? The short film above, titled “Pacer,” was captured back in 1995 using a Bolex 16mm film camera. It is being called the world’s oldest hyperlapse.
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Photos of Presidents Throwing the Ceremonial First Pitch Through the Ages

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The first ceremonial first pitch ever thrown was tossed by former Japanese Prime Minister Ōkuma Shigenobu at a baseball game in Koshien, Japan, back in 1908. Two years later, US President William Howard Taft started the tradition in the United States, tossing a pitch (shown above) in Washington DC on the opening day of the Washington Senators’ season. Since then, every US president has thrown at least one ceremonial first pitch, and they have all been documented in photographs.

Here’s a look at some historical photos of US presidents throwing their ceremonial pitches.
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A Colorized Photo of Photographers Traveling with their Gear in 1912 Toronto

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Here’s a colorized 1912 photograph of freelance photographers Bill and Joseph James riding a motorcycle in Toronto. Their father was William James, who’s often referred to as Canada’s first photojournalist. The James family created a huge photographic record of Toronto that spanned decades starting in 1909.

The original B&W photo is from the City of Toronto Archives, which has over 6,000 photos by the family in its collection. The version shown above was colorized by Mark Truelove of Canadian Colour.

How Astrophotography Has Improved Over the Past 135 Years

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Want to see how much our ability to photograph space has improved over the past 135 years or so? Just check out the side-by-side comparison above. On the left is a photo of Jupiter from back in 1879 as it appeared in the book “A History of Astronomy in the 19th Century” by Agnes Clerk. On the right is a photo NASA shot in 2014.

What’s more, amateur astrophotographers can now capture photos of Jupiter and moon transit events from their own backyard using ordinary consumer cameras and smartphones.

(via Universe Today via Reddit)

Grandma Sells Trove of Rare Civil War-Era Photos to the Library of Congress

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A 87-year-old grandmother in Texas has sold a rare and valuable collection of more than 500 Civil War-era photographs to the Library of Congress after building her personal collection for four decades.
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Weegee Shares His Thoughts on News Photography

As New York City prepares to digitize and publish thousands of historical crime scene photos captured by photo unit police officers, here’s a look at the subject from the photojournalist’s point of view.

The 9-minute above is an interview with Weegee, a photographer known for his gritty black-and-white photos of crime scenes and urban life. It’s from the 1958 vinyl record “Famous Photographers Tell How.”
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Historical NYPD Crime Scene Photos to be Digitized and Released to the Public

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The photographer known as Weegee made his mark on photography by hunting for crime scenes and uncomfortable shots in New York City. We may soon be seeing some of the crime scenes he captured from an alternate perspective.

Thousands of historical crime scene photographs shot by the New York Police Department will soon be digitized and released for the public to see.
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These Are Three of the Earliest Photos Ever Made

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Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is a French photography pioneer who is credited with capturing the oldest surviving photograph of a real world scene, a print made back in 1825. In addition to that famous image, titled View from the Window at Le Gras, Niépce also created a number of other photos that are recognized as being some of the earliest photos ever made.
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A Look at How Colorizer Dana Keller Breathes New Life Into Historical Photos

Dana Keller has made a name for himself as a talented photo colorizer, using his Photoshop skills to offer an idea of what historical black-and-white photos might have looked like had the photographer been able to shoot in color. The video above is a 6-minute look at how Keller approaches the task of colorization.
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This Gigantic Collection of 600 Vintage Cameras is for Sale on eBay: It’s Yours for $35K

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Want to start your own camera museum? There’s a new listing on eBay that can put you on the fast track to doing so. It’s for a gigantic collection of roughly 600 vintage cameras from between 1880 and 1980. The description claims the lot could be turned into one of the largest camera museums in the world.
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