Interesting Facts About Moon Photography

Interesting article by Randy Miller from the Old Farmer's Almanac:

One-hundred-fifty years ago, on the night of September 1, 1849, the nearly full Moon appeared over the town of Canandaigua, New York. At 10:30 P.M., Samuel D. Humphrey slid a highly polished, silver-plated copper sheet measuring 2–3/4x1–3/4 inches into his camera, which was pointed at the Moon.

Humphrey then exposed the light-sensitive plate to the shining Moon nine times, varying the length of exposure from 0.5 seconds to 2 minutes. After developing the plate with mercury vapor, he sent his daguerreotype to Harvard College.

Louis Daguerre, the Frenchman who explained the secret of the world's first photographic technique in 1839, had daguerreotyped a faint image of the Moon, but the plate was soon lost in a fire. John W. Draper of New York City is credited with making the first clear daguerreotype of the Moon in March 1840, but this also was destroyed in a fire.

By 1851, the Harvard College Observatory was producing detailed, world-renowned daguerreotypes of the Moon, doubtless inspired by Humphrey, whose 1849 daguerreotype is now considered by many to be the earliest extant photograph of the Moon.

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Photo credits: Maigi, Nikolai Sorokin, Pjmorley, Titania1980.

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Noonie

Glad I could share with you all!

Linqong

Thanks a lot for sharing Susan!

Debramillet

never knew that and i live 40minutes from canandaigua, really interesting. :)

Ponytail1414

Interesitng.

BCritchley

very interesting

Noonie

Hi, Harold, good to hear from you! It truly is frustrating......but your area is so unique. Keep it up!

Secmaster

Nice and very interesting article. I'm still experimenting with dusk and night photography and have not yet found my niche so I will continue to plod ahead in a very frustrating area of photography at least for me.

Noonie

Thanks, Dragos and Gabriel!

Justmeyo

Great article and nice photos :)

smartview27

beautiful photos!

Noonie

Thanks, Sarah!

Noonie

Yeah, Carol, my cats like to be walked at night and I love it with a pretty moon!

Wildmac

Great blog Susan! I love moonlit images and quite often sit out at night gazing at the full moon. Auuuu :)))

Noonie

LOL!! I have many names! And I do seem to be talking about moons of various kinds lately....

Maigi

Thanks for the very interesting blog! I had no idea. The moon is a tricky object. Some days ago I was told that we can see the smallest Moon right now, cause it is on its orbit most far from the Earth. And at the same night when I started to walk home I was stunned to see the huge Moon hanging over my home street. Yes, I have seen bigger Moon too, but it was a beautiful large full Moon. Usually it's like a small bright dot in the sky. So, for me it's the mystery why we can see it in so many different shapes and how to predict those huge Moon nights.
LOOL Desi, about Moonie! ;))))) Thanks Susan!!!!! :)

Littledesire

Very interesting, Moonie! :)

Claudiofichera

Good article!!!

Noonie

Thanks guys, I found it a quick,interesting read.

Mani33

Nice! Thanks for sharing Susan!

Joe1971

Good story!!!

Egomezta

Nice info, thanks for sharing a little of history with us...

Noonie

You're very welcome, Ingrid!

Titania1980

Interesting article, and thanks for using my photo!!!

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