8 may. 2009

High Speed Photography (Part 1)

High Speed Photography is the discpline, or science, of taking exposures of extremely fugaceous moments, like a traveling bullet, or an explosion.

The first application of High Speed Photography was in 1878, when English photographer 
Eadweard Muybridge was hired by Leland Stanford, a Californian businessman and owner of several race-horses to prove a higly-controversial question of the time: whether all four horse's left the ground at a certain point during a gallop. Mr. Muybridge used a combination of mechanical and chemical means to take pictures of one thousandth of a second on 12 cameras set 2o inches apart, to cover the whole 20 feet a horse transits in a horse stride. Muybridge proved that all 4 horse's hooves do actually leave the ground when the legs are tucked beneath the horse.

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