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Old Oct 26, 2011, 9:21 AM   #1
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I've been reading a fascinating book, "Believing is Seeing" ( http://www.amazon.com/Believing-Seei...9635020&sr=1-1 ). This is a study of photography and truth. Specifically, the author is a documentary cinematographer who got interested in ways that photos mislead us and ways that they contain truth that we tend to overlook. It is not a book about artistry as much as about the documentary aspects of photographs, and is structured around examinations of a few famous photographs that became objects of controversy. Highly recommended.
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Old Oct 26, 2011, 9:50 AM   #2
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I remember, at an early age (3-4), my father would take me to the Hayden Planetarium, part of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

During one of those trips, I remember the narrator describing the difficulty of photographing a Full Moon. If you took the photo even just slightly before the Moon was in opposition with the Sun, then one edge of the Moon's disk would be sharp, but the other would be poorly illuminated. If you took the photo just slightly after opposition, the situation was reversed. And, of course, taking the photo at the exact moment of opposition was difficult because it wouldn't necessarily happen when your camera had a good view of it.

He explained that the photos the planetarium sold had sharp edges on both sides of the Moon, because they would use two photos, one taken just before opposition, and one taken just after, and put them together to form a single image of the Moon, that had sharp edges on both sides.

So I learned at an early age, that photographs could be lies.
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.
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Old Oct 26, 2011, 3:49 PM   #3
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G'day both of you ^

as each of you point out ..... "fascinating"
Thank you

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