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Take A Look At One Of The First Underwater Portraits Ever Taken (2 pics)

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Louis Boutan captured one of the first ever underwater portraits ever and it was taken sometime between 1893 and 1899 in Banyuls-sur-Mer in the South of France. Louis was considered to be a photography pioneer and he proved it once and for all with this photo of a Romanian diver.

1 Take A Look At One Of The First Underwater Portraits Ever Taken (2 pics)

With his brother’s help, Louis invented his underwater camera in 1893. At the time it was considered to be advanced because the photographer/diver could adjust its diaphragm, plates, and shutter whilst underwater. However, the biggest challenge for Louis was lighting. With the flash photography rigs that were available it took Boutan about 30 minutes to correctly light his plates underwater.


2 Take A Look At One Of The First Underwater Portraits Ever Taken (2 pics)

His invention involved a burning alcohol lamp on an oxygen-filled barrel. It used a rubber bulb to blow magnesium powder into the lamp, creating a flash. Even though this creation produced much better lighting than its peers, it was still very big. Boutan continued his work and made more and more compact portable flashes, smaller camera boxes and improved lenses. Louis Boutan was one of the few – if not the only – true underwater photographer of his time and pushed photography to new heights.


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№1 Author: kryptor (7 Sep 2016 07:19) Total user comments: 4828


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pretty cool stuff
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