Hey, look! A picture of the full moon!
What’s special about this? Well, *I* took it, so there’s that. But I also took it with an iPhone.
So those of you who have tried taking a picture of a bright moon know that you usually get a giant blob like this.
The iPhone can actually adjust the exposure quite well, but for some reason it can never lock onto the moon.
So here’s the trick: point at a lightbulb and tap/hold to lock the exposure. (UPDATE: some apps like CameraSharp and VSCOcam let you set the exposure and focus separately.)
Then go point at the moon:
Zooming in, you’ll get a crisp but smudgy picture.
Reminiscent of Percival Lowell, though no canals:
To make it more crispy, I applied the witchcraft of the Photojojo telephoto lens, et voila:
Some sources say Daguerre himself made an image in 1839, but it was destroyed in a fire than consumed his lab that same year. John W. Draper made this daguerrotype in 1840 from NYC.
While Draper did indeed make a daguerrerotype of the moon in 1840, it seems that it too was lost in a fire. If so, I’m not entirely sure when or by whom the above photo was taken.
Let us all thank Samuel D. Humphrey for standing outside at 10:30PM on September 1, 1849 and screwing around with exposures from half a second to two minutes to make this gem:
Of course, I look at this and think GIF1849a:
So here’s to you, Samuel — let us all drink an IPA in your honor.