First underwater photo [Half & half]
Last updated: May 15, 2018 at 14:28 pm
1856 — William Thompson (UK) took the world’s first underwater photo and the first half & half image¹ (split shot, over-under) in the Bay of Weymouth. The camera inside a housing made of wood and iron was mounted on a tripod that was lowered to a depth of 5.5 m (18 ft) by means of a rope.
¹ Part of the image is underwater and the other is in air.
THOMPSON, William. May 9, 1856. On Taking Photographic Images Under Water. Journal of the Society of Arts. pp. 425-426.
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