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1900s Central Market

1900s Central Market
Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Sunday, January 1, 1905


Greetings.  How was it possible for cameras in those days to capture such details, for example the ricksaw runner, if they needed long exposure?  Thanks, and Regards, Peter

Good question! There's a lot of blurring on this photo that we've dated to the 1920s:

Tram, by Admin

One guess is that it depended on the time of day that they took the photo. From shadows in the photo at the top of the page it looks to be close to mid-day when the sun is brightest, so they could take the shortest possible exposure.

Regards, David

High speed film arrived in about 1878.
Eadweard Muybridge was taking pictures at around 1/2000 of a second for his studies of "animal locomotion". He was the first person to prove that a trotting horse had all 4 hooves off the ground at the same time.
The first Kodak camera arrived in 1888, so people could take snapshots.

Thank you all.  It is never too old to learn.  Regards, Peter