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Re: Flash photography (was Re: coins)

Poster: Dick Eney <dickeney@access.digex.net>

On Sat, 20 Dec 1997, Odinson13 wrote:

> Somebody please explain to me the reasoning behind this flashbulb rule. As far
> as I know cameras didn't come around until the mid-1800s. I would be willing
> to bet returning crusaders did a bit of smoking. The Hookah pipe is quite old.
As one who was there at the time -- A.S. VII -- I can testify that the
particular objection to flash photography (using bulbs, back then, as much
as strobes) was that the blue-white flash was nothing like anything that
could haave been generated in period, and also that it was uncommonly
unpleasant for people who were sensitive to it.  This last (like drumming,
now I consider) was hard for people who _weren't_ sensitive to it to grok,
but too many honest friends reported that it was indeed true of them for
me to doubt that this was a real difficult.  (Also like drumming, now I
consider.  I've never had any trouble setting my internal CPU, or whatever
that grey stuff between the ears is, to "soothing rhythm" and enjoying or
even going to sleep during drumming, but it is undoubtedly true that some
of us can't.)

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