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  1. Arizona Docent

    Arizona Docent Moderator Staff Member

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    Very interesting. I love the lynx, but the thought of all that flashpowder would give me the willies.

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    ...and scare the bejesus out of any wildlife in the vicinity too - how times have changed!
     
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    Yes things have changed indeed! For those unfamiliar with flash powder, think of movies set in the late 1800s where the photographer's assistant holds up a metal bar about a foot and a half wide on a short post and lights the flash powder and it burns brightly from one end of the bar to the other.

    Even the early flash bulbs (not that long ago), would literally flash once (a small explosion) and then be thrown away. In the early days there was no way to synchronize this with the shutter, so you would just hold the shutter open, fire the flash bulb, and then close the shutter. That is why to this day the setting for holding the shutter open is called Bulb (or B).