Leonardo da Vinci's Inventions
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Camera obscura '...Here the figures, here the colors, here all the images of every part of the universe are contracted to a point. O what a point is so marvelous!' - Leonardo da Vinci In 1490, da Vinci wrote the first detailed description of camera obscura in his “Atlantic Codex,” a 1,286 page collection of drawings and writings. The principle of camera obscura is simple, punch a hole in a dark box and put a piece of light-sensitive material on the other side and, voilà, you have a photograph. Camera obscura (L), 2004 Nikon D70 Read the latest camera reviews
Camera obscura
"...Here the figures, here the colors, here all the images of every part of the universe are contracted to a point. O what a point is so marvelous!"
- Leonardo da Vinci

In 1490, da Vinci wrote the first detailed description of camera obscura in his “Atlantic Codex,” a 1,286 page collection of drawings and writings. The principle of camera obscura is simple, punch a hole in a dark box and put a piece of light-sensitive material on the other side and, voilà, you have a photograph.

Camera obscura (L), 2004 Nikon D70

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(Text by Melissa Robotti/Boston.com correspondent)