December 2, 2012

Deer, Michigan

Photograph by George Shiras

This Month in Photo of the Day: Vintage National Geographic Photographs

Two deer are seen at night on Grand Island, Michigan, in this early flash photograph by George Shiras, who pioneered both the first flashlight photos and the first trip-wire photography of animals at night.

A box of photographs that Shiras brought to National Geographic in 1905 yielded the first nighttime wildlife photographs ever published. They appeared in the July 1906 issue of the magazine.


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