Internet Ray Tracing Competition Entries

Mar-Apr 1999 - History

Oh, the humanity!...


"Here it comes, ladies and gentlemen, and what a sight it is, a thrilling one, just a marvellous sight. It is coming down out of the sky pointed toward us, and towards the mooring mast. The mighty diesel motors roar, the propellers biting into the air and throwing it back into gale-like whirlpools...

"No one wonders that this great floating palace can travel through the air at such speed with these powerful motors behind it. The sun is striking the windows of the observation deck on the eastward side and sparkling like glittering jewels against a background of black velvet...

"It's burst into flames! Get this, Charlie, get this, Charlie. Get out of the way, please, oh, my, this is terrible, oh, my, get out of the way, please! It is burning, bursting into flames and is falling on the mooring mast and all the folks we... this is one of the worst catastrophes in the world! Oh, it's four or five hundred feet into the sky, it's a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. Oh, the humanity!"

- Herbert Morrison, Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1937, 7:25 pm.


For this round I chose to recreate an actual historical event by recreating an actual photograph! The is the Hindenburg explosion which ended the era of rigid airships in 1937.

The photograph I have attempted to reproduce here was originally in monochrome, so I added the colours to make it more vivid. The newspaper surrounding the image is an actual scan of the next day's New York Times, modified slightly to enable me to fit in a larger "photo" than the one they published. (This image is not the same photo used by the real New York Times.)


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