Astrophotography is becoming more accessible than ever. Not only have manufacturers made cameras specifically designed with celestial photography in mind, they’ve also started work on built-in star tracking that will use sensor-shift technology to account for the movement of celestial bodies in the sky during a long exposure.
Back in 1971 Apollo 15 was the most successful manned flight ever achieved, according to NASA.
But the three astronauts aboard the spacecraft weren’t all about the science, as the video below shows. Two of the astronauts took turns to photograph each other on the moon, undoubtedly aware that they’d need epic Facebook profile photos 40 years down the line.
Watch the astronauts bounce around the moon as they captured these iconic images.
Actually, this image of the Milky Way is so big that it had to be broken down into 268 sections, each photographed over a period of a several days and composed into a single image. Those 268 sections were then combined into an enormous 194 Gigabyte file which contains several “layers” of information. This interactive tool can be accessed here.
As expected, the rumors about the 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens turned out to be true and Sigma announced the world’s first full frame lens of this focal length and aperture.
Quality wise the lens seems to fit in perfectly with the rest of the company’s excellent line of Art primes, and it will sell for an attractive price, but in the words of Rocky Balboa – it ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.
On the other hand, many wedding photographers and astrophotographers just added a new lens to their holiday shopping list.
New Zealand based astrophotographer Mark Gee (previously, and here) has quite a creative take on the Super Moon we had last week. I mean, we all shot the Super Moon (didn’t we) but Mark documented the shooting of the Super Moon with a few of his photographer friends, taking the whole thing to a new level of Meta.
In order not to miss the actual super moon itself, Mark made the movie one day prior to the Super Moon day, but that had very little impact on how the moon looks like in the movie.
The movie shows a gorgeous shot of the moon rising with several photographers gathering up to photograph the events. It starts with the photographers arriving at the scene, unloading their gear, doing their thing and finally tearing up. This entire 2 minutes scene is happening in front of the most gorgeous moon you’ve ever laid eyes on.
You know how sometimes you take such an amazing photo that you have to share immediately, just to later realize that you have an ever more awesome version of it?
That’s pretty much the case here with NASA’s insane surface photo of Pluto, taken by the interplanetary space probe New Horizons.
The result is, quite literally, out of this world.
If you’re like me, your social media and news feeds were chock full of some great (and some not so great) shots of last night’s supermoon/total solar eclipse. Sadly for me, we had some pretty terrible weather and clouds that made my eclipse gazing plans non-existent–and I really had my heart set on trying to catch the International Space Station make a pass across the exciting lunar event.
Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to have a look. Renowned astrophotographer, Theirry Legault, wasn’t going to miss the rare occurrence for anything. Legault was able to not just see the ISS transit, he also grabbed some video and stills of the eclipse and it’s drive-by visitor.
Tonight we will witness a rare astronomical phenomena called “supermoon” total lunar eclipse. This happens when a lunar eclipse happens in conjunction with the event of a super moon – The time when the moon is closest to earth and thus looks the biggest. (Next time this will happen is on 2033). To really take it over the top, this will be a blood moon, meaning a red moon. So Bright, Big and Eclipsed. Definitely something worth taking a photo.
Here is a list of resources that will help you make the best of the occasion:
Here’s some exciting potential for the astrophotography and/or science enthusiasts out there. NASA has announced they have been experimenting with different types of Schlieren based photography techniques to help them photograph things we typically can’t see, such as air density gradients and, in this case, supersonic schockwaves left behind by a moving aircarft. [Read more…]
Sometimes the cosmic forces of the universe just align to give you the opportunity to produce some really really unique photographs.
There is no other way to explain how I was able to capture these photographs of the Perseids Meteor Shower with the Milky Way and the Northern Lights in a single frame.
The unlikely chain of events goes something like this…