Former NASA intern Gary George recently sold the original footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing at auction house Sotheby’s. He scored $1.82 million from this sale, which is more than 8,000 times more than he originally paid for the footage.
50 years ago, the crew of Apollo 8 took the iconic Earthrise photo. In this video published by Nostalghia, you can see how exactly the famous photo was taken. It contains a visualization of the entire process, with real voices of the Apollo 8 crew as the Earth appeared behind the Moon’s surface.
If the iPhone’s Portrait Lighting already impresses you, then you better check out Apollo. This $1.99 iOS app adds immersive lighting effects that are–dare I say–better than what Apple’s version offers.
The Apollo app uses depth map from dual cameras to create the effects so, it only currently works with the iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus and X. Nevertheless, it does a great job at applying different lighting effects at any angle. In fact, you can even put a light source behind a subject to act as a rim light. You can add up to 20 light sources in one image and seamlessly adjust the color, intensity, and distance. Check out the short video clip below to see it in action:
We’ve seen before that Apollo astronauts were darn good photographers. But what about those amazing close-up videos of launches, have you ever wondered how they were filmed? Curious Droid did some research on the matter, and they bring you some interesting information and BTS videos. It was all long before DLSR and digital mirrorless digital cameras were sent to space, and it’s really interesting to watch.
If you think that 400mm f/2.8 is looking expensive in your B&H cart, you might want to think again. Earlier this week, a 50mm f/8 lens used by NASA in its Apollo moon missions sold for just under half a million dollars.[Read More…]
NASA just released the images that were taken from the Apollo mission. Project Apollo Archive took on the tedious job of putting the magazines into a flickr account! There are thousands of images to look through and each one is interesting.
The author of the flickr account stated that the best way to view is in the “Album” view. I have looked through some of the galleries and picked out a few favorites! Check these out after the jump! (no pun intended)
If you ever wondered how much some of your used gear can be sold for, looking at this auction may be a good buzz (though totally relevant). The Hasselblad 500 that was used to shoot the landing on the moon was recently auctioned for about 3/4 of million dollars. $758,489 to be exact.
Galerie Westlicht which held the auction, described the gear as “part of the equipment carried by the 1971 Apollo 15 mission, the fourth manned mission to land on the moon”.