Some photographers use lens compression to make the Moon look huge (this photo by Eric Paré came to my mind). But with a giant telescopic lens, photographer Daniel López made something spectacular. He filmed a short video of the moon setting behind Mount Teide, a volcano in the Canary Islands. And it seems so huge and fast, that you’ll feel like watching a scene from Star Wars.
“We know more about the surface of Mars and Moon combined than we do of our own ocean floor.” Thanks to Ved Chirayath of NASA Ames Research Center, this might change in near future. He has developed a new camera tech that allows the scientists to explore the ocean floor from the air. This hardware and software technique is named fluid lensing, and it could enable NASA to look and map out all of the coastal ocean systems in the world.
There is something enchanting and mystical about the moon. But photographing the moon is a challenge which requires special gear, preparation, technique and right time. In this great animated tutorial from Apalapse, you’ll learn everything you need to start taking stunning photos of the moon. And it all fits in only two minutes.
And no, the Moon Terminator is nothing to do with Arnold. The “terminator” in this case is the line between the lit and dark sides of the moon. During those times when the moon and the sun are in the sky together, there’s something odd about it. The line defining the lit side of the moon doesn’t line up with the sun, the thing that’s lighting it.
This video from YouTuber Vsauce attempts to explain the phenomenon of the Moon Terminator illusion. A camera is used to explain some of the various principles involved. It’s well worth watching, as it also goes some way towards also explaining some of the issues photographers hit regularly. Understanding the causes of them can help us to resolve them.
I recently had the amazing opportunity to work with some very interesting historical media. A retired NASA engineer friend contacted me having found a box of photographic films in his desk drawer. Turns out the box contained two partial rolls and several cut slides of 70mm film from the 1971 Apollo 15 mission! What a find!
According to my engineer friend, these are not unpublished images. They are, however original films from the customized Hasselblad EDC (Electronic Data Cameras) medium format cameras used on the lunar surface, and include numerous images of the astronauts, the Lunar Module — the “Falcon” (LM-10), and Lunar Rover (LRV).
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…]
What you see above is not a 3D model made on a computer. It is a composition captured and created by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that depicts the earth rising over the surface of the moon.[Read More…]
Sometimes real stories go beyond anything we can imagine. And this one from Damn Interesting podcast certainly exceeds any fictionous photography tale one can conceive. It involves espionage, camera coffins, secret film formulas and faxing a photo of the moon.
During the cold war the US initiated a Project Genetrix a secret project executed to gather intel from the closed border USSR. Project Genetrix launched huge 200-foot-tall, 100-foot-wide helium balloons into the air around strategic locations in Europe where the wind was supposed to carry them over the USSR where they will take photos and eventually exit the USSR air space to be collected by a friendly plane, mid air and have the film sent to the US for the intelligence force to decipher. This may sound like a kids play nowadays (and it is), but back in ’56 we did not have no gopros.
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.
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)