Hidden Gem, Hidden Photographer

April 19, 2013 § 1 Comment

Photo: Hank Walker, LIFE Magazine, 1957.

This photo is one of my absolute favorites. An accomplishment in both composition, lighting and planning it is a hidden gem of industrial photography. Hidden because it wasn’t published until 2009. « Read the rest of this entry »

Astronaut’s Photography Manual

September 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have an interest both in spaceflight and Hasselblads, so I was very excited when I found that Hasselblad has made their 1984 NASA Astronaut’s Photography Manual available to the public.

As a guidebook for the NASA Photography Training Program, it not only describes the operation of the Hasselblad 500 EL/M cameras used on the U. S. Space Shuttle but is also a concise manual on photography to assist astronauts in creating the best possible space photographs.

Hasselblad cameras have performed with precision on every manned space flight since 1962 and undoubtedly future missions will continue to yield those awe-inspiring and beautiful images from space – a priceless pictorial legacy for future generations.

A lot of the info applies to all photography, but I love that all the examples are taken from space shuttle travel.

The Apollo 11 Hasselblad Cameras

July 23, 2009 § 70 Comments

Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong in training for the Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin scoops up a soil sample, while Armstrong aims his camera. Photo by NASA.

Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong in training for the Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin scoops up a soil sample, while Armstrong aims his camera. Photo by NASA. Click for larger version.

I’ve been an avid follower of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing this week. Although it’s a bit on the side of what I usually write about, I want to celebrate this great leap by taking a look at the cameras Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins used to take those iconic pictures from the Moon and of our Earth.
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