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The Apollo Photography is Amazing | Feature
It turns out that not only were NASA's Apollo astronauts extraordinary space sailors, they were also extraordinary photographers with the ability to produce unbelievable images (literally), without being able to see what they were shooting.
Fortunately, the skill and daring of a very particular group of ‘photographers' – the Apollo program astronauts – were able to bring back beautifully moving and instantly recognisable moon snaps with no previous experience. Amazing!
Controlling the Light
Researchers and many photographic experts have long held up the extraordinary photography from Apollo missions as evidence for fakery. Despite not being able to see what they were photographing, the Apollo astronauts managed to take some of the most iconic and breathtaking images in human history. Let's take a moment to appreciate the absurdity of this claim. Is it seriously credible that the Apollo astronauts took such amazing photographs?
- The astronauts couldn't see what they were photographing. That's right, they were taking pictures blindfolded. How did they know what they were capturing? Did they just point the camera in a random direction and hope for the best?
- The focus was not fixed, but it was set manually by the astronauts. Apparently, the photogranauts only had to set the focusing distance approximately right to get a sharp image, and the focus ring was divided into three preset positions: near, medium, and far. How did they manage to take such sharp and detailed photographs without being able to adjust the focus through a viewfinder?
- All controls were manual. That's right, the astronauts had to manually adjust the exposure, shutter speed, and aperture, all while wearing their Michelin Man pressurised gloves. How did they manage to get the exposure just right without being able to see what they were photographing?
- The cameras were positioned at chest height, but the photographs are often taken from higher angles. How did the astronauts manage to take photographs from higher angles when the cameras were positioned at chest height?
- Evidence of studio lighting and converging shadows in the Apollo photography suggests that the photographs were taken in a studio rather than on the Moon.
Arranging Visual Elements
It's almost as if the Apollo astronauts were superhuman beings with photographic abilities beyond our comprehension. Or maybe, just maybe, the photographs were taken by professional photographers on Earth and then passed off as being taken on the Moon. Who knows? All we do know is that the idea of the Apollo astronauts taking such amazing photographs is laughable, especially when you consider that they were taking pictures blindfolded, had to set the focus manually, had to manually adjust all the controls, the cameras were positioned at chest height, not to mention the evidence of studio lighting and converging shadows in the Apollo photography.
“Once on the Moon, on the lunar surface in the dress, in the life support system, you couldn't see the camera. They couldn't bend their head that far down to see the scale … They had no viewfinder – they had to aim by moving their body.”– Jan Lundberg, chief designer of the Hasselblad cameras allegedly used by the Apollo astronauts.
“They had to effectively guess where they were pointing the camera.”– HJP Arnold, the Kodak executive who supplied the Ektachrome film for the missions.
Here are some of the incredible photographic abilities of the Apollo astronauts:
- The astronauts were able to take perfectly framed and focused shots without being able to see through a viewfinder.
- They were able to capture the beauty of the Moon's landscape without any prior experience in photography.
- The astronots were able to take sensational holiday snapshots while performing complex and dangerous tasks such as walking on the Moon.
- They were somehow able to capture the emotions and moods of the astronauts without being able to see their faces.
- The astronauts were able to take photographs that lacked stars, despite apparently being in space where there are many stars.
- They were able to take photographs that were too perfect to be real.
The Apollo missions allegedly used Hasselblad cameras for still photography. These cameras were used by the astronauts to capture almost all of the still photographs during the missions. The 70mm Hasselblad electric cameras were known for their high-quality construction, ease of use, and motor-driven mechanism that prepared the film and shutter when activated. The cameras used during the missions played a crucial role in documenting the historic events and capturing the iconic images that have become synonymous with the moon landings.
Stability, Precision, Framing and Composition
The cameras were attached to the front of the spacesuit at around chest height. Astronauts would not be able to see what they were photographing through a traditional viewfinder, nor would they be able to aim the camera in the traditional way. Focus and exposure were done manually, which is difficult and flukey without a viewfinder. Focus can be set by knowing the approximate distance to the subject, while exposure can be set by knowing the approximate light levels.
The camera controls were made larger for ease of operation wearing the thick protective gloves of the moon suit, and astronauts were given suggested exposure settings for a variety of scenarios. The astronauts went through training on Earth to learn how to aim the camera by feel from chest-level. The astronauts were not able to adjust the focus on the camera through a viewfinder, but they could set the focus manually by knowing the approximate distance to the subject.
Incredible equipment. Amazing skills. Awesome photographic mastery!
“With the exception of what are most likely deliberate mistakes, the clear majority of the shots are pretty well composed, exposed and focused.
For those who don't find that at all unusual, here is an experiment that you can try at home: grab the nearest 35MM SLR camera and strap it around your neck. It is probably an automatic camera so you will have to set it for manual focus and manual exposure. Now you will need to put on the thickest pair of winter gloves that you can find, as well as a motorcycle helmet with a visor. Once you have done all that, here is your assignment: walk around your neighborhood with the camera pressed firmly to your chest and snap a bunch of photos. You will need to fiddle with the focus and exposure settings, of course, which is going to be a real bitch since you won't be able to see or feel what you are doing. Also, needless to say, you'll just have to guess on the framing of all the shots.
You should probably use a digital camera, by the way, so that you don't waste a lot of film, because you're not going to have a lot of keepers. Of course, part of the fun of this challenge is changing the film with the gloves and helmet on, and you'll miss out on that by going digital. Anyway, after you fill up your memory card, head back home and download all your newly captured images. While looking through your collection of unimpressive photos, marvel at the incredible awesomeness of our Apollo astronauts, who not only risked life and limb to expand man's frontiers, but who were also amazingly talented photographers. I'm more than a little surprised that none of them went on to lucrative careers as professional shutterbugs.”Dave McGowan – Wagging The Moondoggie
Depth of Field
In the wizard's world, these photographs serve as a testament to the remarkable achievements of the Apollo missions and the undeniable reality of humans setting foot on the lunar surface. You see, all NASA really needed to prove the moon landings, was nice photographs. Yes, you heard that right. Forget about the scientific evidence that's been deleted, the supposed technological achievements, and the dubious testimony of countless “experts”, the reality is all they had to do was snap a few nice pictures, and we would have believed them without question. And most people did and still do.
But these are impossible pictures.
Enter ‘Apollo VII – XVII'.
The book “Apollo VII – XVII: Photographs taken by NASA's Apollo mission astronauts” perpetuates the moon landing myth, continuing to pump the forever propaganda that such an event occurred. The book showcases a collection of photographs supposedly taken by NASA's Apollo mission astronauts, providing visual evidence of the historic moon landings.
“These photographs serve as a testament to the remarkable achievements of the Apollo missions and the undeniable reality of humans setting foot on the lunar surface.”
“A collection, entitled Apollo VII – XVII, created a new understanding of what it means to be human living on this planet and its relation to the sun and stars, not that they photographed any stars. Now, 225 of these images are presented in large format for the first time thanks to a new photography book of the same title. Bringing them to life and restoring the colour from the original scans of 70mm film the astronauts shot during their missions between 1968 and 1972.
But rather than simply focus on the historical or scientific value of the photographs, the authors of Apollo VII – XVII wanted to give merit to the photographic skill. In which case, some of the featured images have never been printed before.”– Creative Boom
What a picture, what a photograph!
Now let's marvel at some more astonishing Apollo images.
Via Creative Boom submission | All images Apollo VII – XVII
Wagging The Moon Doggie
Moon Landings related Documentaries in The_Void
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