Chris Hadfield: How to photograph the earth from space

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The first photograph of the Earth from space was taken in 1946. But it was the famous “Blue Marble” photograph, take in 1972, that became the Earth’s unofficial publicity shot. Of course now there are cameras everywhere up there, but probably none has captured the attention of the Internet the way Commander Chris Hadfield’s have.

 

The Canadian cosmonaut shares his photos with his 700,000 twitter followers. Sure, he’s got the catbird seat, but Hadfield is a seriously talented photographer. After all, while the Earth pretty much looks good whatever it does, Hadfield’s got an eye for framing and serious technical chops. As camera nerds, we were really excited to see the video below in which our hero talks about the camera settings he uses (apparently there is no “shooting from space” mode on the scene dial).

Happy Earth Day!

PS, Commander, if you’re reading this, these shots would make a pretty nice photo book, wouldn’t they?

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