Earth and North America from Space - digitally restored

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No, I didn't take this photo, but I did restore it! (Compare to the scratched and faded original.) This earth from space photo comes from a digitally enhanced, 1972 NASA Apollo 16 Mission negative - one of the last manned flights at this distance (10,000 miles, or 16,000 kilometers). This is a restored historic photo, not a computer generated image or a false color satellite composite. (Satellite and Space Shuttle images are only taken from about 150 to 300 miles above the earth.) This is the "real McCoy" -- a real photograph, taken by an astronaut with a hand-held Hasselblad camera!


BTW, in the early days of Photoshop (PS v. 1.0-2.0 -- 1990-1992), I personally went to the NASA archives, scanned some of their best images, digitally restored them, and licensed them to the world (making a good share of my income for several years). For instance, General Motors once paid $8,800 to license one of my restorations (which are copyrighted "derivatives" of the original).


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  • Henk Meijer Photography 5y

    You're a smart guy, license unique work, no wonder you made good sales from it. This is work we can't make so every shot from above is ready for, very smart. Pity it's not tack sharp, but those old Hassie shots still work excellent when seeing this what you present here.

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  • Royce Bair 5y

    My first digital SLR in 2001 was 6 megapixels and still didn't match the quality of 35mm film. A year later in 2002, Canon came out with the 11MP 1Ds and it actually surpassed 35mm film. It also surpassed the 6cm x 6cm color negative quality of Hassle. When I now scan some of my old 35mm slides and submit them to stock agencies, they are often rejected by the photo editors for being "too noisy"! Some of these young photo editors have never seen film ;-) The film grain also lowers the ability to resolve a sharp image. Some of the graininess of this Apollo photo comes from trying to sharpen and compensate for the astronaut's camera movement at the time of the exposure.

    Our modern DSLR Nikon and Canon cameras can often produce an image at an ISO of 640 to 1200 that is less noisy or grainy than the ISO 80 film that was available in 1972 or even the ISO 200 of today's film. With noise-reduction software we can often soot at ISO 3200 that is very acceptable. We've come a long way, baby!
  • Minh Huynh 5y

    Amazing restoration! The Earth looks fantastic!
  • nelrojar / Nelson Rojas A. 5y

    Thanks for you visit and comment.
    Amazing shot, fantastic composition.
    Magnifique photo, congratulation.

    ... Greetings !!!!!!
  • Henk Meijer Photography 5y

    I did some shots with the H3D Hassie.........we can forget what Canon and Nikon are doesn't even comes close to those superb Hassies...problem is the prize ;-)
    But also last time i was in Moab and visit Tom Till his gallery and the 4x5 inch shots on Velvia blew me also away.......proof that film is still not death at all ;-)

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  • coulportste 5y

    great work
  • zgrial 5y

    Great job on this restoration. The view of our world from this distance never cease to amaze me.'s so humbling.
  • idashum 5y

    Great restoration - the details are amazing.
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  • Sam Matta 5y

    Fantastic work The colours look wonderful
  • Nuno Gomes 5y

    This is Excelent!
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  • Paullyn Grace Villaseñor 5y

    looked at the original ..great restoration!!
  • ♫WonderfulBeautifulSong♫ 5y

    Wow Wonderful shot!
  • ♫WonderfulBeautifulSong♫ 5y

    We would love to make this photo our group icon and comment code photo. Please add your photo to our group! :)

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called God's Beautiful World, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • ♫WonderfulBeautifulSong♫ 5y

    Congrats! This photo was picked for photo of the day in God's Beautiful World! :)
  • Cheryl 5y

    I used this photo for my Earth Day tribute, here. Thanks for the beautiful restoration!
  • / Iris / Vacation 5y

    WOW! Isn't that awesome?
    Beautiful man! Gorgeous!
    Hope all is well, Iris.
  • Theflickrtower 5y

  • Think Out Loud 4y

    Thanks so much for your great photo --we're using it with attribution to illustrate our regular Environmental Update segment on our public radio show, Think Out Loud.
    You can see the show here:
    thanks again!
    Allison Frost
    Senior Producer, Think Out Loud
  • mlhradio 4y

    Congratulations on receiving more than 10,000 views -- that's quite impressive! Now that you've reached this milestone, you might want to consider graduating this photograph from the 'Views: 4000' group to the 'Views: 10000' group, which can be found here:

    Once again, congratulations and hopefully your photos will receive many more views in the future! Reminder: Photos should only be in one 'Views:xx' group at a time. (This is an automatic message posted to all items in the 'Views: 4000' group that receive more than 10,000 views. There is no need to reply to this message.)
  • The Re|view 1y

    Great photo - thanks for making it available under Creative Commons. We've used it to illustrate a recent article on our online magazine: Thanks again, and best regards from The Re|View team.
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