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).

    Breaking the rules: Can a photographer create his own unique style and following by breaking one of the basic rules of composition? Phil Koch did. Please check out the new 'Horizons' gallery i recently created for 18 of Phil's best images, and get some ideas on how you might bust out of your rut.

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    1. ~ Floydian ~  54 months ago | reply

      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 sale........smart, 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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    2. IronRodArt - Royce Bair ("Star Shooter") 54 months ago | reply

      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!

    3. Minh and Rochelle 54 months ago | reply

      Amazing restoration! The Earth looks fantastic!

    4. nelrojar / Nelson Rojas A. 54 months ago | reply

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

      ... Greetings !!!!!!

    5. ~ Floydian ~  54 months ago | reply

      @Royce
      I did some shots with the H3D Hassie.........we can forget what Canon and Nikon are doing......it 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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    6. zgrial 54 months ago | reply

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

    7. idashum 54 months ago | reply

      Great restoration - the details are amazing.
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    8. digitalpsam 53 months ago | reply

      Fantastic work The colours look wonderful

    9. Nuno-Gomes (Enough is enough) 53 months ago | reply

      This is Excelent!
      My Gear And Me Awardwww.flickr.com/groups/my_gear_and_me/
      Please read the rules before adding this photo to "My Gear And Me".
      Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

    10. paullyn grace 53 months ago | reply

      looked at the original ..great restoration!!

    11. ♫WonderfulBeautifulSong♫ 52 months ago | reply

      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!

    12. ♫WonderfulBeautifulSong♫ 52 months ago | reply

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

      www.flickr.com/groups/godsbeautifulworld/

    13. EraPhernalia Vintage . . . (playin' hook-y ;o) 49 months ago | reply

      I used this photo for my Earth Day tribute, here. Thanks for the beautiful restoration!

    14. / Iris / Vacation [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

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

    15. Think Out Loud 33 months ago | reply

      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:
      www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/environmental-update/
      thanks again!
      Allison Frost
      Senior Producer, Think Out Loud

    16. mlhradio 33 months ago | reply

      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: www.flickr.com/groups/views10000/

      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.)

    17. the-re-view 3 months ago | reply

      Great photo - thanks for making it available under Creative Commons. We've used it to illustrate a recent article on our online magazine: the-re-view.org/how-to-feed-nine-billion-people-and-feed-them-well/ Thanks again, and best regards from The Re|View team.

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