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The Google Pixel 4 Astrophotograpy Mode is no night mode, but rather one that required the company to make vast improvements to the Night Sight algorithm. Most photography enthusiasts know that when it comes to photographing the night sky, you need to hold the shutter open for as long as 20 seconds, and if the Pixel 4 can reduce handheld camera shake over such a long length of time, it means that Google just might be the first to offer this function in a smartphone. Read more for another example and additional information.
Fujifilm’s Instax printer line can be picked up for a bargain now, and that’s because the company just unveiled the Instax Mini Link today. Simply put, this handheld device creates high-quality instant photo prints of pictures saved in a smartphone through its dedicated app over Bluetooth. Plus, the app can even choose the best frame from one of your videos and push to print. A party print function enables multiple users to send their favorite pictures from their smartphone to the printer and compile them into a single instax print. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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The GoPro Hero8 Black has been officially unveiled, and unlike its predecessors, this updated model features Hypersmooth 2.0, the company’s second-generation stabilization technology, complete with ‘Boost’ and an auto horizon leveling modes. Plus, TimeWarp (hyperlapse mode) also got a 2.0 update. For those who aren’t familiar with this mode, it automatically adjusts video playback to the speed you’re traveling and enables you to slow it down to capture moments with a tap of the screen. Read more for some of the early reviews and additional information.
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Located on the El Peñón peak of Cerro Pachón mountain in Coquimbo, Chile, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a wide-field survey reflecting telescope with an 8.4-meter primary mirror that will photograph the entire available sky every few nights. It uses a 3-mirror design to enable a compact telescope to deliver sharp images over a very wide 3.5-degree diameter field of view. Images will be recorded by a 3.2-gigapixel CCD imaging camera, the largest digital camera ever constructed, and here’s an up-close look at its lens. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Storm chaser and videographer Dustin Farrell who hails from Arizone has just released “Transient 2″. This sequel to his 2017 short is approximately 3.5-minutes long and features the skies opening up to reveal flashes of lightning as well as puffed up clouds rolling across open plains. Capturing all this wasn’t easy, as he had to travel 35,000 miles over the span of 2-years to get the raw footage, and that’s not including the 300 hours spent editing. Read more for the video and additional information.
Spanish filmmaker Andres Aguilera Morillas, 23, happened to visit the Madakaripura Waterfall in Java, Indonesia during a July 2019 trip, and what better way to capture the beauty of the natural wonder than with a drone? That’s exactly what he did, and says: “This location is one of the most spectacular things I have experienced in my life.” Read more for the clip and additional information.
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Yes, solar eclipses really do occur on Jupiter, and they happen when any of the natural satellites of the planet pass in front of the Sun. NASA recently released a series of images captured on September 12th, 2019 of a solar eclipse on Jupiter as its moon, Io, casts a shadow on the gas giant’s north equatorial belt. There are five satellites capable of completely occulting the Sun: Amalthea, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. All the others are either too small or distant to be able to completely conceal the Sun, so it can only transit the star. Read more for another picture and additional information.
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The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express consists of two parts, the Mars Express Orbiter and Beagle 2, a lander designed to perform exobiology and geochemistry research. Despite the lander failing to fully deploy after it landed on the Martian surface, the orbiter has been successfully performing scientific measurements since early 2004, most notably high-resolution imaging and mineralogical mapping of the surface. Read more to see the amazing new mosaic it has captured of the Red Planet.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are fortunate enough to see the world at night on every orbit of the Earth a total of 16-times each day. One astronaut managed to capture this broad, short-lens view, looking out over the remotest central equatorial Pacific Ocean, approximately 1620 miles south of Hawaii. You can see the Milky Way angle across the view from the left margin up to the top right corner, where it is masked by parts of the ISS, and the view is toward the center of the Milky Way galaxy. All of the dark patches you see are dense dust clouds in an inner spiral arm of our galaxy that block our view of stars toward the center. Read more for additional images captured from the ISS.
Photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with videographer Jacob Phillips and landscape photographer Taylor Gray to recreate every pre-installed Apple MacOS wallpapers of California landmarks in just one week. For those who don’t use MacOS are have just started to do so, OS X versions were named after big cats until OS X 10.9 Mavericks, as that update marked when Apple officially switched to using California locations. Read more for a video and additional information.