NASA Astronaut talks about taking pictures in Space

NASA Astronaut
A night-time infrared photograph taken with a Nikon D3s camera; picture of the Ganges delta, dark red portions are the mangrove forests, mauve portions shows agriculture.

A NASA astronaut with a keen interest in photography shared his views about the human aspect of photography in space and also the difficulties that arise due to the condition of zero gravity and ambient light which is inherently different from that on Earth.

Donald Pettit explained how ‘space’ was a frontier and he needed to share something new about it since he had got a chance to experience life living away from his home planet.

He has spent 370 days in the International Space Station during his three trips. He explained how photography was inherently different in the 0 gravity atmosphere than on earth, how light cast stark shadows, and how important it was to take a view of space through the human eye rather than just viewing images taken by satellites. He also explained how NASA wanted the astronauts to take pictures which look like they had been taken on Earth and how the NASA printshop processed images to make pictures appear ‘normal’. But Pettit wanted to take pictures of objects as they really were and did not conform to the standards of the people on Earth. He also spoke of the equipment he had himself constructed and how the 8mm fisheye lens was his favourite since it enabled him to warp the images beautifully.

Finally, he concluded by saying that space is a great frontier where we can record scientific data which will eventually add to our knowledge and experience.

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