Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon during the Apollo Program, died today. He was 82.
“Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, Apollo 17 salutes the flag on the lunar surface during extravehicular activity (EVA) on NASA’s final lunar landing mission. The Lunar Module “Challenger” is in the left background behind the flag and the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) also in background behind him. While astronauts Cernan and Schmitt descended in the Challenger to explore the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon, astronaut Ronald E. Evans, Command Module pilot, remained with the Command/Service Module (CSM) “America” in lunar-orbit.”
“Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, Apollo 17 mission commander, makes a short checkout of the Lunar Roving Vehicle during the early part of the first Apollo 17 extravehicular activity (EVA-1) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. This view of the “stripped down” Rover is prior to loadup. This photograph was taken by Geologist-Astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt, Lunar Module pilot. The mountain in the right background is the East end of South Massif.”
Apple’s full length ad for their new wireless earbuds: AirPods that work with all Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac). Apple’s advertising is on a roll recently, some great stuff.
I wish these things (and all Apple stock earbuds) fit in my ears. Alas, they don’t. I’ve been using Bose noise cancelling headphones for many years and recently upgraded to the Bose QC 35 wireless model. Excellent product and works well for me (music, phone, movies). Still, I wish I could use the AirPods, they certainly are more portable.
My flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp posted this terrific high contrast image of a tuft of grass on a small sand spit surrounded by a pool of water on the Dellenback Trail on the southern Oregon coast. Taken with his Ricoh GR II.
These picture postcards capture the monumental scale of America in the early 20th century
Rian Dundon, editor at Timeline has put together a fantastic collection of scanned postcards of things like the Flatiron Building under construction in 1902 to a scene of Market Street in San Francisco after the earthquake in 1906. It’s an amazing collection.
I recommend zooming it out, the images are high resolution and scale up well.
BLOOMS 2: Strobe Animated Sculptures Invented by John Edmark from Pier 9 on Vimeo.
John Edmark is a sculptor and Blooms is a series of 3D printed sculptures designed to animate while spinning under a strobe light.
The video and background music are quite amazing. Zoom it out for full effect.
My flickr contact Adam Bliss posted this terrific aerial drone shot looking down at a horseshoe bend in the Cousins River in Yarmouth, Maine.
One of the few reasons I’d ever want to get a drone is exactly this kind of shot.
Apple’s new ad for the iPhone 7 Plus’s portrait mode. It’s a terrific ad, very well done: catching the girl’s various expressions, the variety of people, and the music.
It’s quite amazing what folks are doing with smartphones of all kinds these days, and this feature (multiple lenses, shallow depth of field in reality or as an effect) looks like it’s pushing things even further. I have an iPhone 6s but still prefer my cameras to shooting with it for “serious” work but it’s mostly because I find the controls easier to deal with, less about image quality which is saying something.
My flickr contact Maciej Dakowicz took this wonderful slice of life image of a barbershop in Mumbai, India with his Canon 6D.
The face bleeding off the left, the mirror, it all makes this image fun to explore.
My flickr contact Bernd Schaefers took this great image of a tree-lined walkway in Cologne, Germany with his Ricoh GR II.
Flickr member aurpera shot this great image of leaves with her iPad Pro. Very nice composition and processing.