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Boy, those Zeisses flare

In the wake of the sad passing of Neil Armstrong, whose name and feats will be remembered as long as any human being’s, there have been a real glut of interesting space-photo-related links doing the rounds. Of particular interest was this page of all 122 pictures taken during the Apollo 11 moon walk (Hasselblad 500 EL Apollo-11 edition, Zeiss 60mm lens, Kodak special thin-based and thin emulsion double-perforated 70 mm colour film). Have to say…damn those Zeiss lenses flare, right?

You’ll note that one of the photos you should recognise appears cropped. Check out Charles Apple’s excellent piece to read more on “arguably the most famous picture taken in the history of mankind”, and how the version you are use to seeing is manipulated to include more headroom! Easily done when the filler is pure black sky.


  1. The flare is caused by the high power lights on the film lot. :-)

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 11:16 | Permalink
  2. Harrison Cronbi wrote:

    You’ll be talking about shadow angles and helmet reflections next! (PS – like your site, Bruce).

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 11:51 | Permalink

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