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Awesome Super Blue Blood Moon photos and the tech that captured it

A photo opp that comes only once in a blue moon

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We previously wrote about the Super Blue Blood Moon and how you could best capture it. Now that the once in a lifetime event had passed, the best way to relive it is through photos and videos.

I picked out my favorite ones from social media and asked the people behind the cameras what they shot with and the settings that produced such awesome images.

Without further ado:

“Blood Moon Blend”

The next three photos were shot by Wilson Wong from Singapore.
For this photo, a combination of two shots were stitched together on Photoshop.
Camera: Nikon D500, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 lens
Settings:
Exposure for stadium: 0.4 sec, f/11, ISO 800, 150mm
Exposure for moon: 1/30 sec, f/11, ISO 200

“Blood Moon Red”


Camera: Nikon D500, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 lens
Settings: 0.4 sec, f/8, ISO 1600

“Blood Moon Mobile”


According to Wong, the Mate 10 Pro’s night mode slowly exposed the frame and took multiple shots with various exposure settings. Ther were then combined to achieve that HDR effect.
Camera: Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Mode: Night mode with a tripod

The view from Tarlac, Philippines


Photo by Martin San Diego
Caption: The Super Blue Blood Moon as seen at 9:45pm from Capas, Tarlac, on January 31.
Camera: Sony A7R II, 70-200mm lens
Settings: 4 sec, f/4, ISO 100, 200mm

When the universe conspires…


Photo and quote from Paul Quiambao
Caption: When the universe conspires, a once in a lifetime astronomical phenomenon happens. The Super Blue Blood Moon perfectly aligns with the Mayon Volcano eruption as it continues to produce lava during the lunar eclipse at 9:46pm on January 31.
Camera: Sony A7 II, 17-40mm Canon lens
Settings: 30 sec, f/4, ISO 1250

The beauty of imperfection


Photo by Au Mendoza
Caption: Super Blue Blood Moon, when the lunar eclipse occurs during a blue moon and a supermoon. It’s a rare event and the last time these three lunar events happened at the same time was in 1982. The moving effect? No, it wasn’t the moon moving fast. The camera equipped with a heavy 400mm lens (2x200mm) slid off the tripod. Ahh… the beauty of imperfection.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Settings: f/2.8, 200mm with 2X teleconverter

“… the moon and the stars in the sky”


Photo by Aaron Palabyab
Camera: Fujifilm X-T1
Settings: 1 sec, f/16, ISO 1600, 135mm

And for the finale, a quick time lapse crafted from 983 shots with apertures of f/6.3-11, between 1/5-1/8 seconds shutter, and ISO 800-3200.


What do you think of these photos? What did you use to shoot the Super Blue Blood Moon? Let us know in the comments section below. If you think we missed an awesome photo, send them over.

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Fujifilm X-H2 mirrorless digital camera now official

Two lenses also announced

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Fujifilm X-H2

Fujifilm has announced its newest products during the X-Summit NYC event, to be available locally by the end of September 2022:

  • FUJIFILM X-H2 mirrorless digital camera
  • FUJINON Lens XF5gmmF1.2 R WR
  • FUJINON Lens GF20-35mmF4 R WR

FUJIFILM X-H2 camera

The latest addition to the X Series lineup of compact and lightweight cameras features a back-illuminated 40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor and high-speed X-Processor 5.

It is capable of high-resolution stills with an even faster shutter speed of up to 1/180000 and ISO125 standard sensitivity.

The X-H2 is the first APS-C sensor camera to boast to a high-definition 8K (30p) video in 4:2:2 10-bit, with support for three Apple ProRes codecs.

It is also the first in the X Series to feature the Pixel Shift Multi-Shot function that quadruples image resolution and produces accurate color reproduction.

Among other advanced features are:

  • Smooth Skin Effect
  • Deep Learning technology for boosted Auto White Balance
  • 19 Film Simulation modes
  • Support for HEIF format
  • Optimized algorithm for substantially improved AF accuracy during recording 

Price

  • X-H2 body — PhP 123,990
  • X-H2 16-80mm Kit — PhP 153,990

FUJINON XF5gmmF1.2 R WR lens

The fast mid-telephoto prime lens joins the brand’s lineup of XF lenses. With a focal length of 56mm (85mm in the 35mm film format), the XF56mmF1.2 R WR has a maximum aperture of F1.2 just like its predecessor but with significant improvements in image-resolving performance, as well as close-up capability including beautiful bokeh.

Thanks to its 13 elements in eight groups, the lens is able to minimize chromatic, spherical, and comatic aberrations – including the onion ring effect – to provide better stills than the previous model. When it comes to close ups, the minimum focusing distance has also been improved to 20cm from 50cm.

The lens is the first Fujifilm lens to use 11 diaphragm blades to achieve a near-perfect circle in the aperture, which again is an improvement from the previous iteration.

Aside from these technical aspects, the XF5gmmF1.2 R WR is also built for mobility, as it weighs us 445g and measures 76mm. The lens barrel is dust- and weather-resistant too, and can operate at temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.

Price — PhP 61,990

FUJINON GF20-35mmF4 R WR lens

Lastly, the GF20-35mmF4 R WR joins the GF group designed for the GFX Series mirrorless cameras as the widest in the series, offering a new dynamic for landscape photographers. 

Featuring a 20mm zoom lens (16mm in the 35mm format) with a F4.0 maximum aperture, the lens is tailor-made for covering expansive wide-angle views outdoors, whether in the wild or in the city.

It suppresses distortion and aberration with help of its 14 elements in 10 groups. The dust- and weather- resistant lens likewise utilizes Fujifilm’s unique NANO GI coating to minimize the effects of light reflection.

For its focal length, the GF20-35mmF4 R WR is still kept lightweight as much as possible, measuring 112.5mm with a weight of 725g.

Price — PhP 153,990

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Samsung likely close to launching 450-megapixel camera

Say hello to the Hexa2pixel

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Galaxy S22+

Samsung is pioneering a new generation of smartphone photography. Amid the brand’s iconic smartphones, it is also developing new cameras that push the boundaries of what’s possible. For example, a 200-megapixel camera recently launched, opening the door for crisper photos. Now, Samsung is looking towards the future once again. According to a new leak, the next stop is a 450-megapixel shooter.

Such a large sensor shouldn’t be a surprise. In the past, Samsung already promised larger and larger sensors. The company clearly delivered with the new 200-megapixel sensor. Now, a new trademark has teased what’s next for the company’s cameras.

Recently, Samsung trademarked the name “Hexa2pixel.” On its own, the name doesn’t confirm much. However, popular Samsung leaker Ice Universe hinted at what the name means. The leaker’s tweet simply reads, “If X÷6²=12MP, then X=?”

The “62” offers a lot of insight as to what Hexa2pixel means. The new sensor will presumably use a binning method to compress the pixels into a crisper photo. As is standard with Samsung now, output photos are usually 12 megapixels in size. Though 200-megapixel sensors are impressive, it’s not practical to deliver photos of the same size. Users would have full phones almost immediately.

That said, if you solve the algebraic equation, you’ll get 432, the amount of megapixel needed to deliver 12-megapixel photos using the binning method. Samsung will likely round this up further to 450 megapixels, too.

Of course, a trademark is hardly indicative of what’s coming for sure. The company is still reveling in the glory of its 200-megapixel shooter. It will likely take some time before a 450-megapixel shooter makes it to the public.

SEE ALSO: Leaked Samsung teaser reveals two foldables

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Nikon Z 30 now official in Singapore

For vloggers and creatives

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Nikon Z 30

Nikon is making a new APS-C type mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 30, available in Singapore.

With its high-performance video capabilities, the compact and portable camera is ideal for filming, especially for vloggers or those who want to start a career as a creative.

The camera shoots 4K UHD video with approximately 100 percent angle of view, and Full HD/120p for slow-motion filming.

In a nutshell, here are the camera’s features which make digital content creation a breeze:

  • Easy user interface
  • Dedicated focus modes: Eye-Detection Autofocus and Full-Time Autofocus
  • Up to 125 minutes of shooting time
  • 20 filter effects from Creative Picture Controls
  • Built-in microphone
  • Twist and touch 7.5-cm vari-angle monitor

Aside from the focus modes, users will get more out of its auto mode with Single Autofocus, Continuous Autofocus, and Manual Focus, as well as an Animal-Detection AF.

When it comes to shooting or filming for lowlight situations, the Nikon Z 30 boasts an ISO of up to 51200 for stills and 25600 for videos.

For more information on the new product, click here

Price and availability


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on June 30, 2022. It has been updated to reflect pricing and availability

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