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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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The Polaroid Go is the smallest analog instant camera in the world

With this camera, the sky’s the limit and not the size

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Polaroid Go

Polaroid has a new, cute camera and we want it. There, I said it.

Polaroid Go is the newest, tiniest member of the Polaroid family. Dubbed as the smallest analog instant camera in the world, it only measures 4.1-inches long, 3.3-inches wide, and 2.4-inches tall. What an exciting change to Polaroid’s decade-old form factor, right?

Polaroid Go

Designed as a creative companion, the Polaroid Go sports a portable, wearable look and feel. The newest camera is available in a classic white colorway, following Polaroid’s iconic design retained in a new format apt for the new generation.

The Polaroid Go, despite its tiny size, packs mighty features. This includes a newly-developed selfie mirror, self-timer, longer-lasting battery, dynamic flash, double exposure, and travel-friendly accessories.

There’s also a Go film that reimagines Polaroid’s classic square format, to suit the newest and smallest analog instant camera.

Polaroid Go

Price and availability

Polaroid Go retails for US$ 100 while the Polaroid Go Film Double Pack costs US$ 20. The Polaroid Go will be available for purchase on April 27 at polaroid.com/go.

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Fujifilm’s retro-style Instax Mini 40 comes with Selfie Mode

And a new instant film sheet!

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Instax Mini 40

Fujifilm decks out its newest, classic-looking instant camera, the instax mini 40. Amplifying its retro style, the instant camera comes with a high-quality texture cover adorned with premium silver accents.

Instax Mini 40

Additionally, its small figure lets you fit it into a pouch, a fanny pack, or a small bag. On another note, it has an uncanny resemblance to the instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, albeit packed with modern features.

Instax Mini 40

The instax Mini 40 hosts a plethora of features that instant-camera lovers will adore. There’s an automatic exposure function that casually adjusts the camera’s shutter speed and flashes, depending on the surrounding brightness.

There’s also a selfie mode, making it easier to take solo and group photos. All you have to do is press the power button to extend the lens, then pull out the lens to switch to Selfie Mode, with a “Selfie On” mark to signify that the camera is ready to take your selfie. Lastly, don’t forget to check your framing using the mirror.

The Fujifilm instax Mini 40 has a suggested retail price of US$ 100.

Contact sheet

Furthermore, Fujifilm introduces Contact Sheet — a mini-format instax film featuring orange text printed over a black frame. This design simulates the contact sheet — through bromide sheets — of the past used in films that let you check individual images.

The Instax Mini Contact Sheet instant film will retail for US$ 15. It will be globally released on April 21, 2021, alongside the Fujifilm instax Mini 40.

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Razer’s new webcam: the Kiyo Pro

For work and play

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With Razer showing off their dedication to workers and gamers staying safe and indoors, they’ve announced the new Razer Kiyo Pro.

The Kiyo Pro is a USB camera with a high-performance Adaptive Light Sensor to deliver sharp video quality even in low-light conditions. Combined with an ultra-sensitive Type 1/2.8 CMOS sensor with STARVIS technology, the Kiyo Pro boasts professional-level image quality to video conferencing and streaming.

In this day and age, it’s no surprise that Razer is bringing new webcams especially with work-from-home and new digital communications. Working from home has really become an integral part of professional life today.

However, sometimes built-in laptop cameras lack the resolution and framerates for professional-looking conference calls or streams. They often struggle to cope with low-light and deliver blurry images and that’s where the Kiyo Pro comes in.

The Kiyo Pro is capable of uncompressed full HD 1080p 60FPS. Razer says this will not only ramp up dynamic range but also, correct under- or overexposed areas on the fly, eliminating silhouetting if the subject is lit from behind.

Making sure it’s ideal for video conferencing or streaming, the wide-angle lens on the Kiyo Pro gives you a choice of three fields of view: 103°, 90° or 80°. The 103° view lets everyone fit in a group video call or allow streamers viewers to show off their set up. But, if you’re just looking for a perfect headshot view for meetings or streams, the 80° view will suffice.

Other features

The Kiyo Pro has a range of extra features with flexible mounting options to perfectly set it up. And, its omnidirectional stereo microphone array ensures your voice is properly picked up wherever you’ve mounted it. A separate cover is included to protect the lens and assure your privacy when not in use. 

Razer Kiyo Pro Specs:

Camera Specifications

  • Connection type: USB3.0
  • Image resolution: 2.1 Megapixels
  • Video Resolution: 1080p @ 60/30/24FPS / 720p @ 60FPS / 480p @ 30FPS / 360p @ 30FPS
  • Video encoding: H.264 codec
  • Still Image Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Image Quality Settings Customization: Yes
  • Diagonal Field of View (FOV): 103°, 90°, 80°
  • Focus Type: Auto
  • Mounting Options: L-shape joint and Tripod (Not included)
  • Cable Length: 1.5 meters braided cable

Microphone Specifications

  • Channels: Stereo
  • Audio Codec: 16bit 48KHz
  • Polar patterns: Omni-directional
  • Sensitivity: -38dB

System Requirements

  • PC with a free USB port
  • Windows® 8 (or higher)
  • Internet connection
  • 500 MB of free hard disk space
  • Compatible with Open Broadcaster Software and Xsplit

The Razer Kiyo Pro is already available on Razer’s website with the price tag of USD$199.99 or EUR€ 209.99

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