Shooting Landscapes from Space

Being in the right place at the right time is often critical for making iconic imagery. Astronaut Chris Hadfield is always in the right place for creating powerful landscapes of planet earth. In a video released yesterday by the Canadian Space Agency, Hadfield demystifies his photographic process for capturing stunning landscapes of the planet from the International Space Station.

More images from Commander Hadfield's Nikon can be found online at his Tumblr site as well as on his Facebook page. His twitter feed is @Cmdr_Hadfield

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What was the technical reason they don't use Canon - something about the fluorite elements not standing up well to the stresses of launch?

Anyone know what that last lens was?

NASA 200mm f/1.2

Never here of that lens. I was thinking it was an 185mm f/2.8

there is also a 14-14mm f/2.8 1:39 probably for taking photos of the whole are most of the earth

Lorenzo P's picture

Those photos were absolutely incredible!!!

I'l totally remember these tips next time I'm taking pictures from space...

But actually, that was really cool. Would love to spend time up there.

It is funny to have him walk us through his settings, just in case.

Phenomenal! What a life. =)

No VR needed :)

that's one way to shoot a 400mm f/2.8 handheld

:-) I was thinking the same thing!

Zero gravity stabilization should come to earth!

The only time situation you'll ever find yourself juggling a 400mm 2.8 lens on a pro body with just a finger & thumb without the use of a tri/monopod :)

Tomas Ramoska's picture

Insane :D

PhotoStorys's picture

Great work guys!