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All photos courtesy of LOIRP.

Somewhere in the NASA Ames Base in Silicon Valley is an abandoned now-repurposed McDonald’s. And in this repurposed McDonald’s, now affectionately called McMoon’s, is a team of hacker engineers (or more preferably techno-archaeologists) who are on an earthbound mission to unearth some of the very first images taken of our only natural satellite, the Moon.

These old images were originally taken and recorded onto reels of 70mm film to find suitable landing sites for the Apollo missions and were then stored in a facility in Maryland after they’ve served their purpose. For twenty years, they sat there, vestiges of a golden era, forgotten by time… that is, until the publicly-and-privately funded Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) was launched to digitize these images for the entire world to see.

Replacing cash registers and soda machines with old massive tape drives, Mac workstations, and a pile of tape reels containing pertinent data, this dedicated group has been hard at work on the project since 2007, reverse-engineering an old technology and developing a new software to recover AND digitalize the thousands of photos taken by the five unmanned Lunar Orbiters spacecrafts sent to the moon in the 60s ahead of the manned moon landings.

To date, the team has recovered an impressive 2,000 photos from 1,500 analogue data tapes, all restored and reproduced at never-before-seen high resolution. Check out some of these amazing images after the jump.

Via Wired
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The Leica S2 has been out for a very long time now, but I’ve only had intermittent and brief amounts of time with it each session. Recently though, Leica allowed me to borrow it for an entire weekend. For those of you that have read my other medium format camera posts, you’ll know that I’m a lover of the format for many reasons including the extremely shallow depth of field, level of detail, and versatility of the RAW files.

The question was though: what do I shoot with it? Portraits? Documentary? Landscapes? After looking through a brochure, Tumblr, and through work done by friends who shoot medium format, I developed a couple of ideas.

This post contains the first impressions and experiences of that weekend.

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I have a deep passion for macro photography. When I got into DSLR photography, I bought the 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro to multitask as my zoom and my macro lens. Lately though, I wanted a more specialized lens for macro photography. With the 70-300mm I have to zoom lens all the to the widest focal length, then switch to macro mode, etc. With the Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, I don’t have to do that. This is why I chose to test it out. So does it make the cut for my photography?

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