“In 2012 Mooncheeze approached the Cherryduck group to make them famous”
A marketing agency called Cherryduck were presented with a new cheese client who wanted something “out of this world”. Cherryduck took this statement literally and decided they wanted to advertise the cheese on the moon, the name of the cheese- Mooncheeze.
Nothing in the about paragraph is true, except for the name of the marketing agency- Cherryduck. But this marketing “idea” fooled the people at NASA and prompted a stern warning from them not to project anything into international air space and onto the moon.
Cherryduck had asked a scientist in America what they would need to do and what equipment they would need to be able to project an image on the moon’s surface, which is 384,400 kilometres away. The email was passed on to senior officers at NASA and that’s when they contacted Cherryduck informing them it was illegal to shine powerful lasers up into commercial airspace.
NASA were worried that if a laser, powerful enough to project onto the moon, was used and it affected the crew on the international space station, they would need to put a stop to it.
Cherryduck failed to mention the fact that this was just a spoof to NASA, their reason- they believed it would hinder their attempt to get relevant information from NASA. I’m sure this isn’t the first time someone has come up with a crazy idea and NASA have had to get involved, so the emails sent back-and-forth were of a serious nature.
The “projector” which was used in the video was in fact just a painted black box with a lamp inside and the “projected image” on the moon was just some clever computer graphics.
You can view the spoof video below –
My favourite quotes –
All we needed was for the moon to turn up.
The moon is now our oyster.
There was only one place they could be advertising…
The images below were taken by amateur astronomer Paul Andrews, all from his back garden in Devon!
Mr. Andrews has spent thousands of pounds on a special solar telescope which enables him to view our sun, which is over 93 millions miles away, in great detail and then photograph the incredible gas giant as if it were less than a mile away.
These images can be compared to images taken by the worlds top observatories and Mr. Andrews’ telescope allows him to take images of sun spots and solar flares.
Mr. Andrews is quoted saying -
I think the amount of detail you can actually see on the surface of the sun now is fantastic. I love watching the jets of gas that have been thrown off the surface. It can change from minute to minute…
…That is one of the most exciting things about this kind of photography. Only the other day I saw a big flare go up. It only lasted a couple of minutes before burning up and fading away.
The telescope Mr. Andrews uses has a six inch diameter lens which is specially designed to filter out the suns harmful rays and it is located in his back garden allowing him to snap away as much as he likes.
Mr. Andrews is a professional photographer and he said he tries to get out to his telescope every morning, by about 9am, as that is the clearest time of the day to get good, sharp shots.
He has been taking photos of the sun for over 5 years and set up a local astrological society, which he is head of. The telescope above is one of the largest commercial telescopes you can buy and it filters out the white light, heat and UV light which can damage eye sight.
If you plan on going out at night to get some great shots of the moon and stars, then you need to know how to handle your camera, here’s some great tips on getting the best from your SLR.
The advancement in technology has made it easier to capture some of the most dramatic events of our time. This is because of the improved features and qualities that camera manufacturers have embarked on to remain competitive in this fast growing industry. Owning a camera is no longer a big deal but it is the things that it can do for you that counts. This does not however mean that photography as a profession has become easier. You will still require the basic photography skills even with the SLRS camera for your photos to meet the quality mark.
The most challenging aspect of photography comes in dealing with the light. This is because light is essential if the photo will appear clear but can also work against you and result in poor quality pictures. Knowing how to capture images in different lighting conditions is the key to any successful photographer. The good thing about the digital slr camera is that you can experiment taking shots from diverse settings until you are satisfied with your work.
The camera has the features that give you the option of deleting what you do not like. Basically when taking shots from an enclosed place it is advisable to utilize the natural lighting. This can be sunlight from the windows or using friendlier source like candles or log fire. They give the pictures a more natural feeling. There is the option of using flood lighting however if there is no enough natural source.
There are several equipments that you can use to help improve the quality of shots you take. The tripod is one important tool that helps to stabilize the shots and gives the picture a crisp and better look. It helps you to take time and position your camera in the best angle that will give you a perfect shot. There is the polarizing filter which helps to make the picture more saturated. You will have to adjust these settings before taking the shots.
The lens offers you the option of bringing subjects closer to your view. This is helpful especially when taking pictures of subjects that are hard to get closer to. Those in the wildlife photography find the zoom button an important component of their camera. It is also useful in street photography where you take shots in crowded areas. It allows one to take shots without interfering with the personal space of those in the frame.
The colour of the subject will also have a bearing on the final appearance. Taking shots of a subject in bright colours requires less lighting than when taking images of a subject in dark colours. Alternatively more lighting can be sourced if the image is in a poorly lit surrounding.
There are other features like the black and white effect that one can use to improve the picture quality. The modern camera has the option of taking the photo in a black and white mode. To get the best result however it is advisable to take the shot in a colour mode and use the photo manipulation program like Adobe Photoshop to transform the image to the desired shade.
Learning the basic photography skills will make the use of these high tech SLRS cameras easier and fun. The quality of work also automatically gets better.