Astronaut Tim Peake is the author of a bunch of stunning Earth photos from space, all of them having been captured with Nikon D4 DSLRs and a few Nikon and Sigma lenses, that you certainly have to see.
The International Space Station is still going strong. Launched in space back in 1998, it usually houses 6 astronauts aboard. At this moment, the crew size also stands at 6, with astronauts from NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and Roscosmos (Russia’s space agency) conducting scientific experiments.
Among them, there is one person with a keen eye for photography. His name is Timothy Nigel Peake and he is a former British Army Air Corps officer, who is now working for the ESA. He has been in space since December 2015 and he has been enchanting his followers with a load of breathtaking Earth photos from space.
Astronaut Tim Peake shoots astonishing Earth photos from space
One of the best things about the rise of social media is the fact that astronauts can communicate directly with us from space. Beside the informative notions they share, we are often bombarded with beautiful photographs and we are hoping that it never stops.
UK-based Tim Peake is posting a lot of pictures on this Twitter and Flickr accounts. His shots are depicting amazing parts of our planet as well as events. The former includes the Mozambique coastline, while the latter represents the Alberta, Canada wildfires.
Following either of Peake’s accounts, you will catch glimpses of the sand dunes in Saudi Arabia, the Grand Canyon, Kamchatka volcanoes in Russia, the Alps, and Italy’s Mount Etna. There’s a big collection of our planet’s most amazing places, but words do not do justice to the photographs.
Nikon D4 DSLR is the cosmonaut’s camera choice
The astronaut is also asked a lot of questions. As his Earth photos from space are astounding, it does not come as a surprise that the most popular question is concerning his gear. Thankfully, Tim Peake has addressed it and the mystery has been revealed.
It seems like the British spaceman has six Nikon D4 DSLRs in his possession aboard the ISS. Each one is connected to a different lens, as we can see in the photo he shared on both Twitter and Flickr.
From left to right, we have the Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D AF, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM, AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED II, and AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR.
What you cannot see in the photo is the gear used to capture the aforementioned shot. With that being said, it consists of an AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED wide-angle zoom. Overall, it looks like astronaut Tim Peake has an impressive line-up aboard the ISS, one that would many any photographer jealous.