Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
  #1
Space Shuttle Launch
Lens: Sigma 150-500 + 2xTC Camera: K20D Photo Location: Cape Canaveral ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/750s Aperture: F6.7 
Posted By: tpeace, 02-26-2011, 05:36 AM

Shot from Bennett Causeway (US 528) 11 miles away from launch tower. (This is the closest public viewing location without an access pass to the base.)







Booster rocket separation:



Regards,
-tom

Last edited by tpeace; 02-26-2011 at 05:44 AM.
Views: 2,292
02-26-2011, 06:06 AM   #2
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
daacon's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Alberta,Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 20,915
Very cool Tom I'll bet it was deafining even at that distance. First couple are great and I did not know that was the closest the public is allowed.
02-26-2011, 08:35 AM   #3
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
slowpez's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: South Carolina, USA
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 18,433
Thanks so much for posting these. We would have loved to have been there but couldn't manage it and you gave us a great substitute.
02-26-2011, 08:55 AM   #4
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Douglas_of_Sweden's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Stockholm
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,375
Number two has fantastic colors!
Was this the launch from yesterday? The last mission for this space shuttle?

02-26-2011, 09:17 AM   #5
Aon
Veteran Member




Join Date: Jun 2010
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 369
A fine view of the launch, thanks for sharing.
02-26-2011, 01:35 PM   #6
Millionth Poster!
Scottnorwo's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Stafford, New York
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,077
Awesome shots.
02-26-2011, 03:12 PM   #7
Veteran Member
tpeace's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Florida
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 431
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
Very cool Tom I'll bet it was deafining even at that distance. First couple are great and I did not know that was the closest the public is allowed.

It isn't really deafening, but you do hear it. The slightly wierd thing is that it takes a little bit of time for the the sound to reach you at that distance. Then after another 10 seconds or so the ground begins to shake.

You can get a bit of sense of sounds in this video I shot (with the K7)

[YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL-c-2TYPQs[/YT]

QuoteOriginally posted by slowpez Quote
Thanks so much for posting these. We would have loved to have been there but couldn't manage it and you gave us a great substitute.
Hope you can make one of the last two (April 19th and June 28th). It really is an incredible experience. Also very cool how many great people I meet in the crowd. lots of serious amatuer photographers show up and we have some great conversations while waiting for the launch. Worth the drive down from SC!

QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
Number two has fantastic colors!
Was this the launch from yesterday? The last mission for this space shuttle?
Yes, these are from Thursday's launch.


Regards,
-tom
02-26-2011, 05:33 PM   #8
Veteran Member
seacapt's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: North Carolina , USA
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,270
Very cool Tom. Can you still get out on Canaveral Pier to watch launches?

02-26-2011, 06:59 PM   #9
Otis Memorial Pentaxian
RobG's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Canberra
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 6,316
Wish I could have seen one of the shuttle launches in person. Thanks for posting!
02-26-2011, 08:47 PM   #10
Veteran Member




Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Ferguson, Mo.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,348
Thanks Tom,really like that first shot.Alot more fun to see it covered by you,
MikeR...hopefully others,than some staid 'talkin head' on the telly.
02-26-2011, 09:22 PM   #11
Veteran Member
tpeace's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Florida
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 431
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by seacapt Quote
Very cool Tom. Can you still get out on Canaveral Pier to watch launches?
I believe the pier is open for public. Lot's of folks watch from the beaches near there. They can't see the rocket until it clears the launch pad but they get a nice view once it gets into flight.

For anyone thinking about going to the next launch in April be aware it is scheduled for about an hour after sunset so effectively it will be a night launch. That means it is very difficult to photograph because there is no light on the shuttle which is atop very bright rocket exhaust flames. No way the camera sensor can pick up both.

Here's my suggestion for photographing it if you go:

I usually do a long exposure for the night launches and try to get a light trail of the shuttle's path from the launch tower arching into the eastern sky. You don't actually need to be anywhere near Cape Canaveral for this. Anywhere along the beach from Fort Pierce (about 100 miles away) north should work.

Regards,
-tom
02-27-2011, 01:59 AM   #12
Inactive Account




Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,310
Good pictures, nr 2 is really cool! Thanks for showing us!
02-27-2011, 02:22 AM   #13
Veteran Member




Join Date: Aug 2009
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,235
Very interesting!
02-27-2011, 02:45 AM   #14
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Dallas / Yucatan
Posts: 1,185
Those photographs are taken from 11 miles away? miles? Wow.... that's incredible. You did a fine job and I love the colors on #2. The first is a great shot through the atmospheric interference (water vapor, haze) from such a distance!

Yes, people take pictures of things miles away, but generally speaking, large objects like mountains, whatever. These are great shots.

Thank you for sharing them.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, photo
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Get Me To A Shuttle Launch! Nowhere Matt Travel, Events, and Groups 43 04-20-2010 09:35 AM
Shuttle Launch graphicgr8s General Talk 36 08-29-2009 06:12 PM
Shuttle Launch Today 5-11-09 Fl_Gulfer General Talk 10 05-13-2009 03:34 PM
Tips for shooting Space Shuttle launch tomorrow. two68s Photographic Technique 3 06-03-2008 07:28 AM
Night launch of the space shuttle rfortson Post Your Photos! 12 03-19-2008 05:59 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:29 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top