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12-30-2017, 09:22 PM   #1
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Rocket Launch Photography

Here is an article about rocket launch photography - the video is interesting!
On an unusually clear fall afternoon at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif., Matt Hartman lugged a tripod, camera and heavily-modified plastic Home Depot bucket to the edge of a hill overlooking a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a launch pad.

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Thanks for sharing that. I like the sign at 1:44.
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Nice catch!
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Very cool article

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This is very interesting, indeed. Lots of considerations in setting up for those images that I certainly wouldn't have thought necessary.

This is also useful for me from the standpoint of learning how to better stabilize weather-proof enclosures on tripods. I have a small polypropylene box (~8"x6"x12") that's set up for taking long timelapse sequences in bad weather, but the greatest challenge I have is keeping it from shaking (even ever so slightly - which can ruin a sequence) in the wind when it's mounted on a tripod. I obviously need more tent stakes and tie-downs!

Thanks for posting this!
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Thank you for sharing the link. For any of you interested, there's always the SpaceShipTwo engine tests out of Mojave Spaceport. Not sure if they're are still happening but I caught the one on 10/31/2014 and the unfortunate aftermath. Not exactly the same as a ground launch but still potentially interesting and money-making.


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