Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sunrise At Night


I got the opportunity to go see the space shuttle Endeavor launch last night, and what a light show that was! I was worried that I wouldn't get any pictures of it, because of the wind and the 14 mile distance. That, combined with the general difficulties of shooting at night had me worried, but I wound up getting a decent shot or two. Could have been better, but I was happy to get anything. This shot is just a few seconds after launch, so you can actually see the shuttle thanks to all the reflected light coming off of the steam clouds rolling out from under the gantry. Most of the other shots once it got in the air only show flame shooting out for hundreds of feet behind the shuttle, which isn't itself visible. Biggest drawback of the trip was the ride home, and the three hour traffic jam on a section of the ride that should have only taken about 30 minutes. And that was after we waited an hour for the traffic to clear. Oh, well, that's the price you pay, I guess.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

that is a much better sight than we saw from here. only a burst of light between clouds when the radio said 12 miles out. but then we didn't have the traffic to contend with.

Zepp said...

My Family owned a Business in Titusville, FL .. and most space launches that we attended look very similar to that one ...

Thanks for the memory, Ernie

Zepp

CaptainOT said...

One week to go, Mr. Ernie... :)


Capt