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Space Shuttle Discovery's last ride.

 
Eksath
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Sep 24, 2010 16:19 |  #1

As Discovery heads towards retirement at the Smithsonian there will be a lot of "lasts". This is one such one. Her last scheduled rollout for STS 133 in Nov.

Enjoy

The whole series is here:

http://www.atapattu.ne​t/sts133rollout/atapat​tu00.html (external link)

This is just one:

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Sep 24, 2010 19:04 |  #2

Awesome shots Suresh! Thanks for the memories of one of my favorite vehicles.


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Sep 24, 2010 22:59 as a reply to  @ Go4EVA!'s post |  #3

I get to see the shuttle every day. And I am still amazed at the lines, beauty, and power it holds. Great image.


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Sep 24, 2010 23:05 |  #4

Wow...cool, seldom seen shot! Great stuff. Thank you.


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Sep 25, 2010 02:35 |  #5

very nice




  
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Sep 25, 2010 22:40 |  #6

Go4EVA! wrote in post #10972929 (external link)
Awesome shots Suresh! Thanks for the memories of one of my favorite vehicles.


Sure. anytime. It is a race against time to document as much unique views as possible before this is history. I am doing all possible angles at different points in processing.




  
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Sep 26, 2010 09:30 |  #7

Very nice. I especially like #6.


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Sep 26, 2010 13:58 as a reply to  @ Eksath's post |  #8

I've been blessed with a NASA invite to see this launch.
Any tips about shooting the STS-133 launch from the Causeway?



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Sep 26, 2010 20:20 |  #9

That is really awesome!


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Sep 27, 2010 09:22 |  #10

Timphoto wrote in post #10981260 (external link)
I've been blessed with a NASA invite to see this launch.
Any tips about shooting the STS-133 launch from the Causeway?

It is approx. 6 miles from the causeway to pad39A. You will be shooting over water. There is water in front of you and more that you cannot see behind the bushes. With a 445pm launch and Florida weather, there will be a high probability of heat haze. If you use too much lens, you will just amplify the distortion. As she rises beyond the water cloud she will most likely get clearer. At that point as she goes into the roll, the zoom or high prime lens will be effective. Just my thoughts on your location.




  
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Sep 27, 2010 10:12 |  #11

wow gorgeous shots, I wish I had that kind of clearance to get to where you were.


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Sep 27, 2010 16:23 |  #12

Eksath wrote in post #10986287 (external link)
It is approx. 6 miles from the causeway to pad39A. You will be shooting over water. There is water in front of you and more that you cannot see behind the bushes. With a 445pm launch and Florida weather, there will be a high probability of heat haze. If you use too much lens, you will just amplify the distortion. As she rises beyond the water cloud she will most likely get clearer. At that point as she goes into the roll, the zoom or high prime lens will be effective. Just my thoughts on your location.

Sounds like my 100-400 might be enough. I'd rather not haul a rented 500 around. What do you think?



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Sep 27, 2010 20:02 |  #13

Timphoto wrote in post #10988745 (external link)
Sounds like my 100-400 might be enough. I'd rather not haul a rented 500 around. What do you think?

I guess it is an individual decision of how much clarity you want in the shot and what you are willing to compromise or gamble with i.e. if your equipment and photo skills will thread the needle of the weather,distance and the launch dynamics. A lot of variables but certainly not impossible. You have at least got a decent location. So that is a start.

Here are some samples. Good luck. I hope the weather will be cool and dry in Nov as that will have a significant effect on image quality.

The camera details are in the caption.

3.1 miles on a dry day.

3.1 miles from pad39A. Ground position unelevated (external link)

3.5 miles on a hot day. Same setup as above.

3.5 miles to Pad39B on a hot day (external link)

4.1 miles on a winter day. dry and no humidity

Same setup as above from a tower (external link)

same as above for everything

Same location as above (external link)




  
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Sep 27, 2010 20:14 |  #14

Very nice work, very informative too.

Out of curiousity, how did you get to be able to take photos from within the hangar?


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Sep 28, 2010 09:20 |  #15

Harm wrote in post #10990157 (external link)
Very nice work, very informative too.

Out of curiousity, how did you get to be able to take photos from within the hangar?

Thanks. It is work related. I actually get paid to be there. ;-)a




  
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