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Mar 09, 2016 19:16 |  #1

Hey Everyone,

Last Friday SpaceX finally launched their latest SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket after 4 scrubbed attempts. I made the drive each time, it was pretty heartbreaking when they scrubbed, especially for the boat that went into the keep out zone. All scrubs were caused by the super cooled liquid oxygen propellant. Unfortunately all the launches caused them to reschedule the launch time ten minutes earlier then the first attempt. This combined with the changing sunset time, caused the sky to be too bright for a long exposure without a filter. I got to the launch on time and waited to see if I could bring my shutter speed down to 2 minutes, but was unable to. I was also unable to get my 3 stop ND filter on in time. I settled for 35 shorter exposures back to back ranging from 5 sec to 8 sec long. I combined them in post. This one took me a while to edit since it ended up being about 5 gigabytes by the end. The total exposure time ends up being about ~230s.

I like to know what you think. Comments are welcome and critique is encouraged. I think the sun reflecting off the smoke trail might draw the eye too much, but I would like to get more opinions on it.

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Mar 09, 2016 22:29 |  #2

Nice capture .




  
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Mar 09, 2016 23:56 |  #3

Nice work!


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Mar 10, 2016 00:06 |  #4

I think this is phenomenal! I would be happy to even see a launch and getting a great shot like this would be a huge bonus.




  
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Mar 10, 2016 01:43 as a reply to  @ andicus's post |  #5

Is this a composite image? The stars look fixed, but the entire launch sequence must have taken several minutes.


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Mar 10, 2016 06:54 |  #6

Celestron wrote in post #17930009 (external link)
Nice capture .

bumpintheroad wrote in post #17930073 (external link)
Nice work!

andicus wrote in post #17930082 (external link)
I think this is phenomenal! I would be happy to even see a launch and getting a great shot like this would be a huge bonus.

Thanks guys!

DavidWatts wrote in post #17930164 (external link)
Is this a composite image? The stars look fixed, but the entire launch sequence must have taken several minutes.

Yes, good eye. I waited for a while after the launch to get some star trails at that composition to make it look more natural, but when I used the star trails I thought they detracted from the image, so I used a single frame shot at the same location and composition. I wanted there to be a connection between earth (the foreground) and space (the stars) with the rocket moving from one to another.


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Mar 10, 2016 07:56 |  #7

Yes, Very nice work!




  
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Mar 10, 2016 11:49 |  #8

Nice shot mate!! I have attended some launches a few times and am always amazed!!!

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Mar 10, 2016 17:09 |  #9

I really like this one, well done.


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Mar 10, 2016 23:53 |  #10

Very well done.
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Mar 11, 2016 00:14 |  #11

Great shot, excellent composition. I don't think the reflected sunlight detracts from the image.

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Mar 12, 2016 12:52 |  #12

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.


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