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Shuttle Discovery Final Flight

I had the coolest time shooting the final liftoff of the Space Shuttle Discovery this past week. With all the hype and worry surrounding the NASA shuttle program, this was indeed one cool shoot that I am very appreciative of being able to cover. Not everyone gets the chance to stand this close to a rocket and I will never forget the feeling of it taking off.

I set a Canon 7d remote camera set up in the swamps facing a waterway with a sound trigger to activate the camera upon liftoff. The trigger turns the camera on from its sleep mode about 10 minutes before the scheduled liftoff time. The “awake” camera automatically starts snapping images when the sound trigger hears a loud noise. The shuttle is loud when the boosters fire up and this starts the image capture.
I have a lot of people to thank in helping me learn the ropes on this type of shooting but I want to put a big shout out to Don Montague and Red Huber. They know what they are doing and are not afraid or too stuck up to share their knowledge!
By the way, we went to retrieve our camera’s at about 10p.m. in the pitch black and we encountered monster mosquitos and a rather large alligator in the water keeping watch on my tripod. It’s always an adventure here in Florida.
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  • Any person that has ever ventured into Central Florida has surely seen the billboards promoting Gatorland. ┬áReptiles abound and man challenges gators by wrestling them into submission, you can even see them eat chicken meat……Colonel Sanders would be so proud. On December 31 our Florida resident annual family pass expired so I grabbed my 5 year old Blaze and we headed out to smell the attraction one last time. I brought a 70-200 and he brought his point and shoot. These are the best images we could come up with, however, if you want to snap your own images be sure to check out the $20 early morning ticket to enter the gates just after sunrise. Blaze and I are waiting to venture out there after dark with our cameras and a flashlight, it will be fun.