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Category Archives: Launch
I missed the remote control camera setup on Tuesday
for the Atlas V rocket launch, but couldn’t get the thought of missing this opportunity to film at Cape Canaveral out of my mind. When a rocket blasts off and you are within sight and close enough to taste the smoke, there is no better feeling. To describe it would not do it justice…..AWESOMENESS exploded!!!!
So I decided that with perfect blue skies, I would go for the 5:38 launch on Wednesday.
Keeping in mind that both of my sons have a science fair at school this Monday, and both of them are featuring rockets and launchers….I decided to pluck them from school, grab our swimming trunks and 4 Canon cameras…..and off we were…they were thrilled!
We of course had to stop at the Twistee Treat ice cream stand on the way, (Don Montague, you know what Im talking about)…..with our bellies full we set out towards Playalinda Beach.
The crowds at the park were pretty fierce and we had to drive a bit to park in a secondary parking lot. After loading up, we crossed the boardwalk over the dunes to see 4 foot waves and about 1000 spectators who had the same plans we did.
After setting up a pocket wizard remote to the 70-200, the boys jumped into the Florida surf. You could barely hear their screams of joy over the hovering helicopters flying overhead, but the smiles on their faces told the whole story.
Twenty minutes later, we were lined up in the waves, firing 4 cameras as the rocket lifted off towards space….
The launch actually went on time without a hitch and it was back into the water until the rangers ordered us to leave…
We had to stop on the way out to let a 5 foot long alligator cross right in front of my truck……thats when I heard the words I love to hear…..”This is the best day ever Dad!”
I hope this wont be our last launch……
Well, just shoot it from the front yard as it will surely be bright enough to see from 45 miles away. These rockets are usually pretty cool to watch during the daytime when the smoke trail rises and spreads across the sky, but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect after sunset.
I grabbed my son Blaze, age 8, who is a master at the Canon 30D. He set up shop under our palm tree by the streetlight. Using a remote trigger, we set the camera up on the bulb setting and I instructed him to use the trigger when the ship was aloft.
Here is the result of one of his grabs…….not too shabby.
Unfortunately, he can’t get access to the launch pad until he turns 18…..!
Anyways, I set out 2 remote triggers (thanks Alan Walters for your loaner) with the hopes that at least one would fire this time, and boy did I get lucky…..
The mission itself is an incredible dream, to send a rocket to Jupiter to try and find out some really cool stuff about the planet and other info that is way above my pay grade, all in all it will take 5 years to discover cool things before it suicide bombs itself into the planet….never to be seen or heard from again….
Let me say, the fact that scientists can determine how to get this ship there in the first place is downright incredible, but to get it off of the ground in the first place in mindblowing. This sucker fired off after about 50 minutes in delays but when it did the earth seemed to stand still. The power of this beast can not be shared, you had to see it to believe it….and I did, along with other photographers from the top of the Vehicle Assembly Building at KSC. What a day!
The images you see here are what I shot and I can’t wait to go back and shoot every type of rocket NASA puts up, it truly is inspiring and dramatic at the same time and the imagery is spectacular….When the smoke clears and the shadow of the trailing smoke highlights the sky, you realize just how lucky we are to see such sights. I am very thankful to the volunteers and NASA workers who allow us to snap memories everytime one launches…….
Until next time, enjoy.
Today SpaceX launched its Dragon spacecraft into low-Earth orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 10:43 AM EST from the Air Force Station at Cape Canaveral. This is a very significant step towards getting the US space program back on its feet after the Space Shuttle program ends.
I was very fortunate to have people like Red Huber and Don Montague guide me in the proper techniques of setting up remote cameras for this launch. I will be forever indebted to them for their patience and expertise.
This was by far one of the coolest setups I have done to date and the space program just blows my mind!
I will be featuring a story on rockets and ‘rocket clubs” in the upcoming issue of Orlando Sports Mag right after Christmas. I will keep you posted.
Liftoff has been set for November 30 and I will be back there setting up remote cameras the day before. Check back for the images that should feature the shuttle launching at night!
Where has the time gone? I know, I know,….I have been VERY busy trying to run 3 businesses, shoot, travel, edit and play with my 2 youngsters…..all while trying to sell more business. If you are in the media/ad business then you know exactly what I am talking about. Anyhoo, here comes the first of what should be a slew of updates coming your way soon, I promise. Lets start with a few very quick posts on the Shuttle-129 mission that I shot about a month ago. I am doing a story on Astronaut Leland Melvin, a former NFL football player and his training methods… Look for the article in the January issue of OrlandoSportsMag.
Here are a few quick snaps that I edited for your viewing pleasure. I will get caught up over the Holidays….enjoy!