Atlantis Launch

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I went to shoot the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis last evening with several friends, Gale, Harryb, Mike Mac, Nancy and Patrick. We met at our favorite shooting spot, a hidden away little diner with a tiki bar on the river directly across from the launch pads.
As the crow flies we are 12 miles from the pad. It's as close as you can get without a VIP pass, now reserved for family and media (3 miles) or Visitor Center Tickets around $75 each (7 miles).

Liftoff Atlantis
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She Begins the Roll
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Roll is Complete
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Cloud Trail after Launch. She launched from Pad A which is just to the right of the "little" white security boat and to the left of the VAB
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Atlantis is the lower left dot, the SRB's have just separated and are falling back to earth
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Close up of the Cloud Trail, I just love the way the trail moves with the wind, it makes such lovely patterns before it dissapates
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Cloud Trail
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Magic Cloud . . . This was a very strange cloud formation that appeared some time after the launch was over. We were sitting under the awning at the tiki bar having a beer, chimping at each others images, tickled at what we may have captured, hoping for the best (can't reshoot! - till the next launch anyway), sharing a few jokes and letting the crazy traffic die down. I've never seen this after a launch before so I have no idea where it came from, it's beautiful so I shot it.
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Our Secret Spot and Magic Cloud
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Robin, those are some great shots. Must be a real treat to see and hear live. In that last picture of yours, the smoke trails kind of look like the aurora borealis. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Well done!! That cloud formation was really strange! Had a great time and enjoyed meeting you, Mike and Harry. Meet up with you soon.

Cheers
Nancy
 
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Rick, Alex and Nancy,

Thank you for your kind comments!
We had a very good time! Hope you can make it over for the next one.
Give us a shout if you can make it.

That cloud formation was really strange and beautiful too, I've never seen that before and it did resemble the aurora!

Nancy, I really enjoyed meeting you and Patrick and we'll have to get together and do some shooting. You have my card, just shoot me an email or call. I took a look at your site this morning, WONDERFUL! Those GC shots are awesome and the Lemurs are fantastic, I really like lemurs!!!

Robin
 
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Fantastic Girl
Great job
What a great day we had.
Eat, Drink, Laugh and a launch.
Don't get no better than that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Rick, Alex and Nancy,

Thank you for your kind comments!
We had a very good time! Hope you can make it over for the next one.
Give us a shout if you can make it.

That cloud formation was really strange and beautiful too, I've never seen that before and it did resemble the aurora!

Nancy, I really enjoyed meeting you and Patrick and we'll have to get together and do some shooting. You have my card, just shoot me an email or call. I took a look at your site this morning, WONDERFUL! Those GC shots are awesome and the Lemurs are fantastic, I really like lemurs!!!

Robin
Thanks for looking at the website and glad you like the pics:smile:. Unfortunately I had forget to reset my AF from S to C for the take off:Dizzy::redface::mad::frown:. I think it is called old timers disease, but I had a few other words for it!! I guess I will just have to make another launch. All the nice equipment in the world cannot help if the brain behind the camera has shut down:rolleyes:
Will be in touch.

Nancy
 
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Cool shots Robin.
What focal length were you using?

I'd like to make it down there for a launch before they retire the shuttle.
 
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Great shots.

Back in the pre-Challenger accident days, I was at the press site (3 miles away) for several launches. Although the view was great, what I remember most was the noise and vibration of launch ... you can really "feel" it pounding in your chest. A tremendous thrill and something I'll NEVER forget.

Cheers!!

Ken
 
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Nice shots!

What camera/lens did you use? Settings etc??

I saw the launch from the Astronaut Hall of Fame building. Your shots turned out better than mine. I was using my 70 - 200 VR. I wish I would have had a TC. I guess I now will have a good reason to buy more gear if I go to another launch. :biggrin:

Those clouds after the launch were interesting!! The traffic afterwards was insane. I was staying in Lakeland. It took us about 2 hours to get there. On the drive back it took us 3 hours to go 30 miles!!:eek: It took 4 hours to get back to Lakeland. Next time I will get a place to stay nearby...
 

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