ULA finally got the Delta IV Heavy launched last night after more than a few scrubbed attempts. It was spectacular to see and feel the ground shake from the three engines igniting.
Thanks, Ken. There are a lot of launches coming up in 2021 so (hopefully) the opportunity presents itself soon. The Space X crew missions to the International Space Station bring in a lot of launch viewers. They are great to watch and would be a great experience you both. Hopefully Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex will be open when you visit.Absolutely beautiful! I am very jealous. My FIL in FL is a retied jet engineer (who worked on a part of the Apollo-Soyuz mission) and I have been wanting to take him to a rocket launch for years, but we have never been able to arrange anything.
Thanks, Phil. Probably about 8-10 miles from the launch pad. It took a few seconds for the sound and ground rumble to get to us.Great image! How far away were you?
Thanks!That is amazing. So well thought out to capture the arc of the rocket in the frame at that shutter speed. A bit of Fibonacci!
Thanks, Mike. Very much appreciated.Wow! DOUBLE WOW! Great job, Tony!
Thanks, everyone. Comments are very much appreciated. A few have asked where and how I shot this. I setup at an area along Florida State Road 528/A1A, just west of Port Canaveral, along the shore of the Indian River Lagoon. You can see the cruise ships and Exploration Tower at the port from this spot. If you use Google Maps, find Port Canaveral, then follow A1A where it turns west. There are two spots on the map named “Rocket Launch Viewing Area” - I was at the east one. If you come and want to shoot from here you need to get there at least 2 hours before the launch to get a spot but I would recommend 3 to get good parking, too.That's a wonderful shot! I see the shutter speed was 117 sec. Were you shooting aperture priority to get that shutter speed? The arc and reflection are just great!