Solid rocket boosters fall away..

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Hi Everyone,

long time no post!

I went to the river and attempted to capture some shots of the launch: i was about 35 miles downrange.

A wide angle view:

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with 70-200VR/TC 1.7:
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My favorite shot even though teeny-tiny: boosters falling away

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A dolphin surprised me while waiting for crowds to clear:

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And one last shotbefore I left. The fat part in the middle of the cloud is the result of when you hear " Go with throttle up" ..which is a chilling sentance for me. The first shuttle launch I viewed live was the tragic one on that very cold january day.
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OK, way cool.
35 miles is way closer than I was. (in TX)

BTW the VR/1.7 combo is a great one. I use mine on it and my 300f4 which is amazingly sharp but needs a better tripod that I have(uh-oh...$ alert).
 
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Hi Trish! Wow - great shots. I know what you mean, I was on the edge of my chair after the launch. I can't tell you how nervous I'm gonna be on re-entry, but it's all gonna be good!
 
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Hey Trish! Glad to see you post these! Saw your post on dpr but I'm not registered there so couldn't reply. Really like shot #3 -- great timing! And I also like the last one. It seemed the skies were much better "over there" than they were "over here". We had puffy clouds so I couldn't watch the SRBs fall off. Usually you can see them even with the naked eye. I love seeing the smoke trail even long after the shuttles/rockets have launched.

Thanks again for sharing!
 
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Vernon t said:
OK, way cool.
35 miles is way closer than I was. (in TX)

BTW the VR/1.7 combo is a great one. I use mine on it and my 300f4 which is amazingly sharp but needs a better tripod that I have(uh-oh...$ alert).
Hi vernon,

I was using the door frame as my tripod...I usually hand-hold 95% of my shots.
 
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Kevin Scott said:
Hey Trish! Glad to see you post these! Saw your post on dpr but I'm not registered there so couldn't reply. Really like shot #3 -- great timing! And I also like the last one. It seemed the skies were much better "over there" than they were "over here". We had puffy clouds so I couldn't watch the SRBs fall off. Usually you can see them even with the naked eye. I love seeing the smoke trail even long after the shuttles/rockets have launched.

Thanks again for sharing!
Kevin!
I have been much more of a lurker these days...the carpal tunnel keeps me off the keyboard :( . I save my hands mostly for shooting and PP. But I have missed participating on forums..so I am trying to post more.

it was not cloudy here; just hazy for the launch. harry keeps asking me to try out his 500mm...I don't want to even touch it becuase then I will want one...but I imagine the 500 would have captured quite a bit better.

PS..have been watching your posts...you are doing an excellent job!
 
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Hi Trish! Wow - great shots. I know what you mean, I was on the edge of my chair after the launch. I can't tell you how nervous I'm gonna be on re-entry, but it's all gonna be good!
thanks. Yup...fingers crossed too!
 
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greyflash said:
Thanks for sharing your experience Trish. Sounds like you had fun and have some images to prove it.
hi gordon,

It was worth the wait!
 
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nice shots...

hey Trish,

Thanks for sharing. My biggest hope is that everyone comes home safe and sound.

-JM
 
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