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Old 04-06-2013, 04:31 PM   #436
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:30 AM   #437
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:09 PM   #438
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:38 AM   #439
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This image represents a culmination of multiple long drives, failed attempts and lessons learned. I travelled 5 hours round-trip to this location for at least 5 prior night launches, each months apart, and failed each time for a different reason, learning an improvement in the process. The final image, shot from a distance of 30 miles and an altitude of 900ft, was a composite of three frames shot on two cameras, as the scene far exceeded the dynamic range capturable by any current camera technology. One for the arc, roughly 3minutes at f/22, one for the exhaust and orbiter,1/2 at 3.5, and one for the stars/Jupiter, just risen, seen to the right of the base of the arc. The “comet” at the left is actually the Space Shuttle Discovery, after SRB seperation, and the “tail” is an exhaust or moisture that is always present on launch, just not usually visible. The unique timing of this particular launch, just before sunrise, meant that shortly into the launch the shuttle and it’s contrail were illuminated by the rising sun, while the pad and my location were still in pre-dawn darkness, making for great contrast. Just five minutes prior to launch the International Space Station flew overhead, and five minutes after, I parachuted down, and made a hasty egress before the sun broke the horizon.
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I’m normally an advocate of “getting it” right in-camera, but occasionally the scene can only be captured by composite. This image is the closest representation that I can create to being there, and it pales in comparison. This launch will remain one of the most memorable moments of my life. It’s incredible what we as humans can achieve when we try…
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:37 AM   #440
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:03 PM   #441
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It worked when I posted it. Looks like the site is down.

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Old 04-30-2013, 02:51 PM   #442
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:10 PM   #443
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It's working now, but I can't figure out where he parachuted 900 ft down from.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:55 PM   #444
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I think he's not saying so he won't be prosecuted. Has to be a radio tower of some kind. Florida is flat. Nothing else is that tall.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:49 AM   #445
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I wondered if it was a balloon, but it's hard to keep them steady for long shots. Radio tower would be a good guess.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:14 AM   #446
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Wait a goddamn minute.

This dude has unlawfully scaled a 900 foot radio mast at night, artfully photographed a rocket launch, and got home by parachute???!!!

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Old 05-01-2013, 07:22 AM   #447
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Well, that's a guess, since the highest elevation in the whole damn state is about 350 ft. But it seems the most logical solution, although I can't find it on Google Earth.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:57 AM   #448
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He also made a "hasty egress" which, to me, means that he got the hell out of there before he could be spotted.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:58 AM   #449
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There are nine little red dots in a vertical line in the lower left of the picture. Could this be another 900 foot radio tower? If so, this theory seems more plausible.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:30 AM   #450
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Think I got it, 1,549 feet, Guyed mast UHF/VHF-transmission U.S. Holopaw, Florida. It's about 30 miles from the cape.
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