Achievement Unlocked: Attempt a Pad Streak With a direct nod to those who blazed the trail before me, I present my attempt to pull off a rocket streak using a pad camera, during the day. With apologies to anyone I'm forgetting to acknowledge in this tag-fest, the first time I saw this kind of shot was Bill Ingalls' fabulous pad streak of a Soyuz. Alan Walters' pad streaks are amazing, and John Studwell and Bill Jelen have joined the party as well. Ben Cooper is doing next-level streak imagery; specifically, the landing streak he did is the stuff of legends. And, it was Bill Jelen aka Mr. Excel who, after successfully capturing a pad streak last launch, brought an extra camera to my house the other night with the specific suggestion that I try the streak. (The camera is actually Jared Haworth's camera that he leaves in Florida for We Report Space to, well, report space.) So, here it is. This is actually 2 frames, both of them 20-second exposures shot through a 10-stop ND filter. I'm using 2 frames to bring out some of the detail that was obscured in the first (the launch) frame; by the time the second exposure fired, much of the cloud had dissipated. Initial edits were done in Lightroom, the composite was done in Photoshop and then final edits were done (again) in Lightroom. Again, my thanks to my photographic colleagues who I am so fortunate to learn from, and imitate. (Photo by Michael Seeley / We Report Space) — at Launch Pad 39-A.
At 5:07pm (ET) on June 3, 2017, SpaceX successfully launched the #CRS11 #Falcon9 rocket, carrying a previously flown #Dragon capsule to resupply the International Space Station. This was the 100th launch from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, and the first time a previously flown (aka "flight-proven", per Elon Musk) capsule was used as the payload. (Photos by Michael Seeley / We Report Space)
The #SES10 #Falcon9 launch by #SpaceX w/ the "flight proven" #CRS8 1st stage, seen from the pad. (Pic by Michael Seeley / We Report Space)
So when I said a moment ago that I was done with the gratuitious and excessive edits to my CRS10 images, apparently I was kidding. The response to the raindrops was quite positive, so much so that for this edit, I'm fully embracing the ascetic, taking it in an almost laughable direction. (I can almost hear Jared Haworth groaning when he sees this edit.) Edits done in Lightroom and then Color efex Pro. (Photos by Michael Seeley / We Report Space)
#GOESR #AtlasV Twilight shot: Denied. This is a completely hacked shot. It's a combination of two frames taken off my backup streak camera. The first frame was taken at 5:20pm as the sun was setting. She sky was just brilliant, and the sun was throwing lovely oranges and reds downrange. The second frame is a 163 second exposure of the streak, taken at 6:42pm. I'm showing it here to show a version of the shot we were hoping for, but as the launch slipped to the end of the window, we ended up shooting a full nighttime launch. I'm still not sure what issues United Launch Alliance needed to work out (and then the range got involved, also adding a few minutes to the delay), but despite missing the twilight, it was still a really lovely launch. Tech specs: Frame 1: 13 second exposure, f7.1, ISO 100 through a 10 stop ND filter Frame 2: 163 second exposure, f20, ISO 100 Both were at 10mm (on a crop sensor). Frames processed in Lightroom and then stacked in Photoshop.
Shots from the pad during the launch of the SpaceX Falcon9 CRS9 mission to resupply the International Space Station.
This is a single, 483 second exposure of the Falcon9 CRS9 rocket, launched at 12:45a on July 18, 2016 from CCAFS.
This photo was chosen as NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day for July 21, 2016. View it here.
This image was also used in the November, 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine. Link to the article is here.
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