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Old 11-27-2011, 10:46 AM #22
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Launch day.

The first order of business was getting to the VAB - This building, for anyone unfamiliar. Originally designed to assemble the massive Saturn V rocket, it is one of the largest buildings in the world by volume. After the Apollo program ended, the shuttle program moved in. The building easily dwarfed the size of a stacked shuttle, which was only half the height of a Saturn V. This is where Atlantis was lifted and mated to the external tank and solid rocket boosters for the last time back in May.

We board a bus at about 8:30 and drive over to one of the security gates at the VAB. After a bit of a delay we're let through and dropped off by a door. We're led inside and take a walk down the transfer aisle, stopping at an elevator across from High Bay 4 (Where a certain somebody was looking lonely). We pile in, but it takes two trips to get everyone. This elevator goes to the 36th floor. From there, we have to transfer to a smaller elevator that goes to the 42nd floor - The roof, some 500 feet up.

That NASA UH-1 I've seen on so many previous launches is now flying below us. From here we'll have the best unobstructed view of the launch.

1. The Crawlerway and Pad 39A.


2. The subject of today's adventure, Mars Science Laboratory aboard an Atlas V at SLC-41. 200mm here.


3. And 600mm here (That's not sensor dust, that's a helicopter from Patrick AFB).


4. Liftoff! Right on time, 10:02 AM. VAB perspective, 600mm.


5. Looking good.


Now, how did those remotes do? This is the nerve wracking part, waiting for the go to return to the pad and find out what went wrong. Did it rain and soak the lens? Did the trigger fail? Was the camera blown away?

When we return to the pad, the smell of the SRB exhaust is still in the air. The liquid oxygen tank is still bleeding off, leaving a splash of snow on the ground. Lots of debris has been tossed downrange of the flame trench, ranging from foam to concrete, and the grass has all been swept in one direction, like a giant comb had gone through it.

As it turns out, none of those horrible things happened to the remotes, and for the first time they all performed flawlessly.

Remote camera #1 - 24mm on Rebel XT. Slight crop on #6.
6.


7.


Remote camera #2 - 18mm on 30D. Kit lens, again!
8.


9.


10.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:50 AM #23
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:01 AM #24
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I agree, 8 is DOPE. Mike, how do you set your exposure? Thanks for the writeup.
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:43 AM #25
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Skip, you dont even live in the US any more, your opinion doesn't count...
I like the title... although something along the lines of "Were you listening to the dudes story Donnie?" would have been a better one.
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do you guys ever browse through your older shots just to go "hmm, this isn't as bad as i thought" or "what the hell was i thinking?!"
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do you guys ever browse through your older shots just to go "hmm, this isn't as bad as i thought" or "what the hell was i thinking?!"
I browse through my current shots and think those things.....


Hell, I took an old photo and edited it up today. Sometimes I feel good about what I've done, sometimes I hate it. Very love hate.
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I browse through my current shots and think those things.....


Hell, I took an old photo and edited it up today. Sometimes I feel good about what I've done, sometimes I hate it. Very love hate.
usually with my current ones i like them when i'm editing them, and then once i upload then i go...

and i'm the same way. very hit or miss
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I spit my coffee all over my iPad screen thanks address please so can send the bill your way

EDIT: Put my d700 on FM F/S an left for a hour an had 20+ offers when I can back
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this wins best of best of v30 imo
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EDIT: Put my d700 on FM F/S an left for a hour an had 20+ offers when I can back
Saw that. For that price I'm not at all surprised. I almost jumped on it myself.
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Your stuff never ceases to amaze me Mike.

Saw that. For that price I'm not at all surprised. I almost jumped on it myself.
I think the price is fair since I do t have a box or a working charger ATM
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this wins best of best of v30 imo
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I agree, 8 is DOPE. Mike, how do you set your exposure? Thanks for the writeup.
super curious about this as well.
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this wins best of best of v30 imo
na the other cameras in the frame and the wm is distracting... 4/10
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Idea to make things a little more fun/photo oriented.

Every thread, lets start naming a "best pic in thread" and the best picture can be shown in the 1st post of the next thread. OG's/members can help decide which pic wins. whether the contest is open to non-members is up to us as a whole.

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Mike wins already with shot 8. Such a tight shot!!


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