Space Shuttle Atlantis Liftoff STS-135

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    3-2-1 liftoff!

    Space Shuttle Atlantis taking-off for the final time from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida on July 8th 2011.

    I photographed this from the NASA Causeway, from approximately six miles away using a Canon EF 500mmm f4L lens mounted on an EOS 7D body.

    The image colours and sharpness have been tweaked a little in Lightroom, but the image is un-cropped.

    Find out more about my trip to Florida at:

    www.cameralabs.com/features/STS-135_Space_Shuttle_Atlanti...

    davedehetre, Sekou Welle, Unlimit℮d, and 27 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Sekou Welle 76 months ago | reply

      Canon EOS 7D got it, Gordon you are the man!

    2. Unlimit℮d 76 months ago | reply

      Thing of beauty right there. I'm sad I never got to see one in person :(

      --
      Found in a search. (?)

    3. Blunder 76 months ago | reply

      Nice, I got the 7D on your recommendation.

    4. domestic empire 76 months ago | reply

      Finally got it then Gordon. Congratulations :)

      Look forward to seeing more.

    5. Cameralabs 76 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone! More photos to come! I just added a video to the page at cameralabs too,..

    6. simage61 76 months ago | reply

      Wow Gordon ! Excellent ! Thanks for posting the full size image for us to enjoy !
      I like your video with the crowd noise as well. Better than the stale TV coverage.

    7. leapyearbrian 76 months ago | reply

      Well done Gordon glad you caught the lift off.Wonderful shot.

    8. TropicArtPhoto 76 months ago | reply

      Im so glad you finally got to see a launch...can't wait for more pics.

    9. cjlcricket 76 months ago | reply

      In cases like this, it doesn't matter how the photograph came out...it's the fact that you were there and a the photograph is a bonus.....but YOU WERE THERE! As a Floridian, I was discouraged to travel the distance from west to east due to the fact we were having tropical rains here...not to mention the Shuttle only had a 30% chance of launch! Been through enough scrubs. So I sat here and cried, proud to be a Floridian, honored to be an American.....no next time, chance lost forever. Congratulations Gordon, I'm very happy for you, what an experience!! The expenses you incurred, the distances you have traveled and the enthusiasm you brought makes me, as a novice photographer, realize that I can see the world with my passion for photography! Great shot, amazing story. Thanks for sharing!!

    10. aluxious 76 months ago | reply

      you did it! congrats!!! wish i was there too :(

    11. Denise Rose Photography 75 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot! I'm so envious!

    12. Noel Glynn 74 months ago | reply

      am a proud 7D owner my self......excellent shot..well done...........tnx for all the info , love, and am an avid reader of your web site....keep up the good work...................

    13. Dave Waldrup [deleted] 44 months ago | reply

      Nice work and thanks for sharing.
      Here's STS-117 June, 2007 with my
      old Canon Rebel Xsi, Canon 70-300
      from 3 miles away:
      davewaldrup.smugmug.com/Air-
      and-Space/Jim-Reilly-STS-117/i-
      JtzqDTF

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