An Atlas V leaves town

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    When I leave Orlando, I'll miss only a few things about the place: Friends, food, mild winters, and NASA.

    A rocket launch, as viewed from about 12 miles away. NASA and Patrick AFB send these up all the time. Ones at night in very nice weather are a bit rare, though. This is only my second in the ~5 years I've lived near Orlando.

    I don't have a remote shutter-release for my newer camera, so I instead took several separate shots and added them together at my computer. You can see the caesura while I reach over and press the shutter release again. There's no photoshopping here, other than merging the shots into one.

    Each 30 seconds, f/10, ISO100.

    Watching it go up is cool, but the rumble is cooler.

    (on Black)

    doctian, fubuki, id10t, nunavut, and 23 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. #13 enjoyed his stay [deleted] 97 months ago | reply

      terrific. this is almost abstract in the way you've composed it and caught the reflection of the arc. well done.

    2. jhary 97 months ago | reply

      Very cool.

      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    3. J. Chris Vaughan 97 months ago | reply

      Wow, Chad. Excellent work.

      Seen in my contacts' photos.

    4. fubuki 97 months ago | reply

      very very cool. always wanted the opportunity to shoot a launch. great work, chad

    5. chadmiller 97 months ago | reply

      [updated to add fifth 30-second segment]

    6. ronaldbradford 97 months ago | reply

      Man, I so chose the wrong location. I'm very jealous.

      You got the right arc (as it was headed north, and I was south), and you have a reflection.

      My photo at


    7. mark daniel 97 months ago | reply

      sorry to hear that you're leaving town. it seems like there aren't many flickerati here in orlando.

      if you don't mind me asking, where are you leaving orlando for?

    8. chadmiller 97 months ago | reply

      mark daniel: Ireland, probably Dublin-ish. Starting late this year or early next year, and lasting at least a year.

    9. mark daniel 97 months ago | reply


      i am officially jealous.


    10. nunavut 97 months ago | reply

      soaring spirit

    11. SERENABP 97 months ago | reply

      Where are you going? What about the pups?

    12. TabascoKid [deleted] 97 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot.

    13. françois. 97 months ago | reply

      wow. bien joué.

    14. K-Rust 97 months ago | reply

      Very nicely done, Mr. Miller.

    15. Jeremy Stockwell 97 months ago | reply

      Awesome! Reminds me of this shot of a Space Shuttle launch (not mine, just one of my favorites). Nice job stitching the shots together.

      (Seen on Explore -- 7 Days)

    16. The Roaming Radiographer 97 months ago | reply

      This must be one of the most awesome manmade sights on the planet

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