Space Shuttle Discovery Launch 10 Second Exposure of Smoke Trail

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    July 1, 2012 UPDATE.... So sad to hear of the death of Captain Alan Poindexter, the Commander of the STS-131. Here is a copy & paste of the email I received from him after returning from this mission.... Rest in Peace:

    date: Sat, May 22, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    subject: Your 131 Launch Pics

    Hi Danny,

    My name is Alan Poindexter. I was the Commander of STS-131. We've been searching for a launch picture like yours. You seem to be the only one that caught it at just the right time with the plume, the high altitude clouds and the great light of early morning. Really, really nice work!!!

    If you feel so inclined, I'd love to be able to have a copy of your Raw file for my own personal use. I know that you are selling these prints, so I would be extra careful with it. I just would like to have it in my library.

    As you may know, I'm a bit of a photographer myself. I hope that you've been able to view some of my work from the shuttle and space station, as well as the time lapse movie that was released to the internet yesterday.

    I took over 14,000 images on 131. As soon as I can, I'll have the selects up on a gallery and will send you a link.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

    Thanks,
    Alan Poindexter

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    NO HDR ON THIS ONE BOYS AND GIRLS!

    ** THAT IS NOT THE ROCKET BOOSTER! **

    About 5 minutes after the Space Shuttle Discovery took off this morning, I was able to capture the orbiter before it dipped below the horizon on its journey to the International Space Station.

    This was shortly after finishing a long 264 second exposure of the launch itself. I can honestly say that if I would have gone to a launch over 20 years ago when I first got to Florida, I probably would not have missed another. If you haven't experienced a launch in person, you don't know what you are missing!

    f5.6, ISO 200, 10 seconds @ 15mm

    Special thanks to Trey Ratcliff from Stuck In Customs for inspiring me to look at things in a different light! Click here to visit Stuck In Customs.

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    8. R-Joy's Photos 31 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot!

    9. Stefan Schinning 30 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning!

    10. Mező, Kornél (mostly away) 29 months ago | reply

      wonderful

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    11. Lightbender 29 months ago | reply

      A remarkable image... just stunning...

    12. Virginian Highlander 27 months ago | reply

      your photo has been stolen, see here: whmsoft.net/services/related_search.php?keyword=shuttle+l...

      I have "closed" my account because of this guy thieving from me

    13. dgmiami 27 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the info... I just sent the offending site a demand letter and asking them to pay damages. Sent you a copy of the email I just sent via flickr message here.

    14. simonwaroberts 16 months ago | reply

      Super capture, I love it.

    15. Mr. janhe_10 15 months ago | reply

      Most fantastic work!!! And what an honor to have received Commander Pointdexter's mail. I'm sure he was really pleased with your capture. Felicitaciones!!

    16. stuff on film 14 months ago | reply

      Spectacular, unique.

    17. AnimaliaPhotos.com 13 months ago | reply

      So sad to hear about his tragic passing, what an exceptional view he must have had from "up there". This is a spectacular image and I am glad you took it. Congrats and may he rest in peace to one day soar amongst the stars again.

    18. dgmiami 13 months ago | reply

      Thank you Adriano!

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