12 December 2009. At the Titan Missile Museum / Site 571-7, Sahuarita, AZ.
Silo level 8, 140 feet below ground. The jets spray water on the exhaust flames below the missile, creating steam that rises up the silo to dampen the massive sound waves from the launch (which would otherwise damage the missile before it leaves the silo).
Zeiss 21mm/2.8 ZF.2 Distagon (@ f/2.8), Nikon D3s camera (@ ISO 12800); available light, handheld.
No emulsions were harmed in the making of this image.