Space Shuttle Launch

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Captain IK, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Captain IK

    Captain IK TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    630
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Windsor, ON. Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    As luck would have it, it appears that I will be on a beach near Cape Canaveral when the space shuttle launches Sunday evening. Thankfully I have most of my camera gear with me.

    However,
    As you may have guessed, I have yet to shoot a space shuttle launch and am i need of any tips you may have to offer.

    I can't seem to decide whether I will need to over expose the shots because of the extreme brightness of the tail flame or under expose them so that they don't get blown out.
    Help with this and any other advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks you in advance.

    BTW...Internet access is sporadic right now so if I do not respond in a timely fashion, I apologize in advance. Please keep posting info so that I can read it when I get another chance to log on....prior to launch.
     
  2. Kegger

    Kegger TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2007
    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    The warm, sunny, very polite South
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Shoot for both.

    Expose some for the shuttle, then expose a few for the flames. Then a few right in the middle.

    They rise slow at first, so put it on burst and fire away.
     
  3. mrodgers

    mrodgers No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2007
    Messages:
    1,662
    Likes Received:
    7
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I thought the shuttle was launched last Thursday.... Hmm....
     
  4. Captain IK

    Captain IK TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    630
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Windsor, ON. Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Launch is supposed to be at 7:40 tonight.

    Thanks for the tip Kegger.
     
  5. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2003
    Messages:
    9,713
    Likes Received:
    203
    Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    You need to take into account the brightness with the flame along with the fact that it is moving. A 3 second frame of a bright flame is enough to blow out anything, but when the flame is travelling at close to the speed of sound:

    [​IMG]

    Sorry I have no advice on how to pick the exposure other than that this was shot at f/10 ISO200. Red channel blew out on the right part of the image when the F1-11s flew through the smoke.
     
  6. Nix725

    Nix725 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    Messages:
    55
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Palm Beach FL
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Just watched the shuttle go off...Amazing.
     
  7. Lucky

    Lucky TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tallil, Iraq / Boston, MA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    If anyone has any pictures from the space shuttle launch, i sure would like to see how they came out. I was planning on taking some pictures myself, but i guess NASA had a fuel leak and had to move the launch date. Now I'm sitting in Kuwait waiting to go back to Iraq.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

shuttle launch flame

,
space launch photography tips
,
space shuttle launch