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  1. Ejazzle

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    Okay, so I am going to do a long exposure shot of the space shuttle tonight.

    If it is about an 8 minute exposure, what should my aperture be? i was thinking up around f/22 or so.

    I only have one shot! I need all the info i can get.
     
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    Id say yeah, go for your smallest aperture so f22 would probably be perfect!

    on a side note, I think I know you from wakeskating.com my username is nate_ and my real name is Nathan Legiehn, I ride a LTD Integ :)
     
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    what up 45 post newb! haha jk.
    now there are two of us ws.comers on here. You Jcoffey and me.
     
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    How dark will it be? What time is the launch?

    8 minutes is a long time. If the sun is up, you'll probably need ND filters...
     
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    8minute exposure at f/22 will render a white frame if it's still daytime.
     
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    astrostu I shoot for the stars

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    Depending upon how close you are, this thing is going to be lit up as though it was day. And then you're going to have a pillar of fire underneath the shuttle and after it clears the pad, I don't think it'll be lit anymore. So pre-launch, you'll have time to experiment, and I would suspect that maybe something a tad slower than daylight - perhaps start around 1/125 sec at f/5.6 or something like that - would be a decent place to start. Adjust shutter speed based on that shot. You may want to try to slightly under-expose it pre-launch for the launch, as I would expect the fire to be brighter than the lights on the shuttle pre-launch. After that, unless you have good reflexes and intuition, I'm not sure if you're going to be getting anything useable after that.

    Note - I have not photographed a shuttle launch, day nor night, so this is all based on supposition and not actual experience.
     
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    it is at 4:30 am.

    I guess I will just go for what I said. I will be about 13 miles from the launch pad

    thanks guys!
     
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    If you do 8 minutes it's going to be blown out. Why not something like f/8 and a fast(ish) shutter speed to capture the motion and not have a red streak in the air but something frozen in time that people will identify as a space shuttle. Unless of course you want a streak for some artistic reason.
    TJ
     
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    TJ k, being over 13 miles away I don't think you will be able to tell what it is anyways. So I figured the best way to make an interesting shot would to make it a long exp.

    Where you from in so flo?
     
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    Is it really going to take 8 minutes?

    What you plan on doing sounds just like shooting fireworks, but longer.

    ISO 100
    f/8
    Bulb

    Using a remote, open the shutter just before it launches and close it when it's either where you want it in the frame, or no longer visible. That's probably how I would handle it anyway...


    damn

    Just realized that it already happened... How did it go?
     
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    How did it go?

    I live around Ft. Lauderdale/Pembroke Pines area

    I actually laughed pretty hard at this lol
     
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