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May 16, 2011, 9:04:31 AM
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STS-134 Launch Image number 2 by OpticaLLightspeed STS-134 Launch Image number 2 by OpticaLLightspeed
Another image from this morning's launch of STS-134.
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:icongalactica1actual:
galactica1actual Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Student Photographer
God Speed

Great shot. I teared up as she cleared the pad.
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SocialOutlaw Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Very nicely done , but i know nobody gets that close for safety reasons -- 600mm + ?? --
and could you feel the ground shake from where you were standing ??.
Cheers.
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neurotype Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks for sharing :O (I totally missed it.)
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:iconrubberduckytai:
RubberDuckyTai Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I had no visibility of it at all this time around. The cloud cover was horrible! But as always, I can count on coming on here and seeing your amazing photos. Thanks for sharing. I'll most definitely be there for the last launch in July. ;)
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:iconbp2007:
bp2007 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Nice. The launch was perfect (saw it on TV). :)
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much.
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:iconstarath:
Starath Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Awesome! The shuttle is my favorite air vehicle. You caught a great image of its launch. :)
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much.
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:iconslowdog294:
slowdog294 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice shot, my friend.
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you my friend, glad you have enjoyed!
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:iconslowdog294:
slowdog294 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yo are most welcome, Kind Sir. Enjoy, I did! Dang, I am gonna miss these grande ole birds and their daring deeds...
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
I think most of us will miss these "Grand Machines".
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:iconslowdog294:
slowdog294 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Aye.

:iconscottyplz:
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:icongrouper:
Grouper Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Great Shot Jim! Those morning shots are a beast with the sun position! Great job. It looks like you must have solved that gear Gremlin!
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much Bill. It was a struggle this morning to get an acceptable image with the lighting conditions being poor.
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lizzyr Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Amazing!!!!! :)
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much Lizz!
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:iconlizzyr:
lizzyr Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
My pleasure. :)
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
That may be true but I'm running very short of additional opportunities to get a perfect Shuttle launch image (At least from my own point of view).
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PicTd Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Welcome back Jim , a great shot well done
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much Tom. Today's images were not without some basic technical issues, some of which I have forgotten about and it is apparent by the finished product.
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PicTd Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
These things happen, a bad picture is still better than no picture though ( cant remember who said that but it is true)
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
This is very true. Thanks Tom!
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ByteStudio Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Excellent exposure (lighting) - the steam clouds are just incredible, and the silhouette of the treeline adds a nice layer!
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much Ric, but like I was telling some other visitors to this image, it was a real struggle to capture anything usuable at all this morning.
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ByteStudio Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Some events "Just being there" is enough - and while this is one of those events - don't sell yourself short, It's a good image.. The sense of power, scale, etc are Epic - so from here - it's a Win-Win - and I'm jealous.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Your way too kind my friend. Sometimes I do let the quest for perfection to get in the way.

I wish everybody could have at least one opportunity to come down and see a Shuttle launch.
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ByteStudio Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
I've been having some great discussions about "art" - and one of the key factors is the "effort" of the creating person - Keep striving, (I'm a picky bastard - so I know the deal) - Your quest is a valiant one!

Could you have done better? Maybe?
Could I have done better? Not From HERE! LOL!
- so this is the closest I'll get, and I'm glad to be this close!
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks for putting it into perspective Ric, as I am a picky bastard too!

I'll try to get you close to Atlantis tomorrow morning, we rollover from the OPF (Orbiter Processing Facility) to the VAB at 07:00 E to begin the stacking process for STS-135 now slated for mid-July. I should have the images up here on DA by Wednesday.
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:iconbytestudio:
ByteStudio Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
YES PLEASE! :)
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:iconfarriderphotos:
farriderphotos Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Absolute perfection Jim, a fitting tribute to Endeavors 25th and final mission. God speed the crew of STS-134.

-David
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much David. I really struggled with shooting this launch this morning. The Thin overcast really dampened the available ambient light, add to that, I selected the wrong ISO to compensate for the subdued lighting and I had a little moisture borne haze to shoot through as well. But it's a fair image and one I can use as purely documentary journalisum.
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