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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Failing at this Endeavour

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On my return drive to Tampa yesterday, I joined fellow photographer Jeremy Allen to shoot the launch of Space Shuttle STS-127 at Kennedy Space Center. Thanks to a friend we were able to join them at the actual Space Center, just a few miles from the launch pad. Unfortunately, the evening turned in to the fifth launch cancellation due to weather.

To try and get the tightest photograph possible, I put a 2x teleconverter on my 300mm/2.8 lens and used the Nikon D3's high speed crop mode. The 300 mm lens was then an effective 900mm lens but, unfortunately, the teleconverter severely compromises the sharpness of the image. The solution will involve trying to get a press credential for a future launch. Ideally, a shuttle launch before NASA scrubs the program in May of next year.

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