It’s launch day! Today! After one hell of an adventure (I promise I’ll explain more later) the #spacenomad is back in Florida and if all goes to plan, Diva Discovery will launch from KSC this afternoon at 4.50pm EST.
I managed to catch Bill Ingalls, one of NASA’s official photographers who will be capturing fantastic images of Discovery’s final flight, to ask him what tips he could give us on how to take a great shuttle launch picture. Here’s what he said:
“One quick note on Shuttle launch photography. Don’t do it! That’s my 2¢. There is something about having a camera between you and this event that removes you from it. This happens quick and it is fantastic. I highly recommend to everyone that they set their camera down and enjoy this moment and download NASA images for their use later.
For those who insist….
If using a long lens on a bright sunny day. Under expose from daylight exposure by 1-stop. This helps bring out some details in the flames. I would recommend using manual exposure.
Again – I say – just enjoy the moment with friends and colleagues. Cameras that are set up within the pad perimeter will get the best pix and are available for all to use.”
I’ll be setting my camera up on a tripod with a remote shutter release so I can watch this with my own eyes. It’ll be nice to have a photograph I can say is my own, but the best thing will be the memories. Here’s hoping for a safe flight this afternoon. Ad astra Discovery!
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