My favorite of the videos, to get an idea of what it is like from three miles away, is STS
-92 by a Japanese reporter...turn your spreakers up. It also captures the light well for a launch that was about 25 minutes after sunset, so you see both how bright it is at night but also still have light in the sky for contrast.
Suresh, we had a lot of great times. The return to flight rollout (STS
-114) was the long one, noon to midnight. But probably the best one that I got to see as well, as it went from day to twilight to night. You did not do remote cameras until the end, but that is definitely the back-breaking work to get the one shot you guys see here each time. It takes ALL DAY
to set up remotes for shuttle on some launches. The shuttle pads were very big, so different locations amounts to 1-2 miles apart on opposite sides (compared to the rockets, which have much smaller pads and takes 1-2 hours to set up normally). Of course, I frequently put out a lot more cameras for the space shuttle! Not to mention having lost equipment on some of them. I've had lenses destroyed, cameras ruined. I'll miss the shuttle launches dearly, but perhaps less so the long sweaty setups, particularly in July and August (rolls eyes).
It may be that I did not realize the fact that they have been allowing me to upload shots if they are from opposite sides. Looking at those same-launch shots rejected, I think perhaps they are only similar ones in some cases lately. Just uploaded a new one of one launch, so we'll see.
Feel free to check out mine and his websites for more of any of the launches, of course! Mine is below if you are not familiar.
[Edited 2012-03-23 22:19:59]