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OV-105 (cn OV-105) Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour from Pad 39B on mission STS-97. This is a five minute exposure taken from the Causeway (about 7 miles away from the pad). Taken with a borrowed all-manual Nikomat camera, 24 mm lens, f/16, Kodak Royal Gold 100 film. When the exposure was stopped in this shot, the shuttle was approximately 229 statute miles downrange.
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A visitor from United States posted Tue April 30, 2013:
Perfect absolutely perfect. a dreamer is just a dreamer, until taking up a tool, then you get things like this. inspiring

A visitor from - posted Fri October 12, 2012:
Awesome!

A visitor from - posted Tue October 9, 2012:
Outstanding picture, well done!

A visitor from - posted Tue August 14, 2012:
Nuff said

A visitor from Singapore posted Sun April 1, 2012:
Opportunities like these don't come very often, and not anymore since the shuttle is retired, so Thank You, Mr. Wang, for sharing a great capture for future generations to admire.

f14dtomcat

A visitor from - posted Fri November 4, 2011:
Beautiful arc and the diminishing luminance indicating distance

A visitor from India posted Sat September 10, 2011:
One of the last Wonders of Living Memory. Keep up the funding.

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Sat July 23, 2011:
Amazing shot!

A visitor from - posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Now this is photography! Using nothing but the subject, and "natural" techniques and equipments. No bologna here! Just great photography!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue July 19, 2011:
Great Exposure

A visitor from United States posted Thu April 28, 2011:
This is a great photo! Woow :D

A visitor from Mexico posted Thu March 31, 2011:
What a masterpiece. Ben Wang for president!
oM5

A visitor from - posted Mon March 28, 2011:
Nice!

A visitor from Mexico posted Thu February 24, 2011:
Excellent pic

A visitor from - posted Thu January 6, 2011:
Long exposures are tricky. have to prevent washout and or under exposed. would have been cool to continue to see the flight path longer. It helps to image the flight path. not straight up but up and WAY around.

A visitor from - posted Mon October 25, 2010:
I find the shot setup beautifully arrainged. To be able know exactly where the shuttle was going and to have perfectly accomplished the 5 minute exposure is amazing. You dont get a second chance and you didn't need it!

A visitor from Germany posted Sun June 13, 2010:
Brilliant photo!!!

A visitor from United States posted Sun March 21, 2010:
The first thing that came to my mind was; Albert Pujols.

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Mon March 15, 2010:
Waw!!!

A visitor from Italy posted Thu December 10, 2009:
Awesome!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon November 16, 2009:
This photos are simply amazing and offer a new point of view about the launch

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 5, 2009:
The framing of the arc, the fact that it isn't just perpendicular, the view from eye level all come together to make it look like the shuttle jumped across.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri July 31, 2009:
Exellent!

A visitor from Canada posted Wed July 8, 2009:
Thank You.

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 25, 2009:
Right place at the right time, kind of exposure. Prior planning and excellent execution Mister Wang.

A visitor from United States posted Fri March 20, 2009:
Awesome idea for such a cool event. Thanks

A visitor from Australia posted Sun March 1, 2009:
What a fantastic shot encompassing the beauty of nature and the technology of people in one. i love that this was taken using a film camera, this is photography at it's best.

A visitor from Qatar posted Thu February 12, 2009:
Beautiful One!

A visitor from United States posted Thu January 22, 2009:
This.... is.... awsome.

A visitor from - posted Fri November 28, 2008:
Nice photo!

A visitor from Syrian Arab Republic posted Mon November 17, 2008:
There goes moonraker...

A visitor from - posted Sat November 15, 2008:
The time lapst photography is excellent. a historic photo indeed,reminesent of the apollo missions of the 60's and 70's. nice to see our american pride agian.

A visitor from United States posted Thu August 21, 2008:
Wow, excellent picture

A visitor from Germany posted Sat August 16, 2008:
What a great illumination around the area. gives a special feeling to the photo.

A visitor from United States posted Sat July 26, 2008:
Cool man

A visitor from Pakistan posted Tue July 22, 2008:
I like the way the light arcs out, its curve ,especially. Most wonderful is the shadow the arc forms in still waters below illuminating just the area around the point of projection.In short the picture is awesome,unique and amazingly strange in its own way

A visitor from - posted Fri July 18, 2008:
This is a real amazing example of long time exposure. Great!

A visitor from United States posted Sat July 12, 2008:
This was a great idea with perfect execution. well done!

A visitor from United States posted Thu June 19, 2008:
The first thing I noticed was the arc which meant a long exposure. The second thing was the subject. The third was the location. The fourth was the composition. The fifth was the clarity! Add those up and you get one of the best photographs I've ever seen. Absolutely amazing.

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 19, 2008:
I have seen photos of thes and rockets befor but never 1 like this! this is truley awsom. i love how iy looks! any body like runescape?

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 19, 2008:
This is kool!!! how do you do that? and how is it so clear? i love it!

A visitor from Australia posted Sun April 27, 2008:
Amaysing,slow shutter yeah

A visitor from United States posted Mon April 14, 2008:
Pretty awesome looking !!

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 8, 2008:
What a fantastic photo. You'd think by being out on the causeway you wouldn't get a very good view. This proves otherwise especially at night.

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 15, 2008:
I used 50 speed color film, which is a bit hard to find. Mine was from a further distance of an Atlas launch, however. I dig this closeup.

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 15, 2008:
I did one like it. Night launches are puuuur-deee

A visitor from United States posted Fri March 7, 2008:
Quite solid my brother.

A visitor from India posted Thu March 6, 2008:
This was amazing photograph. To take this long arc was very tedious one because after some time it will get disappear before that take was good.

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 4, 2008:
Awesome

A visitor from United States posted Fri February 29, 2008:
Love the feeling of movement and the sensation of expanse. Am image that takes you far far away.

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 25, 2008:
That is awsome.how is it so clear.

A visitor from Canada posted Fri January 4, 2008:
Champion!

Earths curve evident!

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 13, 2007:
What draws me to the picture is the magnitude of the sky compared to the land, which is emphasized by the light streak made by the shuttle. the arc of that streak is so bold and slick. love it. makes me want to be there.

A visitor from Faroe Islands posted Sun December 2, 2007:
Nothing less than true art!

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 28, 2007:
Great picture

A visitor from India posted Wed November 28, 2007:
It is a nice shot

A visitor from Italy posted Tue November 27, 2007:
This is the best picture I ever saw!!!

A visitor from - posted Fri November 9, 2007:
Clarity of the long exposure. Good information on how quickly the shuttle arcs away from the vertical on its flight.

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 26, 2007:
That rocks

A visitor from Italy posted Fri October 12, 2007:
Excellent way of showing that rockets do not fly upward, but FORWARD! Quite easy to find the east in this picture :-) Very good exposure, managed well the strong light at lift-off and the weaker light atop of the arch.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue September 18, 2007:
Very different take on the usual Shuttle launch photo. I love the arc affect showing the shuttles trajectory. Very good image.

A visitor from Mexico posted Sat August 25, 2007:
I like this photo because is very difrent of the oters,is vvery special for me.
this photo is for my N.A.S.A COLECTION

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 22, 2007:
Moving... I've said it once and I'll say it again. You've got a way of touching people's heart. Great job and keep pursuing the passion.

A visitor from United States posted Thu August 9, 2007:
Very professional shot. Excellent positioning of the camera to get the full range of the shuttle exhaust trail.

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 8, 2007:
Imaginative,exhilariting.the photo incapsulates nasa and the mission that lies ahead.to explore the unknown.how exciting

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 10, 2007:
I love the lighting and originality of it.

A visitor from Italy posted Mon May 7, 2007:
After all, the idea is what counts in a photograph. Here there is also technical skills and composition.
Finally, "great shot!"

A visitor from United States posted Sun April 29, 2007:
Outstanding exposure control and extremely well composed. Terrific subject and a thrilling photograph.

A visitor from Argentina posted Sun April 22, 2007:
Is a very good shot because it makes now for the very first time, at least for me, how is the total secuense of the lounch of the space shuttle reaching the space.

A visitor from - posted Mon April 16, 2007:
This is friggin' awesome!

A visitor from Poland posted Thu April 5, 2007:
Great idea for long exposure, like the reflection in the water and lights in the backgroud.
Superb picture!

A visitor from Norway posted Sun March 25, 2007:
Shows how spave veichles shoots upp around the globe in a genious way. Instead of explaining to kids how the sattelites are falling and falling, you could just show this picture to explain how it is done. A picture is worth more than a thousand words

A visitor from - posted Fri March 16, 2007:
Very very good
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A visitor from Malaysia posted Tue February 20, 2007:
Something wonderfull.How could it happen?i'll like it.

A visitor from Portugal posted Mon February 5, 2007:
One in a million!

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 14, 2007:
Awesome Picture

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 14, 2007:
I've never seen a shuttle photo like this. It's cool to see the path it's taking to reach orbit. Very impressive.

A visitor from Finland posted Sat January 13, 2007:
Challenging shot and beautiful result. True skills required.

A visitor from United States posted Wed December 13, 2006:
The clariy of the photo in this rare night launch is worthy of 5 stars

A visitor from United States posted Mon December 11, 2006:
The arc of light makes this shot very nice.

A visitor from India posted Sun December 3, 2006:
Its really Fantastic Sight..... I would Really want to thank that photographer for such a marvellous picture.. thankx....
rahul.

A visitor from United States posted Fri December 1, 2006:
Its great

A visitor from United States posted Fri December 1, 2006:
Reflection of lite, the contrast of salitude and populated area and covers three of the elements land, sea and sky.

A visitor from Australia posted Fri November 24, 2006:
An amazing shot. very impressive. the wonders of modern technology!

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 8, 2006:
Awesome exposure. Bet it was fun setting up on a borrowed camera.

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 5, 2006:
Love the contrast between the dark sky and the shuttle trail

A visitor from United States posted Sat October 28, 2006:
Shot taken at a great moment... framed perfectly by the surrounding darkness... extraordinary I think...

A visitor from Argentina posted Fri October 27, 2006:
Excelente!

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 26, 2006:
I just like the gradiation and contrast in this pic

A visitor from Ireland posted Thu October 26, 2006:
I find it perfect. It was an only-one oportunity shot and it couldn´t be better.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu October 26, 2006:
Exposure is amazing.

A visitor from Romania posted Thu October 26, 2006:
Right time, right place

A visitor from India posted Thu October 26, 2006:
Cool!

A visitor from Australia posted Thu October 26, 2006:
I love how it was such a clear night thus allowing us to see how powerful rockets are by the after burn..great shot, truly inspiring!!! Well done!

A visitor from United States posted Wed October 25, 2006:
Beautiful and informative.

A visitor from United States posted Sun October 15, 2006:
Thats beautiful

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 12, 2006:
So much for digital ! !

A visitor from United States posted Sat October 7, 2006:
Amazing lighting and contrast

A visitor from Canada posted Wed October 4, 2006:
Wow, nice photo

A visitor from Venezuela posted Mon October 2, 2006:
Great photo. Seems mythical, like a supernatural weather entity

A visitor from India posted Sat September 23, 2006:
The arc has come out very well against the contrast of dark sky .There is superb clarity of other details.

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 23, 2006:
Great use of long exposure.

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 22, 2006:
Great composition of an awesome subject

A visitor from United States posted Wed September 20, 2006:
Such a long exposure, yet there is NO noise in the picture. Absolutely one of the hardest shots to get perfect, and you did it quite well. This picture is now my desktop.

A visitor from United States posted Mon September 18, 2006:
Slow shutter speed, yet clear picture. GOOD JOB!!

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 8, 2006:
I enjoy the balence of the piece. Meaning the lights from the rocket an the light from the buildings towards the bottoms left.

A visitor from United States posted Sun September 3, 2006:
This is by far the most unique shuttle launch photo I have ever seen.

A visitor from Puerto Rico posted Tue August 22, 2006:
Excellent picture!

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 16, 2006:
You really have to stuey the photo. Its like looking at the Grand Canyon, you have to stand and really look, the Wham!! It hits you. The impact of the distance, Tks.

A visitor from United States posted Mon August 7, 2006:
Spitacular! rainbow sooooo bright I wonder where its heading?

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 2, 2006:
It's a great way to cope with being too far away, and gives a view of the launch event the usual pictures don't give at all. This isn't actually the first time I've seen this idea, but I still love it.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue July 25, 2006:
The arc itself is a very pleasing shape. The graduate background contrasts beautifully with the arc. The arc moves the eye and brings about an optimistic and progressive feeling.

A visitor from United States posted Tue July 25, 2006:
Cool

A visitor from Poland posted Mon July 24, 2006:
Super

A visitor from United Arab Emirates posted Sat July 22, 2006:
It's great shot and i like a lot cause it's very beautiful it's gave you a nice feel when you look at it as to be free

A visitor from United States posted Wed July 19, 2006:
Beautiful shot.

A visitor from Australia posted Tue July 18, 2006:
Firstly the subject is unique and unreproducible. It demonstrates the photographers grasp of his craft and his capacity to achieve capture of his inspired vision. So many of us have the inspiration to take a picture like this, yet we lack the ability to deliver and so to share our vision. (I'm speaking strictly for myself here)

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 17, 2006:
It makes me happy

A visitor from Australia posted Sun July 16, 2006:
Fantastic

A visitor from United States posted Sat July 15, 2006:
Art!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu July 13, 2006:
Awesome

A visitor from Australia posted Wed July 12, 2006:
One word - AWESOME!!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue July 11, 2006:
The intensity of the light at the take off point, the beauty of the light arch which describes the path of the shuttle in relation to the earth rotation and curvature. A real beauty

A visitor from United States posted Tue July 11, 2006:
AEWSOME

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 10, 2006:
You would of thought you were there.

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 10, 2006:
Awaesome

A visitor from India posted Mon July 10, 2006:
Its beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Fri July 7, 2006:
Very creative shot of an event that doesn't happen very often. This shot required good knowledge of the area and the equipment to do this and the result is outstanding! Bravo!

A visitor from United States posted Fri July 7, 2006:
This is truly an aww-inspiring photograph. it really shows the trajectory of the shuttle. it is amazing what this country has been able to do with it's space program. makes me proud to be an american! godspeed nasa!!!

A visitor from United States posted Wed July 5, 2006:
Great time lapse, sharp, and breathtaking action

A visitor from United States posted Wed July 5, 2006:
Amazubng

A visitor from Canada posted Mon July 3, 2006:
Fantastic capture of the flight arc.

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 3, 2006:
I think this shot is amazing because of the incredible color and the "rainbow" of this phenomenon. It's a wonderful picture and it's hard to believe that this actually happened and this was how it looked like.

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 3, 2006:
Excellent

A visitor from Germany posted Sun July 2, 2006:
Great curve!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat July 1, 2006:
Fantastic

A visitor from United States posted Sat July 1, 2006:
Truely a humbling piece of work. Beautiful.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri June 30, 2006:
The trajectory arc is a beautiful shape and the way the picture seems to fade from daylight to night is unique. Excellent picture - would make a great poster, especially if backlit.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed June 28, 2006:
An excellent image representing space travel.

A visitor from Brazil posted Fri June 23, 2006:
It's very very cool!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat June 17, 2006:
Exposure, light and coloring are very well ballanced giving both energy and tranquility at the same time. So crisp yet so lovely and soft it is really just quite lovely...

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 16, 2006:
Cool.

A visitor from Pakistan posted Thu June 15, 2006:
Just like a glittering gold ring

A visitor from India posted Wed June 14, 2006:
Nice job buddy. It helps uinderstanding the shape and the treajectory well

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 14, 2006:
Decent resolution and contrast. wonderful angle. //

A visitor from United States posted Tue June 13, 2006:
This picture is a good composition that was anticipated then captured.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu June 8, 2006:
It is as cool as a bright ass on a summers day

A visitor from United States posted Sun June 4, 2006:
Makes you realize just how small this world is.

A visitor from Uruguay posted Sun June 4, 2006:
Look at that its fantastic with the lake above and the sunny light very beautiful

A visitor from United States posted Sun June 4, 2006:
Excellent placement of content

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 2, 2006:
It was very unique.

A visitor from United States posted Thu June 1, 2006:
Nice shot, actually saw this once from the beach in Cancun Mexico

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 30, 2006:
The subject and composition. Well done!

A visitor from Belarus posted Sun May 28, 2006:
Very nice photoeffect..Comment from Belarus

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 27, 2006:
It's almost 3d.

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:
This photo is great. the long exposure was a great idea for the night launch. most views are up the "tail pipe". great insite mr.wang.

A visitor from - posted Thu May 25, 2006:
Cool

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 25, 2006:
AWESOME!!!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 25, 2006:
MeekRoB!
0wned.
Dugg.
Over.

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 25, 2006:
Wow factor

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed May 24, 2006:
There's not much more to say than just amazing image!

A visitor from Portugal posted Wed May 24, 2006:
Coolness!

A visitor from United States posted Wed May 24, 2006:
The apeture setting produced amazing results. the launch point is not massively over exposed and yet the light portion is clear and well defined in the night sky."great shot". please give some settings info.

A visitor from - posted Wed May 24, 2006:
The immensity of the photo and surreal space-drawing line

A visitor from United States posted Wed May 24, 2006:
Although at first glance out of balance, with the lit buildings, it actually is balanced and very graceful.

A visitor from United States posted Wed May 24, 2006:
First, it's beautiful just for itself. The water, the grass, the lit buildings, that gorgeous, unreal arc in the sky. Second, the quiet: the things not seen. We don't see the shuttle. We don't see anything at all out of the ordinary... except that arc. We supply the context; the photograph's function is to remind us of the beauty, which often gets lost in the technology, the sheer unfamiliarity of almost everything about this enterprise. Third, the shape of the arc itself evokes so much history. It seems to me as pointless to try to explain what I mean to someone who doesn't already see taht as it would to someone who already does. Thanks for this.

A visitor from United States posted Wed May 24, 2006:
Just a very unique picture...

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 23, 2006:
Swweeet! I always thought the shuttle went straight up. I suupose, though, that with the rotation of the earth, that is impossible. You capture that brilliantly.

A visitor from Brazil posted Tue May 23, 2006:
Excelent picture, very creative! congrats!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue May 23, 2006:
A very unique photo. Shows we live on small spinning globe, not a dinner plate.

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 23, 2006:
Simply outstanding.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Unbelievable capture, i just hope it isn't on its way down

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Hmmm nice shot! (wish I'd taken it, eheh...)

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Good composition

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 22, 2006:
It seems to me that more and more Americans believe the world is flat. this photograph refutesw that consept.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon May 22, 2006:
The precision and sharpness captured the stunning reality of a space shot. I think the camera must have had an anti-shake facility. The gradiation of the sky add to the thrill engendered when looking at this picture. The work of a master...

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Unusual. Dramatic. And,Authentic!

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Capturing the path of rocket like that is makes this photo a nice shot.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Excellent picture

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 22, 2006:
This photo is amazing! I've never seen the arc the shuttle takes and this is just eye opening.

A visitor from Canada posted Mon May 22, 2006:
The time-exposure of this picture gives it great impact. The entire field of view is in focus giving great depth of field, a perfect compliment to the shuttle going off into the distance.

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Amazing - it really demonstrates the arc of the shuttle reaching for orbit rather than looking like it's going straight up. Very nice. I wonder if it a night launch[[

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Everything a photo should be.

A visitor from Belgium posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Fantastic Shot. Very sharp with good detail and colors.

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Very original. Wonderful technical aspects; play of light and dark fantastic. Awesome photo.

A visitor from New Zealand posted Mon May 22, 2006:
WORD !

A visitor from Switzerland posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Amazing shot!

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 22, 2006:
Beautiful

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Stunning photo of a stunning event - N1

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Kick ass!

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
This deserves five stars because it is a sight never seen by our eyes; it's probably the largest arc ever photographed; it illustrates how small we are, yet how technilogically advanced we have become.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
"god bless america, and it's citizens"

A visitor from Canada posted Sun May 21, 2006:
It gives a real sense of exploration, you can actually feel the shuttle moving away into a new new world.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Spectacular originality, and perfectly executed technique.

A visitor from Hungary posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Thank You from Budapest

A visitor from India posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Just too good..

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Very nice use of exposure technique to show a unique view of the space shuttle.

A visitor from Australia posted Sun May 21, 2006:
This photo is stunning and has none of the artefacts and noise a digital would have picked up. Sensational. The reflections on the water are rather beautiful too. Was there cropping of the original? If not spot on layout.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Amazing exposure: I wish I could see a higher resolution - eseciall in the reflections and the grass upclose - awesome exposure.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
This is a very cool photo

A visitor from Australia posted Sun May 21, 2006:
For a five minute exposure this shot is so clear. That curve is really unexpected too.

A visitor from Canada posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Cool

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Kick ass

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Phenomenal accomplishment!

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Sweet

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
It plays with my brain. I know the Shuttle is gaining altitude, but the arc makes it look like it's coming down. It makes me think about why the arc is described the way it is.

A visitor from Colombia posted Sun May 21, 2006:
This very beautifull imagen

A visitor from Japan posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Umm... just look at it.

A visitor from - posted Sun May 21, 2006:
The absolutely stunning trajectory is so beautiful. It was wonderfully framed

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
"great shot!"

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Whoa...

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Freakin' awsome

A visitor from Canada posted Sun May 21, 2006:
It looks like someone sliced open the sky to reveal Heaven beyond, or like God catapulted an angel down to Earth.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
AWSOME!!!

A visitor from - posted Sun May 21, 2006:
That is an awesome shot! I've only dreamed of seeing a space launch. I can't even imagine what it must be like to be there in person. Hope you had another camera taking regular shots too. ;-)

A visitor from - posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Woopy

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
WOW! Great location. Color looks good.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Crisp and beautiful. =)

A visitor from New Zealand posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Emotionally potent as well as aesthetically gorgeous. Nice one.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
It's an awesome display of physics!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Simply mind blowing

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Missles Away!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Sweeeeeeeeeeeet

A visitor from Canada posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Wicked!

A visitor from Germany posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Awesome

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Film lives! I love the effortlessness of the tried and true photographic method used here. Digital cameras have their places in my camera bag, but so does my old Nikon FM2 and its five lenses. Sure would be nice to know the exposure time.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Very creative, great lines and well exposed. fantastic.

A visitor from Norway posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Great idea!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
I thought it looked really cool

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Sharp,clear and with a dramatic design element that draws the viewer through the whole scene.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Awesome dude.

A visitor from South Africa posted Sat May 20, 2006:
A beautiful arc, capturing a unique gradient of light and power.

A visitor from - posted Sat May 20, 2006:
A beautifull shot of a already impressive event.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Photographer knew trajectory of shuttle launch & got great exposure

A visitor from Norway posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Fantastic picture !

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Beautiful.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Non typical view of one of mans greatest acheivments

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Amazing technical skill

A visitor from - posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Incredible

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Great colors, great composition, great planning, and great subject matter. All around an awesome photo.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
I shows how big what we do really is.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Amazing...

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Rad

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
This photo is both beautiful to look at, with the bright graceful curve extending into darkness and the launch flash reflected in the water, and informative, showing an exact record of the first 5 min of the shuttle's trajectory.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Cool!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
I think the position of the photographer makes this shot perfect. Being able to get all the action in one frame is commendable.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
This is amazing

A visitor from - posted Sat May 20, 2006:
What's not to love? tranquil, the grass, the bay, the skyline... and the firey arc which is, on second thought rather ominous. Light is good, pic is well balanced... fine, fine pic.

A visitor from Mexico posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Awesome

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Beautiful!

A visitor from Sweden posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Amazing, simply amazing.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
I must say this is a very fine shot. Very fine. Nice work. Good thing there was no wind blowing the tripod etc. Nice work.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
I like long exposures, I like space-program-related stuff, this photo has both. It's amazing to think about something getting 229 miles away from you in 5 minutes.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Amazing color, great detail, and it was done with good 'ol film, fantastic!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Unique.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Wow...just wow

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Great shot!

A visitor from India posted Sat May 20, 2006:
NATURE VS SCIENCE

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Sweet

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
It's tizzzzight!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
This is an amazing time lapse shot.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Are we seeing the earth turning underneath the shuttle during its ascent? great shot!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
I really love the day to night transition (or is that just rocket blast?).

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Its Awesome

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
It's Unique

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
This is an excellent use of time exposure to show a travel path in a still shot.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Curvature

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
I have been shooting professional photos for over 3o years. I am seldom inpressed by photos, even my own. This one is cool.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Beautiful.

its nice to be able to visualize the shuttle's flight path like this.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Excellent

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Something I've never see before but it's done well and gives a great perspective to the shuttle launch!

A visitor from Canada posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Amazing, just a wonderful shot!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Just love how all the lighting looks!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Nice Work!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Oh wow. that is amazing. Sci-fi style.

A visitor from Australia posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Something unique that came out perfectly... and sparks my interest. Definetly worth the five stars.

A visitor from Mexico posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Technical Mastery. The use of F16 makes it avoid the overblown highlights in such a shot. Very original image.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
I like the exposure time

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Fantastic!!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Very nice! I like the glow.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Looks fricken awesome.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Wow, that is one amazing shot!I honestly can say that is the coolist thing i have seen all day!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat May 20, 2006:
The sense of grandeur and scale is incredible.

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat May 20, 2006:
I like the gradient in the sky. Their is also a lovely arch created by the shutle. Very cool.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
This photo is great!

A visitor from Canada posted Sat May 20, 2006:
I find it excellent that you chose a 5 minute exposure of a space shuttle launch. A++ for creativity!

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Clarity and setting are outstanding

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
For those of us who've never seen a launch in person, it presents a perspective that seems more real. It conveys speed and grace in a still frame, and is just beautiful.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Artistic and scientific!

A visitor from Canada posted Sat May 20, 2006:
Very unique and quite stirring when you consider what it is that arc represents.

A visitor from Mexico posted Sun April 30, 2006:
Colors, composition,

A visitor from France posted Sun April 9, 2006:
I was lucky enough to witness a night launch in 1999..... What a spectacular experience.

A visitor from United States posted Fri April 7, 2006:
Excellent photo! The thought and planning evidently paid off.

Top notch!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri March 31, 2006:
How the hell did he correctly judge exactly where it would be after 5 mins to ensure he got it all in the viewfinder - a genius or lucky?

A visitor from Poland posted Sun March 26, 2006:
Great shot!"

A visitor from France posted Thu March 23, 2006:
Just so amazing !!!!!!

A visitor from Switzerland posted Tue February 28, 2006:
I hope it was the take off! not the landing...

A visitor from United States posted Fri February 24, 2006:
Particularly for nite shots, this vantage point is superb. Add in some clouds and the reflections on the water are incredible. Add in a lawn chair and a cold beer and its one of the never to be forgotten sights and a true reason to visit the Rocket Ranch around launch time...one of the benefits of living there for workers at the Cape. No matter how many times you see it, it still brings a sense of awe. The only thing missing is the equally awesome sound...and feel...of the rumble of the boosters and main engines. One further comment is that the landings are just as awesome. If they're still doing it, investing in a ticket from the visitor's center and riding a bus to the landing strip gives you the up close and personal experience (the viewing stands are about 300 yds from the strip!!!)of seeing it perform, drag chutes full blown, wheels down, nose up in a flare, one chance to get it down on the ground. Those guys inside are truely heros IMHO.

A visitor from Slovakia posted Tue February 21, 2006:
Fantastic!!!

A visitor from United States posted Thu February 16, 2006:
Fantastic, kind of like a colorless rainbow...

A visitor from Finland posted Mon February 13, 2006:
Wow... thats all i can say...!

A visitor from Canada posted Tue January 31, 2006:
Looks almost like an asteroid impact. Thing of beauty.

A visitor from Sweden posted Mon January 23, 2006:
This photo is clearly showing the path the spaceshuttle takes to go into orbit in a way other photos don't! At first the shuttle lifts straight up, and when clearing the tower it turns upside down and into the flight path it will have around earth. You see the path in the photo straight after liftoff, the line is quite straight while picking up speed. I down't know, but it seems that the booster separation happens at the top of the curve, when the quite yellowish color of the fire changes into more blue from the 3 main boosters? Great shot, showing the shuttle almost into MICO, when the motors are turned off, from the end of this photo that happens only three minutes more into the flight. Here, the shuttle already is out in space, and probably flying way out over the Atlantic. Think of it, it leaves earth like a rocket, and flies back like a plane! The start seems quite traight and smooth, but in cockpit it roars and rocks so much, the dials is almost blurred for the pilots. Like one of the commanders said in a film I saw on Discovery Channel: "Sometimes you have to think hard on what you're doing. You are strapped in on top of high explosives, and then everybody runs miles away from you." I think all of these people involved in the space shuttle flight are doing a fantastic work! That's why this picture is great!

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 23, 2006:
It rocks

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 23, 2006:
Awsome shot

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat January 21, 2006:
I would never have guessed that this is a shuttle!!! It looks more like a meteor.

A visitor from United States posted Sat January 21, 2006:
Very rare opportunity there, and the conditions are about perfect! Hope I get to see that someday for myself. Nicely done!!
Jaysen - Shawnee, KS

A visitor from Italy posted Fri January 20, 2006:
Incredible shot! I hope to live enough to see such a show at least one time in my life!

A visitor from Hungary posted Wed October 12, 2005:
Nice Job Ben! Well done!

A visitor from Germany posted Fri September 2, 2005:
Incredible!

A visitor from Australia posted Thu September 1, 2005:
Simply stunning.

A visitor from Brazil posted Thu August 18, 2005:
This is a great rare opportunity, you see this image just one time in your life.

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