Aviation Photo #1585299 Boeing Delta IV Heavy - USA - Air Force

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Delta 4-Heavy roars into orbit with DSP-23, the final Defense Support Program missile-warning satellite, at 8:50pm EST from Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, November 10, 2007. Delta 4-Heavy, over 23 stories tall, is the world's largest rocket by height and most powerful unmanned booster.
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Comments (128)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Omg thats close!!! Great shot!

Cheers
Daniel
Anonymous
11 years ago
AMAZING!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow! tell us how you got the photo! id imagine it would be a bit too warm to be standing there:p
Anonymous
11 years ago
How is this photo possible!? Wow
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ben, that's a five star photograph you have there mate!! Outstanding! And I bet it got a little warm under the collar for you?! Brilliant.
Spencer Wilmot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing shot. Was the camera triggered remotely? Tony
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just wow! you must have been standing real close!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, that is something else.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just wow.. 5*
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply awesome shot! I have no idea how it possible to take such picture. I suppose that camera was in some shelter, wasn't it?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Absolutely amazing!!! How could this not be a 5 star?!?!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very impressive and exceptional view, great job!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent angle!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ben, I've followed your work closely on Spaceflightnow, and it's wonderful to see an a.net upload from you! Beautiful shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing, i didnt believe my eyes at first when i saw this photo.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is a photo for spaceliners.net


5 stars man.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I sure hope you weren't standing this close to that thing when the photo was taken.
Anonymous
11 years ago
OMG that is amazing no idea how you got it but love it
Anonymous
11 years ago
Not an aircraft at all (the Space Shuttle is quite an airplane), but surely an amazing picture!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Whaaaaaaa?!?!?! How in the world did you get this incredible shot? I'll assume you took this remotely, but I would imagine the camera was in some heavy duty enclosure to survive. One of the most breathtaking shots I have ever seen!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply amazing. A one-of-a-kind shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice exhaust shock waves.
Anonymous
11 years ago
How did you gat that picture
Anonymous
11 years ago
Uh...amazing shot... yes,how did you get that shot? I always envy those guys who work on the other side of airport fence. But now, all the people should envy you Mr Cooper!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I don't think any exposed human body can endure the heat and sonic wave at this distance. Nonetheless, excellent capture and awesome composition!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is a truly awesome and powerful photo! The angle from which the picture was taken adds to the massive size of the rocket... truly unique!
Anonymous
11 years ago
10-stars shot! How on Earth did you take this picture!??! Fantastic!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Given double hearing protection, I would LOVE to stand so close, the feeling in your chest from standing so close would be immense! But of course I know that this was a remotely taken picture, no man could be so lucky to feel the power of a trio of RS-68 engines putting out a combined 2+ million pounds of thrust! Even standing this close to a B-1B at full afterburner is a near religious experience.
Anonymous
11 years ago
That's a photo from another dimension :o
Congratulations, Ben. Awesome work. Cheers - ZakHH
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fantastic! Superb! Outrageous! Unbelievable! That's the most interesting pic I've seen here at A.net in about half year. Congratulations, Ben, you should be very proud of you.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Can you not be shocked by the unique angle of this shot?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Unbelievable! No words!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Top Photo Mate.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Beautiful photograph! never before seen power on airliners.net!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just quietly, how do u get that close to a rocket?
Anonymous
11 years ago
The noise must be insane at that range.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This looks like an illustration of the future from a 1960s science text book. Amazing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This has to be one of the best ever photos on A.net! Truly 5 stars!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, this is amazing. How did someone get this shot?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Breathtaking, 5 stars!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Among the greatest photos I have ever seen - congrats!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wtf, immediately hit the tumbnail on the main screen ***** thnx
Anonymous
11 years ago
Phenomenal photo. Never seen anything like it. Thanks.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just amazing!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Thanks for the comments. For those saying they would like to be this close to feel it in your chest, well, you can feel that from three miles away which is the closest we get to shuttle launches and for the above launch as well. This camera in particular was not protected for this launch and the lens that took it was destroyed. But the camera still works! And yes, any time you see a closeup image of a shuttle or rocket launch it was taken using a remote camera, set off by sound or anothe rmeans.

If you were able to stand this close and lived to tell about it (unlikely) you would certainly never hear anything again as we are talking some 160-180dB right next to it, far more than any jet engine from an equivalent distance. Hope this helps answer some questions! Thanks again.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What an amazing photo. It's a shame that it only has about 20k views...less than your typical boring cabin shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Phenomenal shot! Kudos for the dedication... and may the lens rest in peace =P
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow. Just wow.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome angle, incredibly close up. Magnificient indeed.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Pure win
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW! Now that's HOT! Literally! Awesome camera angle! Animates an amazing event!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Those are some badass guardrails.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Outstanding, dramatic shot! A great view from an angle you don't normally see!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great angle with very fine detail, especially from the rocket boosters
Anonymous
11 years ago
You gave up your camera lens to take this. Nice !
Anonymous
11 years ago
What amazing detail of a rocket at launch - just phenomenal to be so close. I think the loss of lens is worth it to get such a great photo - congratulations!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome, just awesome
Anonymous
11 years ago
The action, the perspective, and -- of course -- the ejaculatory moment.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome photograph- great composition, dramatic lighting, and a subject that brings a whole lot of wonder.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hard to get shot, very rare circumstances, wasn't on site had to preset settings
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply Amazing. The lighting in the photo is phenomenal, almost has a HDR ring to it. The reflected light from the boosters, and the shadows it cast, gives the launchpad an otherworldly feel to it. Beautiful. Hope the lens you lost weren't too expensive?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Goood shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
In a word - Stunning!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The detail, the perfect timing, the contrast & the lighting bring across all the power of a launch. (and it is just pretty)
Anonymous
11 years ago
How do you even start trying to figure out the lighting for something like this? Not to mention the sonic energy alone would shatter most items containing air-voids. Great one-off shot, this bird is not coming back to land!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Angle is very important in a shot like this, and you nailed it.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Raw power
Anonymous
11 years ago
Kudos, sir. This is one amazing shot. I would love to know how you knew what exposure settings to use.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Its real and at the same time absolutely unrealistic...
Anonymous
11 years ago
All that's missing is the heat blast tearing you to pieces!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's real, yes? Looks like a collage. Amazing!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great subject!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fantastic! This picture brings back memories. I made many trips down to the Cape while living in Daytona. I actually saw this launch!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Perfectly composed, the planning that went into it really shows.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome!!! It boggles my mind to think of the force and power under this bad boy!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply amazing!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredibile. I have no other words to discribe
Anonymous
11 years ago
INSANE PHOTO! I love it!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible angle
Anonymous
11 years ago
Pijemi from France
Superbe et pour cela il faut prendre les riques necessaires .
Anonymous
11 years ago
Unreal angle, great framing!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Kinda magic :)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible te way the photographer thought about the heat, maybe loose the camera and storage the pictures before the heat hit the camera. I suppose it would be really hot close there...and my camera is not design to suffer too hot!! ;-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply beautiful
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing, superb!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Super. No komments
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cool idea! Great !
Anonymous
11 years ago
Rare sigth
Anonymous
11 years ago
Big and Power!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Gooooooood =)!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
There are only a few times in life a man is allowed to cry. Nailing that perfect photograph is one of them.
Anonymous
11 years ago
A perspective that I have always wanted to see - terrific.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I liked both the angle of the shot, which did well to convey the sheer size of the spacecraft, and the way the exhaust from the rocket engines looked.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow the sheer power of it all!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I Wonder how mr. Cooper take this photo from close distance
Anonymous
10 years ago
Absolutely amazing. Worth losing a lens for!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Brilliant framing, beautiful crisp focus.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Brilliant!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I'd like to know how you had put whe camera right under the launch..
Anonymous
10 years ago
The crisp detail and dynamic framing is just amazing! (I feel like I'm about to be burnt to a crisp, just looking at it.)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great one. Nice grain of the film.
I liked the fact that the camera did survive to this; Poor lens, though!
I read an article about your photo and came here in search, very nice.
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW, GOOD BUT SCARY!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just amazing....i don't know what to say!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The noise and heat must be very high at that point. May I know what kind of ear plugs and anti-burning-lotion you used!! (Ali Aminzadeh)
Anonymous
10 years ago
What a great inspiration you had to take this picture, never seen something like that before. The power of that photo is increadible.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I love you!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Burn baby burn
Anonymous
9 years ago
One of the best photos on this site. Perfect timing, composition, angle, coloration, etc.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Probably the best part of this photo is that it is a great big symbolic rude finger to the forces that bind us to the earth...
Anonymous
9 years ago
Power of love !
Anonymous
9 years ago
Full marks! Never seen a launch so close before. Film and TV images are normally fuzzy but the clarity of this shot is incredible.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Tripple Cigarette Lighter.
Anonymous
9 years ago
So hard to believe this is real! you mustve been unbelievably close to this i dont know how you managed. The lighting is spectacular and the picture truly captures the awesome power of the experience
Anonymous
9 years ago
Throttleable Engine at 102% Thrust, Next to the Energia, this is some serious firepower
Anonymous
8 years ago
Awesome.
The power of those rockets really shows. It's like a big finger saying
I'm off to Space.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Fantastic shot. Would love to see a picture of what was left of the camera afterwards!
Anonymous
8 years ago
An absolutely awesome picture - gives a perfect sense of the Atlas' raw power as a booster. And the contrast of its amazing glare against a jet black sky is amazing. Top marks!
Anonymous
8 years ago
YESSS, WELL SAID DEFENSE!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Thanks. However, it is a Delta (Delta IV-Heavy) not an Atlas.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Unbelievable planning... what a shot!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Damn it man, this thing really look like an illustration from the sixties or something. Sorry about your camera lens, but sacrifices are sometimes necessary LOL... and, in this particular case, definitely worthwhile. You see, this is just insanely awesome. No science fiction movie can come even close to this in the "awe factor" department, in my opinion. Really a kick-ass job, buddy!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Extraordinary and outstanding picture!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Wonderful.....
Anonymous
5 years ago
Awesome American power.
Anonymous
5 years ago
How can you possibly get that close to a launch?! Blows St. Maarten away in my opinion! I just think of Billy Bob Thorton and John Cusak getting blown around from wake turbulence in Pushing Tin :p Amazing shot!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Mankind is INVINCABLE ! ! ! (this one didn't blow up, did it?)

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