) here with my final takeover shot. I just recently picked up photography as a hobby this past year. Having a degree in Aerospace Engineering and living only 40 miles from the space coast has allowed me the unique opportunity to combine my passions! Thanks to @universetoday
for giving me this opportunity to share a few of my launch photos with everyone!! This is my very 1st rocket launch photo, taken of a Falcon 9 carrying the ECHOSTAR 105/SES-11 satellite. This was the 2nd to last Falcon 9 launch from Launch Complex 39A, the former launch site of the Space Shuttle. LC-39A was being temporarily used for Falcon 9 launches while SpaceX's LC-40 was undergoing repairs due to a Falcon 9 explosion on September 1, 2016. No, this photo is not cropped! I shot this from Playalinda Beach and at this location I was roughly 4 miles away from the launch pad!
The rocket was set to take off right around sunset. Given the light conditions, I stubbornly used the worst lens in my arsenal to shoot under the low light conditions, but I was really dead set on capturing a larger than life shot with my "cheap-o" Opteka 650mm-1300mm telephoto lens. I shot with a Sony a6000 with the lens set at 1300mm, giving me a focal length of 1950mm on the APS-C sensor. The reason I say this was the worst lens selection for the light conditions is because at this focal length, I had an effective aperture of f/24. At a shutter speed of 1/500, I had to crank the ISO up to 4000! Despite these settings I was able to reduce the noise to an acceptable amount, resulting in a photo that I was super stoked about for my 1st launch shot! I hope everyone enjoyed all of my launch photography over the course of the day. .
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