Milky Way in Central Oregon
The skies were clear and dark with a new moon. We were out in a remote area in Central Oregon near the Prineville Reservoir. The skies were brilliant with stars shining everywhere. I had not been in such a site since I was in Boy Scouts over 50 years ago. I stared, stared, and stared, totally engrossed in the beauty and the enormity of the heavens above me. I dreamed about all the possibilities out there for other forms of life. It was a wonderful, amazing night that I will never forget.
Canon 7D, EF-S10-22mm @ 12mm, f/4.0, 1/8000 sec, ISO 800
These solid rocket boosters and external tank guard the entrance of the Kennedy Space Center Atlantis Shuttle exhibit. The wide angle perspective of my 10-22mm lens reduces the impact of of just how huge these structures are. I was in awe as I looked up. The image below is the view looking straight up. I got dizzy and almost fell over as I tried to balance this image in my viewfinder.
This post ends my series on the Atlantis Space Shuttle. I encourage all to take the time and visit our space heritage when in the Orlando area.
Canon 7D, EF-S10-22mm @ 10mm, f/4.0, 1/30 sec, ISO 1600
This is the best I could do at getting an overall view of Atlantis using my widest angle lens. As I mentioned in my first post in this series, I could not capture the the full image of the shuttle. You just have to go there and visit in person.
Canon 7D, EF-S10-22mm @ 22mm, f/4.5, 1/60 sec, ISO 800
This image of the shuttle bay looking toward the cockpit shows the extender arms used to deploy payloads from the bay.
Canon 7D, EF-S10-22mm @ 10mm, f/4.0, 1/13 sec, ISO 1600
This image of the shuttle’s belly was a tough one for me to get. Shooting directly up at my widest perspective and slow shutter speed made me dizzy. I almost fell down. It took me several tries to get a decent image with the shuttle balanced in the frame.
Canon 7D, EF-S10-22 @ 10mm, f/4.0, 1/25 sec, ISO 1600
This image of the shuttle’s tail shows the nozzles of the 3 main engines used to get the shuttle into orbit and the smaller thrusters used to maneuver the shuttle.
Canon 7D, EF-S10-22 @ 22mm, f4.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 800
This image is of the shuttle bay and hatch looking toward the tail. Boeing provided the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) that propelled satellites into higher earth orbits from the shuttle bay. Several of my close associates worked directly with NASA on these programs.
I used NIK Silver EFEX Pro’s selective color to preserve the blue and red of our Flag.
Canon 7D, EF-S10-22mm@ 10mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO 800
Chills ran through my body … the theater screen lifted and Atlantis was directly in front of me. I cannot explain the sensation that passed though me as I saw the shuttle only a few feet away. No image can replicate what I saw or felt. Memories of working with NASA as a Boeing technical representative in Washington, DC during the Shuttle Program’s “hey days” ran through my mind. Memories of watching the Challenger launch along with my Boeing associates brought tears to my eyes. As I walked around Atlantis, my whole body was shaking. It was almost impossible to hold my camera up for a steady image. After about a half hour I had settled down enough to take a few images. I will add more images In future posts. Like I mentioned earlier, I will not be able to create the image in my mind or the feeling in my heart when I saw this beautiful Bird.