Monday, March 28, 2011

Photo of the Week Winner – Discovery’s Last Launch

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I probably should have picked this sooner, but better late than never!

I like this shot because you can make out details of the shuttle and you can see great contrast and detail in the plume of smoke from the launch. I also like it because I think this is a legitimate case where dead center isn’t dead wrong for the subject because an offset shot would have lost detail in the exhaust smoke on either side. In fact, my biggest complaint about this shot is that I wish it was wider so I could see more smoke!

While this shot is in bad need of noise reduction software like Noiseware, and some post processing love with Nik Software products, I think it is a great starting point.

Congrats Nate for being at the right place at the right time for this historical event – and a nice capture under pressure (no do-over’s here). 

Sadly no EXIF data was available for this shot, but hopefully Nate will reply in the comments with more details.

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Nate Zimmer said...

Thanks a bunch of picking my shot!
Here's the exif info:
Device: Nikon D90
Lens: VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G
Focal Length: 180mm
Aperture: F/8
Shutter Speed: 1/4000s
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure Comp.: 0EV
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 400

I was lucky enough to have a friend who works at NASA and she got me as close as is possible. It was definitely a lot of waiting and then about 30 seconds of action because they were 2 seconds away from scrubbing and everyone was about to leave.

This is a crop from a much wider photo, I wanted to focus on the shuttle itself. For a wide view you can check here:

N8Zim said...

I tried the Noiseware demo and I was immediately sold! I'll be picking it up as soon as my Tax Refund arrives.
Thanks for the tip and the discount, Ron!