Bugs, Sweat, Sleeplessness, and Dripping Humidity

August 21, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Moon tourists and rockets, just a walk in the park (a typical Florida night) with fellow photographers Trace Cloulat, Keith Bartholomew and John Anderson; an evening photographing the moonrise and the St. Augustine Lighthouse then later into the early morning (12:52 a.m.) photographing the Delta IV launch from south New Smyrna Beach.

Full Moon behind the LighthouseFull Moon behind the LighthouseSt. Augustine Lighthouse Stairway to the MoonStairway to the MoonAugust 18th 2016, tourist watching a full moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

Rocket Launch: United Launch Alliance Delta IV AFSPC-6 August 19, 2016 12:52 a.m. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex 37

To infinity and beyondTo infinity and beyondNew Smyrna Beach, August 19, 2016 12:52 a. m. Launch under a Full MoonLaunch under a Full MoonUnited Launch Alliance Delta IV AFSPC-6 August 19, 2016 12:52 a. m.

Looking forward to more captures like this with the U.S. manned launches starting up again in 2018.

Notes on night rocket launch photography techniques:

For the vertical image: NIKON D4S, 20mm, exposure (shutter set to bulb) 124 sec at f/16, ISO 200, manual focus 

If I shoot this again under the same ambient lighting with a full moon in the composition (with the same equipment), I’ll try f/11 @ ISO 100 (two reasons: First, exposure in original file about 1-stop to dark. Second, reduce moon flare from lens)

For the horizontal image: NIKON D810, 14-24mm @ 14mm, exposure shutter set to bulb) 176 sec at f/20, ISO 100, manual focus. And the adjustments I’d make here for next time; f/13 at ISO 64 


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