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.
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
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 the original file about 1-stop to dark. Second, reduce moon flare from the 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