Payload: Tranquility ISS Module & Cupola
Launched: Feb. 8, 2010 @ 4:14 a.m. EST
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center
Arriving Home: Feb. 20 @ approx. 10 p.m.
After a 24 hour delay due to weather, and another possible delay due to conditions at the primary abort sites in Europe, Shuttle Endeavour blasted off into the chilly pre-dawn Florida sky.
This photo was created from the Hwy 520 causeway just west of Cocoa Beach (so I’m not sure if it’s considered Cocoa Beach or Merritt Island at that point). I don’t usually shoot from this far away, but am pleased with this photo. Not too fuzzy for hand-held shooting an object roughly 20 miles away from me at this point and accelerating to 17,000 MPH.
Nikon D200 with Sigma 50-500mm lens attached, shooting all the way extended for a 750mm equivalent film focal length. ISO 100 (because there is SO much light from the plume), spot metering and (unfortunately) Aperture priority (should have been shooting shutter priority and 1/250 to 1/600th exposures), Exposure: 1/125 seconds at F/6.3