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Title: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: shaf on January 20, 2013, 03:27:40 PM
I'm privilege to work for the European Space Agency, I was lucky enough to be apart of the launch team.
The images were shot about 4 km away I used a Canon 300mm lens.
Please let me know what you think ? This was my 1st launch at night
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: distant.star on January 20, 2013, 04:21:30 PM
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Looks pretty amazing to me. Thanks!
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: TrumpetPower! on January 20, 2013, 05:45:15 PM
That's got to be a seriously fun gig, and an amazing experience in person.

The shot works, but I think I'd go a lot brighter -- as in, at least a few stops brighter. I'm guessing the rocket is moving pretty slow that close to the ground. I don't see any motion blur at 1/1000s and not much noise at ISO 800 and no signs of too shallow a depth of field at f/6.3, so you had plenty of room to brighten it up.

I've taken the liberty of fooling with it in ACR; attached is my rough interpretation. Obviously, starting with the original raw file instead of a JPEG would give better results.

Cheers,

b&
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: TrumpetPower! on January 20, 2013, 05:52:21 PM
Oh -- one more thing.

I think I would have gone for a portrait orientation, pulled back so you had the same field of view and framing at the bottom, but a bunch of black sky above the rocket. There might also be some interesting compositional opportunities with an off-center framing, perhaps with just the towers to the right. It'd also be neat to get a bit more elevation for yourself for the shot, to be able to include the launch pad in the shot rather than have it be obscured by that building. Indeed, if not too unsafe, the roof of that building would be the perfect spot....

Here's hoping you have lots and lots of opportunities to experiment with this...sure wish I did....

Cheers,

b&
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: Mr Bean on January 20, 2013, 06:27:54 PM
Nice pic. Night shots (of rockets) are so challenging. I've only done a daytime launch of the Shuttle in Feb 2011 and that worked well, with a bit of bracketing :)
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: Jim Saunders on January 20, 2013, 06:36:21 PM
I can't offer any suggestions, but I like it.

Jim
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Post by: bycostello on April 25, 2013, 09:10:26 AM
wow would love to see something like that....
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: privatebydesign on April 25, 2013, 09:59:45 AM
Its a damn sight more interesting than my attempt at the last Space Shuttle night launch ever. Mind you I was 14 miles or so away so I could never frame anything like as tight as you did, so I didn't bother trying.
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: rpt on April 25, 2013, 10:04:59 AM
Its a damn sight more interesting than my attempt at the last Space Shuttle night launch ever. Mind you I was 14 miles or so away so I could never frame anything like as tight as you did, so I didn't bother trying.
Lovely!

You guys are lucky bugs! The only rockets I see are firecrackers!
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: Menace on April 26, 2013, 08:24:14 AM
Looks amazing  :)
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: Mr Bean on April 26, 2013, 08:45:58 PM
Discovery, Feb 2011 - from 6 miles (9.5km) away, un-cropped.

Sadly, I was film back then, using a EOS3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4 TC  ;)
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ROnGutY0YBg/UXsdLLQ653I/AAAAAAAAAP8/0GEH4W6njhU/s576/22%2520Shuttle%2520roll3.JPG)
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Post by: Dylan777 on April 26, 2013, 09:36:35 PM
Awesome shot.... It's the "king of low light"
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Post by: sanj on May 06, 2013, 06:21:21 AM
I like it. I prefer the darker version. Regards
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: Aaron78 on May 12, 2013, 08:10:16 AM
Looks good as is, shaf. Everything in the frame is sharp and identifiable, i really like it. There is no wrong way to take a photo, and for being shot in pitch darkness that photo turned out great. :)
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: firebreatherboy on May 12, 2013, 10:06:54 AM
Really nice shots by thread opener and the other guys.
I liked the pic as it is. :)
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: CarlTN on July 16, 2013, 05:11:40 PM
That's got to be a seriously fun gig, and an amazing experience in person.

The shot works, but I think I'd go a lot brighter -- as in, at least a few stops brighter. I'm guessing the rocket is moving pretty slow that close to the ground. I don't see any motion blur at 1/1000s and not much noise at ISO 800 and no signs of too shallow a depth of field at f/6.3, so you had plenty of room to brighten it up.

I've taken the liberty of fooling with it in ACR; attached is my rough interpretation. Obviously, starting with the original raw file instead of a JPEG would give better results.

Cheers,

b&

Nice edit of the shot.  The only time I've done that, I got my head bitten off and ganged up on !!
Title: Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
Post by: alexanderferdinand on July 19, 2013, 12:05:40 PM
Very nice shots in this thread, thank you all!!