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Shuttle Endeavour's 26th Mission
« on: October 17, 2012, 07:47:50 AM »
I wanted to take photographs of the shuttle early on its final journey on the streets of Los Angeles, but I was only able to get away from my obligations about 24 hours after the move started. My only chance was very early on Saturday morning, the 13th of October. I drove about 60 miles from home to Inglewood where I was able to catch the shuttle a few blocks before it arrived at the Forum. It was my first time in the area, and with no time to set up and no press pass, I was just there to take what I could from the situation. It was run and gun style shooting. Lenses used- 28-300mmL, 16-35mmL II, bodies 5D2.
 
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Shuttle Endeavour's 26th Mission
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Re: Shuttle Endeavour's 26th Mission
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 07:52:58 AM »
The wing cleared the post by a few inches.

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 07:55:29 AM »
Security was tight. Nobody was allowed to run alongside the shuttle, and we had to wait until the shuttle was a good 50 yards past us before we could move.

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Re: Shuttle Endeavour's 26th Mission
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2012, 07:58:06 AM »
By the time the shuttle arrived at the Forum (former home of the Lakers), the sun had risen.

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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2012, 07:58:21 AM »
I like the first shot best. Looks like even the Space Shuttle has to wait for a green light to proceed!  ;D

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Re: Shuttle Endeavour's 26th Mission
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012, 07:59:27 AM »
The mood was festive, and almost everyone had a camera.We're shooting the shooter.
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Re: Shuttle Endeavour's 26th Mission
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2012, 08:03:08 AM »
For a short write up of my experience that day (and more images), go here:
http://www.lightcrafterphotography.com/blog/2012/10/shuttle-endeavours-26th-mission
 
For the complete gallery of images at full resolution, go here:
http://www.lightcrafterphotography.com/p840281881
Click on the slideshow button, and use the left/right arrow keys to navigate.

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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2012, 08:04:23 AM »
I like the first shot best. Looks like even the Space Shuttle has to wait for a green light to proceed!  ;D

It seemed like the Shuttle was facing red lights the rest of the day - it was almost 24 hours late to its final destination.
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2012, 09:36:13 AM »
Very cool shots, congrats! I like the first one and the one with the wing almost knocking down the street sign best.

It's a blody shame though that they retired the shuttles – they are probably the most awesome machines mankind has ever built.
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Re: Shuttle Endeavour's 26th Mission
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2012, 10:11:23 AM »
Very cool shots, congrats! I like the first one and the one with the wing almost knocking down the street sign best.

It's a blody shame though that they retired the shuttles – they are probably the most awesome machines mankind has ever built.

Thanks. It's the end of an era. The shuttle is a very long way from when the first humans started using stick tools. We are now ready for the next generation of transporters.
 
I visited your Flickr stream, you've got very cool images yourself, congrats!
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