The Mighty Rocket Awaits

A Super Long Day!

I woke up and jumped in the car immediately to head to NASA. I spent most of that on the little adventure I describe below, then came back to the hotel to run the webinar. After that, I worked on the photo below before editing together the video (which is still going on). And then I’ll begin a long upload before leaving just after 2 AM to get to NASA at 3AM. I gotta get my tripod set up in the perfect place for the launch that will happen a few hours later. No sleep… just rockets and photo-editing… a marathon of fun! But I’m doing it for Stu, Gordon, Abe, Scott, Cliff, and all my other friends like you guys that couldn’t be here with me.

Daily Photo – The Mighty Rocket Awaits

Today I had a great day at NASA. I’ve come back to the space coast in Florida to see the space shuttle Endeavor blast off, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Around noon, I was invited out with a group of other Twitter peeps to see the RRS Rollback event. This is the slow-motion but exciting time when they peel away to the Rotating Service Structure to reveal the shuttle. It was so awesome that I almost forgot to send a tweet.

The Mighty Rocket Awaits Today I had a great day at NASA.  I've come back to the space coast in Florida to see the space shuttle Endeavor blast off, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.Around noon, I was invited out with a group of other Twitter peeps to see the RRS Rollback event.  This is the slow-motion but exciting time when they peel away to the Rotating Service Structure to reveal the shuttle.  It was so awesome that I almost forgot to send a tweet. - Trey Ratcliff Read more here at stuckincustoms.com.

And, below, you can see a zoom in I took at 300mm. It shows one of the workers on the scaffolding making some final preparations for the launch.

This lens has quickly become one of my favorites. Some people complain that it is not very fast, but I don’t notice these things since I’m usually on a tripod. You can see more at the Nikon 28-300 Review.

The Mighty Rocket Awaits Today I had a great day at NASA. I’ve come back to the space coast in Florida to see the space shuttle Endeavor blast off, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.Around noon, I was invited out with a group of other Twitter peeps to see the RRS Rollback event. This is the slow-motion but exciting time when they peel away to the Rotating Service Structure to reveal the shuttle. It was so awesome that I almost forgot to send a tweet.Here you can see a zoom in I took at 300mm. It shows one of the workers on the scaffolding making some final preparations for the launch.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Patrick Ahles

    Have fun, Trey!

  • http://twitter.com/jeffleroydavis Jeff LeRoy Davis

    I had a Nikon 28-300 once. It works great with a shooter’s eye.

  • http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.100925489989186.1637.100002152054198&ref=pd Thelonious Gonzo

    I love seeing the final version of this B&W that you were working on at the tail of the Webinar tonight. That’s a really cool ancillary benefit of the class. A real look behind the curtain if you will. Or even if you won’t.

    Two things though -

    #1 – Not everyone who takes a little peek-a-loo at the original version to see the super close ups are goose stepping, Pixel-SS like alluded to tonight. I admit that I ALWAYS look at your work, and everyone elses for that matter, as large as possible. I love all the little details in pictures, and especially yours. There is a picture you put up one time that had an entire wedding party coming in from the right side that you couldn’t even see in the small web version. I’m not trying to break down the picture and find flaws in them. I’m looking for more gold, brother. There’s potential treasure buried in those pixels and I don’t want to miss it.

    #2 – I heard you wear Boxers. I won’t say who told me, but is this true? We need to know.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/ Eden Brackstone

    Can’t tell you how much I wish I was there also Trey, fingers crossed for a spectacular launch! Missed the webinar this afternoon as I had an urgent client that lasted most of the day, I’ll download it and catch up tomorrow. All the best mate! :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/

  • PeterG

    Good luck with the Endeavour! The shot’s gonna be a blast, can’t wait to see it :-)

  • Simon Morris

    Incredible – what an amazing experience, have a fab time… best of luck mate! :-)
    Gonzo – regarding point #2 – I heard Trey ALWAYS goes commando… or maybe I’m getting mixed up with filters! ;-)

  • Jeanine

    Music of choice – Zimmer or World Lounge? Have an amazing time, we’re all jealous!

  • http://www.jacquesgude.com Jacques

    Man, I wish I could watch/feel/experience and photograph that launch! Really looking forward to seeing what you show us from what will be a historic day. BTW, last night’s webinar was just fantastic. Really liked watching you process that airport shot and showing how you blended the upper and lower parts of that shot into the bracket you used to remove the ghosting of the folks walking along. Watching you blend in the various exposures for the New Zealand shot was also cool, though I actually liked the rocks in the foreground and would not have cropped them out as much had I shot it (but then it’s not my shot, is it?). And, of course, the bonus time as you worked today’s launch pad shot was well worth the price of admission. I totally did not see that B&W final step coming, assuming you were going to keep it in color (which I would have preferred, though I do love B&W). Have to agree on the 28-300 as well. I picked mine up before a trip to Paris last year, and I love it! Unless I am shooting something where I know I want a very shallow depth of field, I tend to leave my 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 at home these days (except for the trip to Kenya), and use the 28-300 A LOT! I still do find myself carrying five lenses on URBEX (14-24 2.8, 16mm fisheye, 24mm PC-E (Tilt-Shift), 50mm 1.4, 90mm macro, and 28-300, though, never knowing what I might encounter, though the bag is certainly lighter with the 24-70 and 70-200 glass spending more time alone at home!

    See you at the next webinar!

    Best;
    Jacques

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fullcex/ Filip Farag

    Fingers crossed!!! Yeah, we are all jealous. I’m so looking forward to see more shots + video…
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ustream.html
    Where is Trey? :)

  • http://www.oxherdingpath.com/photoblog Don Schulte

    Living large for us! It must be wonderful out there… long hours of waiting I know but the payoff!!!

    I too watched you process this image as part of the “after-class”. It was very, very beneficial. Thanks for doing that for us when you so cramped for time out there.

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, you are a busy fellow. Crossing my fingers that the shuttle can take off today!!! Nice photos of the space shuttle. LOL, I’m seeing it on the news right now, too. The last launch, recorded for history by Trey Ratcliff!!! Have a great day :-)

  • http://www.abpan.com/blog Angela B. Pan

    I love the clouds in the first image. Can’t wait to see more!

  • Rob S.

    Great images! I still get chills everytime I watch lift-off… happens in a blink of an eye and then she’s gone, just as fast.

  • http://aperturef12.tumblr.com/ Vlad

    Great shot, thanks for sharing.

  • http://cropsensorphoto.wordpress.com/ Jeff Peterson

    Great photo, excellent choice to make it black and white. Have a blast at the shuttle launch.

  • Richard (oldhickory)

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see the images of the lift-off. Go Endeavor!

  • http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.100925489989186.1637.100002152054198&ref=pd Thelonious Gonzo

    LLLLLLLIIIIIIFFFFFFFTTTTTTTT OOOOFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!

  • Susan

    Awesome shot Trey – must be so fun to be there in person – I like the b & w of this one! Looking forward to your shots of the launch-know you are having fun!

  • http://JimiJonesVisuals.com Jimi Jones

    Enjoyed the photo processing, it provides some nice tips.
    The NASA trip is quite an experience, would love to have been there standing behind my tripod. :-)

    No doubt you’ll capture some magic.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks very much! :)

  • http://vickiwilsonphotos.wordpress.com Vicki Wilson

    Awesome image, it was fun watching you process it in the Webinar. I can’t wait to see your photos of the space shuttle Endeavor launch today, I bet it was awesome to watch!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/sets/72157626672614814/ Andy Bird

    I can see why it’s the shuttle’s last mission before it’s decommissioned -the poor thing looks like it’s seen much better days. I hope it has a happy retirement :)

    I’ve got a 70-300mm which has been a good servant from time to time under a number of varied circumstances. I think my next big purchase (and maybe my last) will be an 18-200mm for my now obsolete Canon 1000D – i cannot hide my shame at using an obsolete model – it, alas, is not being given a retirement home at Kennedy Space Centre!

    By the way – with all this work on webinars, videos, photos, shuttle launches etc that you seem to be constantly doing without any rest – I have no choice but to deduce that you are indeed a cylon…..

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Keith Moyer

    What an exciting adventure! Great shot today!

  • http://www.thelittlekitchen.net/ JulieD

    Trey, beautiful!

    It was great to meet you! Have a safe trip back and can’t wait to see more of your Endeavour launch photos. :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/graffitilogic Bill Dodd

    Really enjoyed watching you do this…

    Congrats on the NPR mention today!

  • http://photosbysusanc.com susan

    So glad you got to see it launch, and can’t wait to see all the photos !!!!

  • http://johntornow.com John

    Amazing shot, love the choice of black and white. Incredible.

  • http://www.kelleybard.com Kelley Bard

    really amazing shot, love how you highlighted the clouds and sky and made it seem small… but so important!

  • Randy Dietmeyer

    One has to wonder what degree the guy seen in the second picture has just to be standing there.

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