Endeavor to the Beyond

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This photo was a bit of an accident.

I was as close as humanly possible to the launch, on the edge of the media area in the NASA compound. When the shuttle blasts off, there is a long delay before you hear the thing. Right when I took this, the first staccato wave ripped through my skeleton. I think I just hit the trigger out of fear and shock combined! But, it came out pretty good, all the same.

Endeavor to the BeyondThis photo was a bit of an accident.I was as close as humanly possible to the launch, on the edge of the media area in the NASA compound. When the shuttle blasts off, there is a long delay before you hear the thing. Right when I took this, the first staccato wave ripped through my skeleton. I think I just hit the trigger out of fear and shock combined! But, it came out pretty good, all the same.- Trey RatcliffRead the rest here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Susan

    Oh wow! Such a great shot – beautiful – love how you can see that reflection on the water! Also wonderful talk at the Apple store in Austin tonight – super job!

  • Ernie Dinkel

    I wish I had accidents like that :-) Great shot.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/35422436@N06/ George

    You may have pulled the trigger in shock, but you got the shot because you were prepared for it. Fantastic!

  • http://none louis

    Dramatic shot

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    Nice, Trey!

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/113656379833336702679/posts Filip Farag

    An amazing accident! Sadly, I will never experience these “staccato waves” … :( Fantastic shot Trey.

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

    great accident! ;)

  • Vicki Wilson

    I live the way the flames are reflecting an orange color in the water, beautiful image! I wish there were more of these launches to watch. I bet the sound of a shuttle going up was awesome, did you get a chance to record the sound?

  • Gail Moshier

    What a wonderful capture, Trey. Your photo of the Endeavor is the best one I’ve seen!!!!! Have a wonderful Sunday :-)

  • Vicki Wilson

    I meant to say I love the way the flames are reflecting an orange color in the water.

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  • Rick DeNatale

    Nice photo but…

    “I was as close as humanly possible to the launch, on the edge of the media area in the NASA compound.”

    I’m assuming that this is STS-134 since you say it’s Endeavor. In which case there were at least 6 humans closer than you were.

  • http://www.tinyurl.com/GraffitiLogicGplus Bill Dodd

    Cool shot, I’m really glad you were there to capture these shots… I miss our Shuttle program already.

    I saw Altantis at Kennedy not too long ago and I’ll just leave at this: It is surprising the emotional connection those of us that grew up watching shuttles fly can have with an inanimate object. Truly the end of an era.

  • Steve

    That “mushroom cloud” at the bottom is amazing! Very cool accident to have!

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

    Thanks thanks :)

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