Final NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch

Jul 9, 2011 | Airports & Airplanes

The final space shuttle launch by NASA. It’s too bad I didn’t get into photography earlier, else I would have had a lot more of these space shuttle launch photos. But now it’s too late because this was the final launch to end the NASA space shuttle program.

This was shot 11 miles away from Mosquito Lagoon. I would have loved to have gotten closer but this was a last minute trip. Actually, I was pretty close to staying home with only a 30% chance of it launching. However I would have been pretty upset if it did launched and I wasn’t there to photograph this historic moment, so I went. And I’m so glad I did!

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Software I use for processing my photos:
Photomatix – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust – Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise – Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz CleanPhotoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.
Topaz SimplifyPhotoshop plugin used for artistic affect.

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Photography Style: Single Exposure HDR
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 100-400mm with 2x extender
Photo Location: Mosquito Lagoon, Merritt Island, Florida