[Pics] It Was The Last Flight Of Space Shuttle Enterprise And I Was There

[Pics] It Was The Last Flight Of Space Shuttle Enterprise And I Was There

On Friday I had the pleasure to see and photograph Space Shuttle Enterprise flying for the last time, and not just flying, but over one of the greatest cities in the world - New York City. Usually things like this used to be announced on the day of the event, leaving no time for preparations, but since the incident with Air Force One in 2009, All buildings next to the Hudson river get an official notice few days ahead of time about any 'scary' things that might happen around the Hudson river. I had about a week to decide where i'm going to shoot from, and ended up deciding to shoot from a downtown rooftop with my Nikon D800 and 70-200 f/2.8 lens.

It was a beautiful day to shoot, and the sky had a lot of clouds making a great backdrop for the shuttle. The only problem with the cloudy day was that as the Shuttle moved, the lighting on it changed - sometimes it was in the shade, and sometimes the sun hit it directly, so I had to change the settings for almost every shot I took.

The Shuttle flew twice right next to the rooftop I was shooting from, and then one more time but this time it was far away, giving me the option to take some different looking shots.

Here are few of the pictures I took, with the info about how I shot them:



Exposure 1/1000 sec, f/13, ISO 500.


Exposure 1/1000 sec, f/13, ISO 500.


Exposure 1/640 sec, f/11, ISO 500.


Exposure 1/640 sec, f/11, ISO 500.


Exposure 1/1000 sec, f/13, ISO 500.


Exposure 1/1000 sec, f/13, ISO 500.


Exposure 1/800 sec, f/11, ISO 500.


Exposure 1/1000 sec, f/13, ISO 500.


Exposure 1/500 sec, f/13, ISO 500.

If you also saw the shuttle and took pictures of it, we'll love to see them! Feel free to share them in the comments or on our Facebook Group. Of course, if you have any questions about the photos above - leave them in the comments.

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8 Comments

Afrorissian's picture

Umm... were you shooting JPG? That's some really terrible grain at ISO 500, and nothing is sharp, even at f/13.

Noam Galai's picture

Had some issues with the upload here... looks better on my computer. will try to upload them again and see if it looks better.

love the tight shots! thanks for answering my questions on FB

Keegan Bursaw's picture

Pretty sure you mean Enterprise...

6 and 7th ones are the money shots :) 

jealous

although the pictures look kind of soft and noisy?

Bua's picture

Wow. What a unique vista!

Nicholas's picture

Solid captures. Thanks for sharing. 

I think the snobbism over whether these images are grainy is a bit unnecessary. So many of us either buy plugins that emulate the look of Kodak or Fuji grain, just to name a few. Or add purple filters from Instagram and call it exploration, or an of focus image Modern Art. Worse, sometimes a person might say that an image looked "too clean" and a little grain might make the image "more filmic". 

Sometimes, us photographers are not only our own worst critics, but our most ungrateful audience.