Cape Canaveral, Florida – Space…The Final Frontier in HDR

Yesterday’s post was the NASA’s Saturn V Booster Rocket from Cape Canaveral, FL (larger version posted below…your guesses were on it!!!).  When you visit the Kennedy Space Center you can tour the facility and see lots of great sights!  In the Apollo/Saturn V Center there are the actual rockets used in many of the Apollo/Saturn missions.  Such a grand place and ready for multiple HDR’s!   As you look up it is very surreal to think of the history of these amazing feats of human engineering….where they have been and what they accomplished.    During your tour in the Apollo/Saturn V Center there is a cute little cafe inside called Moonrock!   Great to grab a bite to eat and continue on your tour…or just eat your hot dog and stare upwards in amazement!

Its a fun day when visiting at the center…this day we even saw a few alligators hanging out in the sun and two armadillo’s walking the grounds (cute little critters).  I’ll post additional shots soon and give more scoops on KSC!  Only 4 more shuttle launches left…so visit soon if you can!!   I am lucky enough to have seen about 6-7 launches in my time.  All from various locations in Florida.  Fantastic each time!!  I can remember reading you can have one of the shuttles for a cheap price of $28 Million!!!   Imagine parking that in your driveway!   Hmmm, what should I drive today…the Buick or the Discovery?  LOL

For the shot above (Saturn V S-II) I post processed the HDR and thought it was solid, but then played around with textures.  I had this one texture that was purple outer space.  As soon as I added it on…wow!   Perfect combo!!!   If anyone wants this texture from me…just shoot me an email or post below.  Glad to send it!

Talke Photography Settings: (for the above photo)

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 15.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/8
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, 1 Texture (purple)

Here is the large version of the Saturn V base in HDR.   For yesterday’s photo, I had to position myself right under the rockets and shoot straight upwards.  As I lined it up…all I could think was…sweet!!  LOL  :