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    Default Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    I hope not to be a pain but as I am not the best sighted person I need help. l will be at the Cape for the Aug shot. It is at about 7:30 Pm .

    All the help I can get would be great . I only have the std 500 Kit.


    thanks


    Chuck

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    Smile Re: Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    Hi Chuck,
    I never shot a Shuttle launch...but here is my 2 cents anyways.
    1. Use a big (stable) tripod/head combo. If possible, minimize the extension of the center post.
    2. Lighting should be tricky so it is best to shoot RAW but the E500 might not be able to clear the buffer fast enough ( there is only a few seconds opportunity to shoot during the actual launch) and you might end up with only a few shots. Maybe it is better shooting high quality jpegs.
    3. Set up in good light. Double check your settings. Use manual focus and tape the focusing ring so it would not accidentally move.
    4.Use a fast shutter speed ( adjust aperture and ISO to achieve this) maybe 1/1000 minimum.
    Hope the above helps.
    Regards,
    Alfred

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    Default Re: Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    Chuck,
    I'm very envious and I live only about 180 miles south of the launch site.
    My guess is that you'll be on the west banks of the Indian River Lagoon in Titusville so you'll be a couple of miles from the launch site. Use the 40-150 and as fast a shutter speed as you can. It will be very bright so a tripod may not be necessary.
    Enjoy yourself and if the weather holds, I'll be shooting it from 180 miles away also.
    Here's what it might look like from 180 miles south:

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    Default Re: S pace Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    Thanks Alfred and Bill for the info. I am trying to find out if I could sell my E 500 and get a 510 to help me out because of my bad sight.


    The only thing I can do is to shoot incoming Aircraft to Ft Lauderdale from my House. This might give me a chance to shoot the moving target. I will try differant settings as to what is the best . As stated it is going to be fast and just a few shots.

    I though I might use my wife's laptop and do time laps but I have my hands full with just the camer's as I will also use a Video on a T Pod.


    Is their a place Bill that you know of that rent's 50/200 or that just a
    big wish.


    Chuck

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    Default Re: S pace Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    Quote Originally Posted by blindman View Post
    Is their a place Bill that you know of that rent's 50/200 or that just a
    big wish.


    Chuck
    Chuck,
    Unfortunately, it's only a wish. Most, if not, of the camera dealers in Palm Beach county are a fading memory. I'm pretty sure that it's similar in Broward although I do recall, about 6 months ago, reading about a place in Deerfield that was Olympus friendly. Sorry, I don't recall the name of the business.

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    Default Re: Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    first time i was in FLA, they launched, and I never knew about it....until I saw this object in the sky, and found out it was the shuttle!. I check every year now when i go to see if there will be a shot. Hopfully this year!
    shooting fuji X10 and X-S1 at the moment.

    Soon to have an e-3, e-30, e-620 and e-410 bodies with a bunch of glass. I can't wait to be back with the E-System.

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    Default Re: Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    What time is sunset at this time of year?

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    Default Re: Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    Quote Originally Posted by blindman View Post
    I hope not to be a pain but as I am not the best sighted person I need help. l will be at the Cape for the Aug shot. It is at about 7:30 Pm .

    All the help I can get would be great . I only have the std 500 Kit.


    thanks


    Chuck
    I've been at the STS-106 launch in 2000 (sorry, no 43rds images):


    I used a nikon F301 with 400mm telelens. And that was from the press site, which is 5 miles closer to the launchpad than the regular public areas.
    so:
    - get tele.. tele tele tele. a 50-200 at 200mm will be the minimum really so try if you can borrow a longer lens than the kitlens somewhere.
    - also: get wide.. for those nice overview shots:

    the above one was shot in "panorama mode" with an APS compact camera (remember that wacky format? ) The 14mm end of the kit will do fine, wider is better of course..
    - use a tripod
    - get a second camera, you do *not* have time to change lenses.. so borrow a camera - a compact will be fine for wide-angles.

    then regarding metering.. do NOT use any automated metering. The exhaust of the shuttle will be brighter than the sun, so you will certainly underexpose. Meter a few minutes before the launch, and fix that metering.

    if you're going to fix the camera on a tripod:
    fix your camera focus to manual, focussed on the shuttlepad and use a smaller aperture (F8 or so)
    put it in vertical, not horizontal (more room for image)

    use a cable shutter release. So you can shoot, but at the same time watch the event. (and not shaking the camera of course)

    mostly: enjoy the event.. it's something you'll remember your lifespan, and since the shuttle is being scrapped in 2011, take advantage of it while you can.

    I probably forgot a few things, but this will get you going

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    Default Re: Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    thanks Marcof . The sun set's late this is going to be a night shot.

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    Default Re: Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    7.30pm right? I don't think the sun has set by then:

    Times for Orlando:
    Sunset: 20:12
    Twilight: 20:37
    Twi Nautical: 21:07

    twilight sets in at 8.30pm, the shuttle should be well on its way by then.
    It's an ISS mission, the launch window is only a few minutes, so if the launch hasn't happened by 19.35pm it will be scrapped until the next day probably.

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    Cool Re: Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    Yes it will still be light out Marcof . I can't get a 50/200 so I will just shoot as best as I can.


    With my bad Eye's it is going to be a little Shuttle . We are going to be 15 miles away from the Cape

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    Default Re: Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    This was taken at the last launch.
    E500 and 50-200. I used manual focus but wished I had used auto focus. It is hard to manual focus on the E500. I would use manual exposure though. I put it on auto focus about halfway through the launch and did hunt every now and again, but at least they were in focus.
    The building on the left is the assembly building. On the top left of the right face of the building is the American flag. The stripes of the flag are wide enough to drive a bus down them, if a bus could go vertical. Anyway it is a really BIG building.

    The photo was taken about 8 miles away, from here http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...&t=h&z=18&om=1

    Richard

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    Default Re: Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    Thanks Richard I am going to try to get to the Jetty just the other side of the Cape. I will try to get to the Maritime park .

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    Default Re: Space Shuttle Endeavour and how to set up E-500

    Quote Originally Posted by marcof View Post
    the above one was shot in "panorama mode" with ..
    Nice panorama. How did you manage to join the moving smoke trail? Did you shoot it top down or bottom up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blu-by-u View Post
    Nice panorama. How did you manage to join the moving smoke trail? Did you shoot it top down or bottom up?
    this is one shot. APS had a panorama setting, which cropped the negative into a long format.

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