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16-DEC-2006 BJ Ramsay

Minataur Rocket Launch

Sandgates, MD

Imagine my surprise this morning, I'd dropped off my wife at the airport and
was heading home and the sunset building before me was looking to be specatcular.
So instead of just going home I took a side detour over to the river and ran out
onto one of the local empty docks to set up. I'd just by chance put both my camera
and tripod into the car hopeing sunrise might be nice. As I was setting up my first shot
I noticed what appeared to be an aircraft about to make a contrail that I wasn't happy
about, but the speed and brightness of the contrail led me to think it was something else
so several shots later and a local Goggle search I found out that I had a great sequence
of the first orbital rocket launch from Wallops Island VA in the last 11 years.

Here is an shot just seconds before:

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Sam Rua11-Aug-2011 12:20
Very cool. The event is fantastic enough, but the sunset and your capture makes this one very special.
GeneWard28-May-2009 22:33
a stunning shot, great color. V.
Thomas30-Mar-2008 17:25
once more i love the light and colors here, great scene, well seen
Guest 24-Dec-2007 10:40
Great Shot! V
stuart reid15-Nov-2007 18:51
The intense colour of the sky makes this shot for me and the well timed bonus of the launch is pure icing on the cake.
H. P. Henriksen Starman20-Oct-2007 19:01
Exelent shot. V
william mahan01-Aug-2007 20:47

Bryan: You have some excellent photos in all of your galleries...I like this for dramatic sky and trail!
Robert Ballard11-Jul-2007 01:38
As many people have said, this is quite a nice shot. Not only were you fortunate to capture the rocket launch, but the rest of the photo is stellar as well. This is a photo to be proud of.
Guest 25-Jun-2007 01:33
Love it. Wonderful color here. ~V~
Craig Artlett08-Jun-2007 02:16
The contrail turns the picture from another good landscape into something special.
Yiannis Pavlis09-Feb-2007 04:19
The shot is technically well done. The atmosphere is absolutely outstanding.
Buz Kiefer26-Dec-2006 20:13
Beautiful result. Vote.
Greg Harp26-Dec-2006 01:49
Outstanding capture! GMV
Jean Chiasson23-Dec-2006 20:05
Wow nice capture vote
QUERIDO21-Dec-2006 17:43
Very nice shot!
Karen Stuebing19-Dec-2006 10:20
Great timing and a fabulous capture. I always thought they went straight up. Superb color in the sunset. V.
Bob Foisel18-Dec-2006 23:58
Great sky and bonus capture.
Guest 18-Dec-2006 16:45
Lucky you, this is a thrill of a lifetime to see!
Several of my kids have spent time on Wallops through school programs.
shatterbug18-Dec-2006 05:17
!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome! V.
Robert Charity18-Dec-2006 03:39
looks pretty good, right place at right time, V
firstbrook17-Dec-2006 19:55
Right place at the right time :-)......brilliant....v
Guest 17-Dec-2006 19:51
Great Shot!
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography17-Dec-2006 17:27
Amazing shot, VOTE :)
Sandy Levy17-Dec-2006 13:37
Some might say lucky timing, but we know stuff like this comes from persistence and dedication. Excellent shot, well captured.
Marco Valk17-Dec-2006 10:03
amazing capture; v
Barbara Heide17-Dec-2006 08:31
Wei O'Connell17-Dec-2006 03:47
Wow, so glad you took a detour today! Excellent shot and great story. vote
Guest 17-Dec-2006 03:26
OMG! This is beyond sensational. Destined for the first page. VVV
Gayle P. Clement17-Dec-2006 03:15
Terrific, Bryan. I love that wonderful dawn color.
Jean D17-Dec-2006 03:14
Bryan, you captured history in the making! Amazing !
Liz Bickel17-Dec-2006 03:12
Bryan Murahashi17-Dec-2006 02:40
Beautiful and excellent capture of this Minataur launch. Likethe flaring of the contrailt at
the staging event. GMV
Guest 17-Dec-2006 02:38
Excellent work. Very interesting too. Voted.