Events

Sun ‘N Fun

Sun N’ Fun is one of the largest aviation shows to take place in America. It features every conceivable aircraft you can think about and then some more. This year was my first time going to Sun N’ Fun and it’s an almost overwhelming event for pilots and aviation geeks. Below are some of the photos I managed to capture during my 2 days there.

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KC-135

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KC-135 Cockpit
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Chinese New Years

Needing a break from the usual grind in Seoul, I decided to book a vacation in South East Asia which also coincided with Chinese New Year. Unfortunately as I was to find out later, the main celebrations happen after the actual holiday which meant there wasn’t a lot going on and most stores were closed for the week. I stopped by one of the local temples in Penang and was able to find people praying for a prosperous new year which made for a few good photos. The temple was filled with smoke from all of the incense being burned to the point where I was coughing on the smoke and my eyes were tearing up. Oranges were placed everywhere in the temple as an offering and the entire place was amass of people praying for a good new year. You couldn’t move without bumping into another person.

An Ending: STS135 Landing

As the wheels of space shuttle atlantis came to a stop on the runway at Kennedy Space Center, over 30 years of manned space exploration in perhaps the most bueatiful space vehicle comes to a halt. It was a highly emotional day for all, with many working on the space program loosing their jobs. Smiles and tears were visible everywhere. This vehicle and the program it came with carried the dreams and hopes of thousands upon thousands of people. Over the course of the two months that I’ve been privileged to shoot the final accent and landing of STS-135, I’ve heard countless stories of “I saw Apollo when I was young or one of the first space shuttle missions and this, working for NASA, has always been my dream” and now it’s all over.

This has got to be one of the most rewarding yet challenging shoot I’ve ever done, today especially. I started my day at 2am, the night before having visited Disney World with a friend. I arrived at the press site at 4am and worked until 3pm. Carrying with me about 30 pounds worth of equipement including 2 camera bodies, and multiple lenses including a Canon 300mm f2.8L IS and Canon 400mm f2.8L IS. The temperature reached a balmy 113 degrees after humidity was factored in and we were shooting outside in the heat the entire time. Even at 5am while waiting for the shuttle to land, people, my self included, were sweating since it was extremely humid. Nine minutes before landing we saw the glow of the International Space Station streak across the sky and then a few minutes later the extremely loud and thunderous sonic boom. It’s something that’s extremely impressive to hear and startles you ever if you know it’s coming. The landing was perhaps the most difficult thing I shot the entire time I was there with less than 10 seconds to make a shot with a vehicle going over a hundred miles an hour when it comes into frame and almost no light to work with. Following it, I and a small number of other photographers were escorted out to the shuttle, just an hour after it had landed. It was an unprecedented look at the shuttle, having never been done before and something that completely made my day. We then watched the shuttle get towed back to just before the Orbiter Processing Facility. Continue reading

Shuttle Atlantis Sunrise Photo-op

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STS-135 Rollout and Lift

Space shuttle Atlantis rolls out and is hoisted up for it and the space shuttles final mission, ending over 3 decades of manned flights with the space shuttle. This was by far one of the most incredible things I’ve witnessed in my life. I’ve gotten to use the jaws of life with airport fire rescue, flew a plane, traveled through Asia, but hands down, watching Shuttle Atlantis being prepared is one of the moments I’ll vividly remember for the rest of my life. Below are two different galleries, the first is Atlantis being moved from the Shuttle Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building. The second gallery is of shuttle Atlantis being hoisted off of the space shuttle carrier and up-righting it to a vertical position and then later mating it to the solid rocket boosters (SRB) and external fuel tank. Being inside of the actual VAB was mind blowing. It’s such an immense structure that makes determining scale difficult. I was able to shoot straight down from about 230ft and people literally do look like ants from such high up and the scale of everything in the VAB.

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STS-134: Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Launch

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