The ULA was supposed to launch an Atlas V rocket tonight. After a fuel sensor problem delayed the flight, things were back on track. Until...

They had a “range violation” with 3:23 left on the countdown. Someone flew a plane in to the no-fly zone. By the time they got things sorted and cleared the range, the launch window was closed. Had it launched, there would be a bright orange streak curving off in to space in the middle of the picture. They are going to try again tomorrow, so I’ll be out there again.

During the hour or so I was waiting, I took the opportunity to dial in the Nikkor a little more for long exposure night shooting. The three pictures I’m posting are all of the same thing, but with different exposure times and slightly different adjustments in Photoshop. All were shot at ISO 100. The header pic is a 98 second exposure at f/8. Yesterday’s test pictures that were too dark at f/8 were only 30 second exposures, so it was necessary to go to f/8 for these longer shots.

The next shot is a 55 second exposure.


And this final one is a 108 second exposure.


The Nikkor 50mm is just killing me with it’s crispness at distance. Keep in mind that this lens is from the early 1960s. It has no vibration reduction. The houses across the bayou are a quarter mile away. I accidentally hit the shutter release at one point and got a 4 second exposure. Without the lights from inside the house (on the left) over exposing, you can see the inside clearly. If it was a shorter exposure, I could probably tell you what they were watching on the TV.  I’m not going to post the picture anywhere, because that’s wrong and creepy; but I was shocked at the level of detail this lens delivers. And if the people who live there happen to see this post, I’m very sorry. It was a total accident, but I am really curious what the yellow happy face balloon was for.