We ended up finding a spot right on the water that was just seven miles across Cape Canaveral from the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center -- a spot with a clear line of sight to the actual launch pad. Tons of people were there; it was nuts. I'm a photographer, so I felt that I had to take some kind of shot of the lift off, despite not having a long telephoto lens with me to capture it as you usually might see it in the news. So I made the best of what I had and decided to go with more of a landscape approach to the shot. I wanted to catch the mood and atmosphere the way I saw it rather than just the shuttle -- and I did. It was a gloomy overcast morning, the clouds caught my attention, so I decided to make them the hero of the shot, and let the actual lift-off just be a point of interest. I'm glad I did, because I ended up with a shot of the lift-off unlike any other I have seen. Check it out:
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After battling the traffic getting out of there we made a pit stop at the beach for a couple of hours and then started the long drive back to her place. Was it worth the trip down for all of it? Absolutely. Hearing the rumble of that shuttle a few seconds after it disappeared from sight is something I'll never forget -- I feel lucky to have been there for it.