Ek het hard en lank getob oor die besluit. Ek moes kies tussen "respek vir ander" en n ondeunde "sin vir humor". Laasgenoemde het gewen. Ek hoop nie ek kom enige iemand te na nie, of gee aanstoot nie, maar die volgende vertelling het my laat skater lag.

Die storie is n uitreksel van n ene Graham Martin wat vertel oor sy belewenis om as amateur fotograaf, die laaste "Shuttle" lansering af te neem.

"To a Shuttle photographer this was like being shown the holy grail! No way was I going

to miss this opportunity of a lifetime. As one can imagine the process is a little more

than simply setting up a camera with a timer. First there is the equipment itself. The

camera is placed within a housing that is impact resistant. The housing consists of a

camera mount and door that opens during the launch and otherwise remains closed. A

control box is used to power the system during launch. It has two sensors that detect

both sound and light which trigger the camera within using a modified Nikon 10pin

(i.e. MC-30) cable. The control box allows the times to be altered and the sound and

light levels to be adjusted. The remote setup is capable of stand-alone operation for up

to a week. It protects the camera equipment from the elements and launch hazards.

Most “remote” systems cannot remain unattended for more than 24 hours and must

be reset and have lenses cleaned daily. The BPS system negates this needless task.

Condensation is not a problem for their remote system.

Once having tested the system at the lab, it was my job to set up one of my own cameras

and one for James. James was unable to get out to the pad, and so I was doing

double duty. I was using a Nikon D300 with a 35-70mm f/2.8 lens while James used

a Nikon D2X with the venerable 80-200 f/2.8 lens. Remote setup is the day before

launch, and I had to be at the Press Site, alongside 40 or more other photographers,

at 6:00 a.m.

Before climbing aboard the NASA school buses we had to await the arrival of the

bomb sniffing dogs. Each piece of our equipment is laid out on the ground, we must

step away about 10 feet, and then the dog sniffs our equipment twice before we can

load up. Folklore has it that one time one of the dogs decided to relieve himself on

someone’s camera gear. I’m sure it must have been a Canon! My gear included heavy

duty video tripods, control boxes, camera housings, tie down straps and miscellaneous

tools. Total weight was probably close to 100 pounds."

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Comment by Charles Whitehead on September 15, 2011 at 9:49pm


Snaakse storie, maar daai fotograaf moes "Canon" envy gehad het :-)

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