"Rocket Launch"  © Tom Rouse
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(@timbutler54) Tim Butler said:September 28th, 2012 (10:41am) PDT
Excellent work. Congratulations!
(@TomRouse) Tom Rouse said:September 28th, 2012 (10:34am) PDT
Hi Jean-
I finally spent the time to finish editing the picture. Please see the revision. :-)
(@JeanDayPhoto) Jean Day said:September 27th, 2012 (7:44pm) PDT
What an amazing project to be involved with and congrats on the win! In spite of your technical challenges, the shot is a real prize in itself!
(@TomRouse) Tom Rouse said:September 19th, 2012 (3:28pm) PDT
Hi Ellie-
I miss the Ap-Cad gang. Hope all is well.
Thanks for the comment!
(@Ellie) Ellie Stone said:September 19th, 2012 (9:44am) PDT
Wow! This is so cool Tom. Congrats to you on the successful launch and winning the prize!! This pic is super cool as well. You're just full of talent!
(@DBMiller) Donald B. Miller said:September 17th, 2012 (1:11pm) PDT
Quite a bit more advanced than the Estes rockets I used as a kid! Beautiful shot, the slight blur doesn't detract a bit!

Tom Rouse
 Advanced Amateur

I was part of a team of eight people, who got together to design, build and launch a rocket to reach 100,000 ft.

As a side note on the project, we entered the "Carmack Prize" which was a competition for someone to launch a rocket to 100,000 ft.

We did it and won the prize too!

Google funded the project and had an Android payload onboard to demonstrate the capabilities of a phone to transmit data while in a rocket. What a fun and exciting project it was, especially with the other teammates being a joy to be with.

Our first launch went to 104,000 ft and landed a little farther than we wanted. 20 miles away. No problem- We had GPS tracking systems on the rocket which transmitted the location and speed of the rocket through the flight, so we knew exactly where it was at all times.

The second stage included a GoPro camera to capture video. You can check it out at-

I personally do not like the GoPRo for this. Extreme fisheye lens and OK video, but for pictures pulled from the video- NOT.

Need to ask my fellow "photography-geeks" for recommendations on a camera choice for my next years flight. Must fin in a 3" diameter tube.

After we acheived the 104,000 foot, we reloaded the rocket and launched it a second time to go higher than the first one. This picture is the second launch that took place at dusk.

An extremely hard picture to get. Usually when photographing rockets, a shudder speed of 1/1000 is needed. With twilight, I had to boost the ISO to 1000 and use the widest ap on the 100-400. I could only get 1/60 a shudder speed. The rocket is a little blurred if you look close because it was really moving when I snapped this one.

Dfine removed most of the noise, but it still is a little weird. I need to tweak it further.

Hope you enjoy it.


Uploaded: Sep 17th, 2012 (10:58am)
Category: Other
Camera: Canon7D
Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec
ISO: 1000

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