Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Apollo Rocket

A wonderful memory of my childhood was the famous Apollo Space Program of the 1960's and 70's with the most memorable being the Apollo 11 mission that landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon while Michael Collins orbited above on July 20th 1969, the other amazing thing about it was the millions of people including myself who were able to watch it on their television sets in the comfort of their homes.

In 1979 less then ten years after the program was aborted and made way for the now Space Shuttle Program I had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center here in Florida, it was fairly new with many sheltered exhibits still under construction yet there were many other outdoor exhibits of various spacecraft and satellites in different places on the property that were easily accessible one being this Apollo Rocket that laid horizontally off the ground and attached to a platform with steps leading up and a walkway partially running along its body, a most likely temporary exhibit.

What I tried to do here was to photograph and crop the shot in such a way as to capture a feeling of free flight while the shape and colors filled the frame, the bright Florida sunlight worked well casting shadows where needed yet not actually blacking out any dark areas.

This was photographed with my Pentax camera and 35mm Kodachrome 64 slide film.

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