Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pre-Dawn Shuttle Landing

On Jan. 18, 1986 LA Times photographer George Fry captured the landing of space shuttle Columbia at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert after a Florida touchdown was cancelled due to rain. Fry used Tri-X film and his plan was to push process the film to 1600 or even 3200 ASA. He shot one roll as a test of a NASA jet simulating the shuttle approach. After shooting the Columbia approach and landing he processed the test roll first to determine the proper exposure before processing the real deal. The Columbia disintegrated over Texas during reentry killing seven crew members on Feb. 1, 2003. Check it out HERE.

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