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Zuma by SpaceX on film

Zuma by SpaceX on film (!)

This is the #SpaceX #Zuma launch (and landing!) captured using on Fuji Velvia 50 transparency film.

Yes, actual film; which is why I'm posting it nearly a week after the launch (I sent it to CA for processing.) I haven't touched film in over 20 years and didn't know how it would work out, but I'm quite pleased with the results.

I went with the Velvia 50 because it had the lowest ISO I could find, and I shot at f18, but in retrospect, I think I could have opened things up a bit more. Also, I wish I had more foreground, but I didn't know how the 24mm lens was going to handle the height of the first landing burn, so I'm pointed higher than I needed to be. (The film did capture the 1-3-1 engine burn nicely.) One fun detail: the white spot to the left of the launch streak is the North Star. (When I first saw it in my vertical DSLR shot, I thought was a stuck pixel.)

I used a Canon A1 for this shot, the same camera Wayne A. Seeley (aka my dad) purchased 40 (or so) years ago. I'm happy to report that it is now part of my arsenal and it will be deployed for future launch attempts.

490-ish second exposure, f18 on Fuji Velvia 50, shot with a Canon A1 with a Canon FD24mm (2.8 ) lens. Processing and scan were done by The Darkroom -- they did a really great job.

(Photo by Michael Seeley / We Report Space)

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