|Nikon D90, Nikon 10-24mm lens at 10mm, f/16, 139 seconds, ISO 200|
|Crop of above photo|
I live about forty miles (65km) south of Kennedy Space Center. You've heard of that.
Just south of Kennedy Space Center is Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where many rocket launches also happen, especially US military sponsored launches (Secure military base). This puts this photo having been taken from about thirty miles south of the launch, as the crow flies.
This was a US Navy satellite being lifted to orbit on this Atlas V.
I knew the launch was that day, but sat, searching Google Earth for a good local location to get a time exposure shot of the launch.
I settled on, and went to Ballard Park, set up and took a few practice shots and waited.
When I saw a big portion of the sky light up behind those palm trees, I started my exposure.
This is one of my best photos I've taken in a long, long time.
The second photo is a crop of the first.
I just loved the way the light through those clouds looked there above that home and palm trees.