With the conclusion of the Big Prints Sale on July 31st, I’ve temporarily taken my storefront, ShuttlePhotos.com offline. I’ll be updating prices and inventory and likely moving it to a new eCommerce server before restoring the storefront. While Shopify is a very nice place to setup and host an online store, there are a few missing features which I hope to find elsewhere. For all my previous customers, thank you for your patronage. For any possible new customers who are reading this, please keeping checking back to see what’s new. Thank you! ~Chase
Special offer for Shuttle wall canvasses September 29th, 2011
I was recently commissioned to turn three of my images of the final missions of Discovery, Endeavour and Atlantis into wall art. Pictured above is a 3D representation of the commissioned Space Shuttle canvasses. This image does not feature 100% accurate placement of the images, but is close enough to give the feel of how the actual canvasses will look on a wall.
The first image is Atlantis during the rollout to the pad for STS-135. The second image is the launch of Endeavour shot from less than 1,800-feet away during the launch of STS-134. And the final image is Discovery returning to Earth and about to touch down for the final time to complete STS-133.
Here is the technical info about the canvasses. The two end pieces are 20″x16″ canvasses and the middle one is a 25″x18″ canvas. The canvasses are wrapped around a 1.5-inch wood frame and ready for hanging. I’d normally charge $450-$500 for the group, however, with a multi-quantity order discount, I can offer them for $350 by placing it at the same time as the original commission.
Admittedly these canvas prints are not cheap, but if anyone is interested in having their own set, either use the Buy Now option below or contact me by Oct. 21 at mchaseclark @ gmail.com to get the discounted rate. And yes, eventually I also will be making individual prints on photo paper available as well.
Poster celebrates Juno’s successful launch August 15th, 2011
In celebration of the successful launch of the Juno Mission to explore Jupiter, I created a poster featuring my launch photo taken from the Atlantic Ocean off Playalinda Beach north of the launch pad, as well as several NASA photos of the spacecraft itself and the launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The photo poster is 24 inches by 12 inches and being printed by a professional photo lab. I’m offering prints of the poster to anyone who wants it for $20, plus a $5 charge for packaging and shipping to anywhere within the United States.
The camera used for the image was my Canon 7D, which is an 18 megapixel digital SLR, and a Canon 300 mm zoom lens. The launch photo itself is not the greatest from a technical standpoint, but that is no real surprise as I did have to shoot the image from sea level through nearly five miles of ocean salt spray and heat haze. However, the composition of the photo was unique among the media reps at the launch and proved to be popular among Space Tweeps and the worlds of social media. Hence my reason for deciding to use it for the poster.
The image of the poster shown above is a low resolution file of the original draft image. I’ver made minor adjustments to it since receiving a test print of it. The poster is being printed on Kodak Endura Metallic paper, which uses a combination of film laminate layers to produce ‘three-dimensional’ images on an ultra-bright background. The paper provides extreme sharpness, brightness and color saturation that increases visual appeal as well as being tear resistant and having an estimated 100-year lifespan.
To purchase the poster, just click on the ‘Buy Now’ button below and follow the instructions to pay through PayPal. Orders of multiple posters are allowed and there is no additional shipping charge if all are being sent to the same address. Don’t forget to include your name and shipping address with your order. The final posters should be in the mail to initial purchasers by early to mid September.
Note: Orders to addresses outside the United States are possible, just please contact me in advance at mchaseclark @ gmail.com so that I can figure out how much extra it will cost for shipping. Thanks.
Since moving to Florida in 2007, I’ve been fortunate enough to witness nine rocket launches, including seven from up close as a member of the working media. The latest launch I saw was the Juno launch atop an Atlas V 551 rocket – the most powerful of the Atlas configurations.
The Juno spacecraft launched on August 5, 2011 and will reach Jupiter in July of 2016. Juno then will make 33 polar orbits before being plunged into solar system’s largest planet thereby ending its mission.
Juno will improve our understanding of our solar system’s beginnings by revealing the origin and evolution of Jupiter.
Specifically, Juno will…
• Determine how much water is in Jupiter’s atmosphere, which helps determine which planet formation theory is correct (or if new theories are needed)
• Look deep into Jupiter’s atmosphere to measure composition, temperature, cloud motions and other properties
• Map Jupiter’s magnetic and gravity fields, revealing the planet’s deep structure
• Explore and study Jupiter’s magnetosphere near the planet’s poles, especially the auroras – Jupiter’s northern and southern lights – providing new insights about how the planet’s enormous magnetic force field affects its atmosphere.
You can learn more about Juno at NASA’s official mission page.
Close-ups of Atlantis on Pad 39-A June 19th, 2011
Friday afternoon I had the great privilege of being one of the very last dozen journalists to ever visit a Space Shuttle on an operational launch pad. While I am not a fan of heights at all, I must admit that to be standing 255 feet above the base of Launch Pad 39-A looking down upon Space Shuttle Atlantis was an incredible experience. Actually, even being on the 95 foot level which is the base of the pad upon which the SRBs are mounted was a thrill of a lifetime. At several points I was mere inches away from the orbiter stack and easily could have touched it. Life as a journalist just does not get better than this.
Here are a few highlights from the afternoon’s adventure. I’ve also uploaded many more photos taken within Launch Complex 39 at my SmugMug site which can be accessed directly via www.ShuttlePhotos.com. All of the photos listed there are available as prints by a professional photo lab on your choice of several high-quality photo papers. My preference is the Kodak Endura metallic paper as it really makes these type of images pop off the paper.