Interesting Photo of the Day: Atlas V Rocket Launch

Satellite launches are incredible sights. The loud thrum of the rockets firing, lifting the giant thing off the ground and pulling it into outer space is enthralling. Every long exposure photographer yearns for an opportunity to photograph a satellite launch. However, these launches are restricted, and photographers can only photograph them from a fair distance. John Kraus, a 16-year-old photographer from Satellite Beach, Florida, is on the panel to photograph most non-NASA launches from a close distance, but he also gets some great shots from further away:

rocket launch long exposure

“Atlas V OA-6 viewed from Satellite Beach. | March 22 2016.” (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)

On March 22, 2016, Kraus captured this photograph of the NASA launch of the Atlas V OA-6 from 25 miles south of the launchpad, near the safety of this home.

He used a Nikon D7100 paired with a Tokina 11-20 f/2.8 lens at f/16, ISO 100 and 246 seconds. The final image is an incredible one. Kraus admits,

“I’m very proud of this streak shot. Probably my best so far.”

Like This Article?

Don't Miss The Next One!

Join over 100,000 photographers of all experience levels who receive our free photography tips and articles to stay current:

Leave a Comment

Personalize your comment with an avatar from!

Prove Your Humanity * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

New! Want more photography tips? We now offer a free newsletter for photographers:

No, my photos are the best, close this forever