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Photographer Ann Nida  Ann Nida {Karma:45248}
Project N/A Camera Model Canon EOS REBEL 2000
Categories Transportation
Film Format
Portfolio Lens Canon  75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 EF IS USM
Uploaded 11/10/2005 Film / Memory Type Fuji  Reala
    ISO / Film Speed 100
Views 1080 Shutter
Favorites Aperture f/
Critiques 52 Rating
5.81
/ 21 Ratings
Location City -  Edwards Air Force Base
State -  CALIFORNIA
Country - United States   United States
About This one is from the archives for the aviation buffs in here. I am one of them. :) I'm posting this more for the subject matter than photographic quality. This was taken some years ago before I was honing in on my photographic skills. If I had the chance to shoot this photo again I would probably tried to have captured more dramatic images...perhaps in B&W......or been arrested in the attempt to do so. (haha)

As many people know the space shuttles sometimes land at Edwards Air Force base if the weather is not good in Forida to land there. I was fortunate enough to have seen 3 such Space Shuttle landings at Edwards Air Force Base when I was living in the Mojave Desert. My husband (recently retired from working at NASA) was the Crew Chief and Ground Marshall for this particular mission to get the Space Shuttle ready to go back to Florida. I was allowed to go behind the scenes as he got me a special pass so I could view the Shuttle and take these photos. This was pre 911 attacks. Since then the security has been tightened so nobody but the actual official workers could go there. (maybe some media reporters are allowed at times but even they are strictly monitored too now) This is the Space Shuttle Discovery being piggy backed on the specially modified 747. I got up close and personal to it for these photos but I did not go inside. My husband, however, did go inside and said he couldn't get out of there quick enough. If you can imagine all those astronauts being cooped up in there for weeks without fresh air the smell was quite pungent. (but you didn't hear me say that - haha) I also have another photo of the front of it taken straight on with the "Tug" in front of it getting ready to tow it. If any interest is shown I can post that one later too.

Hope you enjoy it.

Thank you to all who take the time to view and comment on my images. I don't often get time to do individual replies but if questions are asked I do my best to reply to those individually and try to answer any questions asked.

Cheers to you all - Ann :)
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There are 52 Comments in 1 Pages
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Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia   {K:96391} 9/7/2006
magnificent. great shot.

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mundh    {K:3974} 11/24/2005
hey ann, this is really nice n unique shot.very interesting too

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Larry Hammond Larry Hammond   {K:16631} 11/17/2005
Excellent Ann, would be something to see. In the Air and Space Smithsonian Museum Annex about a year ago I got a picture of the Enterprize. I also got many others, some of which are in my UF portfolio if you have time to browse.

Thanks for comment my posting Ann.

Larry

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Robert Gaither Robert Gaither   {K:34122} 11/17/2005
Yes I'd like to be able to photograph something like this. I know I get harassed a lot by security and police when I'm photographing. What do you think maybe we need a press pass? Excellent photograph and capture.

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ARMANDO ALC┴ZAR ARMANDO ALC┴ZAR   {K:42404} 11/16/2005
so , this is the way in that the airplanes reproduce it hahahaha!!!
the male is smaller than the female the same as in the birds of prey, hahaha!!

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cytte    {K:2089} 11/14/2005
interesting image.
regards
cytte

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Ninni Termine Ninni Termine   {K:8990} 11/12/2005
This shot is very interesting, also as I document journalistic.
Ciao
Ninni

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J Y   {K:265} 11/12/2005
Very interesting shot Ann. Well done!

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Len Webster Len Webster   {K:25714} 11/12/2005
Hi, Ann

Again, I find that I prefer the colour version of this shot (though both are fine). Very subjective preference, I guess.

Best wishes,

Len

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Ann Nida Ann Nida   {K:45248} 11/12/2005
Thanks Edward I just love a good play on words. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers - Ann :)

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Edward Clay   {K:149} 11/12/2005
Hi Ann,

This is a great image, too. But that head-on perspective on your 'full frontal' is simply intoxicating!!

Ed

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Ann Nida Ann Nida   {K:45248} 11/12/2005
Baha...I'm still working on him to travel some more but now that he's not earning those NASA BIG $'s he's watching his pennies so the trips are slowing down.....but I'm not. haha I'll let you know if and when I need a guide. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers - Ann :)

OK system up and working again now after having upload problems all day so I've now loaded the other Full Frontal photo (as I like to affectionately call it. haha

Enjoy !! :)

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Ahmed Ismail Ahmed Ismail   {K:19853} 11/11/2005
Its very nice and interesting. I would like to see the other shot too. Amazing how they transport the space shuttle. It must have been great to see the shuttle land, coming from space.

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 11/11/2005
stunning.. fly away..
roby

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Mahmoud Baha Sadri Mahmoud Baha Sadri   {K:19634} 11/11/2005
Hi Ann!
You can always come up with some thing new to blow minds right up!The photo itself together with its fine fine about lead my mind to so many
different thoughts and topics.one of them was this:
Now that your soul mate has retired,don't you think you two should start adding to the number of places you've been to?
I'd be more than happy to be your host/guide in this part of this small world!
Cheers,
baha

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H L H L   {K:11377} 11/11/2005
Perfect shot for journalism! Nice composition!
Great work Ann!
Cheers!
Harry

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Ali Naghizadeh Ali Naghizadeh   {K:19600} 11/11/2005
Cool shot Ann .. Nice composition .. well done ..

Best regards,
aLi

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jacques brisebois   {K:73883} 11/11/2005
thanks for sharing Ann, and if you want, you surely can post your second one.

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stingRay part 3 . stingRay part 3 .   {K:248368} 11/11/2005
Great shot Ann, but for me the accompanying story-line steals the show. What an interesting account of what happens over there. Thank-you for sharing.. Best wishes to you..Ray

A BIG thank-you for all your support over at my place, your comments and critique are valued and immensly appreciated and, just like you, I am going to limit individual answers to questions asked.

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Den Thompson   {K:30432} 11/11/2005
What a privilege and unique experience Ann. I hope you have this image well backed up cos it is irreplaceable. Thanks for sharing and such an in depth about.
Den

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Robert Kocs Robert Kocs   {K:89085} 11/11/2005
Very nice capture, well seen! Superb vision, lovely apt title! Well done Ann! 7/7

Have a nice week-end!
Robert

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Danny Brannigan   {K:19523} 11/11/2005
Great capture Ann. I loved seeing the pic and your comprehensive about explained it all. Thank you.

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Susie OConnor Susie OConnor   {K:34798} 11/11/2005
Cool shot Ann. And quite a story to go with it. We were in Florida when one launched once and got to watch it, but never up close and personal like this. Very nice.

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Kelly Duntley Kelly Duntley   {K:13889} 11/11/2005
What a wonderful experience you had here. I sure liked your little commentary about the photo. Sure makes it more interesting to look at and truely imagine goes what goes on behind the scenes. Very professional like Ann!!! You must have been a photojournalist in a previous life time.
Kelly

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Ann Nida Ann Nida   {K:45248} 11/11/2005
I thought you'd be along to see this one Shawn. :) I knew you were an aviation fan. I did also do a B&W version but opted to post the colour. I'll be posting another front on shot of this tomorrow so tune in tomorrow for another angle of this one then you can change that one to B&W too. :)

Cheers - Ann :)

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Shaun Rullens Shaun Rullens   {K:2732} 11/11/2005
Oh yes, I love Aircraft shot!!

Great shot Ann, Here is a B&W version of yours. I use Paint Shop Pro 7 and virtual Photograher plug in.

Shawn

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Ann Nida Ann Nida   {K:45248} 11/11/2005
Just for that I'm going to go back to your No replies necessary - thank you thread and make another post there. haha

Geeez I must be bored tonight. Ha ha

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 11/11/2005
OK, no more replies tonight, but thanks for that great info. I'm gonna think hard for something to post for you ;)

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Ann Nida Ann Nida   {K:45248} 11/11/2005
Hi again Ina, I know the desert has some beautiful wild poppy seasons and I have taken some photos of those too. Would love to see yours posted some day.

The aviation interest is in both myself and hubby as we are both pilots and enjoy flying. One day I'll post a photo of hubby's favourite toy. Our little Cessna 150 Texas Taildragger. Being ex NASA guy he did all sorts of weird mods on it so it's a unique aircraft. Even though it looks like a normal plane it isn't performance wise....sorry I'm babbling.

Anyway...I'm surprised this photo generated as much interest as it did but I guess things unearthly do pique people's interests.

Thanks for dropping by and really... there's no need to reply to this message. Sometimes I wish we had private message features for such messages passed between members but I guess that's what Usefilm's chat room is for.

Cheers - Ann :)

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Don Price   {K:1376} 11/11/2005
Great picture and even a better story to go with it!!
Don

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 11/11/2005
Hi Ann, and thanks for identifying them. I have no connection with aviation (other than when I go on vacations) and those things flew above my head, as I was concentrating on some wild flowers this spring. It's great you know so much about them, they are fascinating machines. Love your other pic with flying in the desert, too!

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Ann Nida Ann Nida   {K:45248} 11/11/2005
Ina the smaller plane ius an F-16 and the larger one is a modified 747. The funny thing on the nose is a laser turret. IT's for shooting down missiles. So even though they aren't UFO's they were after the aliens to shoot them down. LOL :)

Thanks for posting this. It was interesting to see that funny nosed one. Cheers - Ann :)

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Don Loseke Don Loseke   {K:32503} 11/11/2005
This is a great picture Ann. I saw t his one time as we went by the airport in Kansas City many years ago. Don.

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 11/11/2005
OK, here it is:

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Rashed Abdulla Rashed Abdulla   {K:163889} 11/11/2005
very great moment and wonderful capture,very great details and beautiful colors ,i did enjoy alot viewing this image,very best regards my friend.

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Ann Nida Ann Nida   {K:45248} 11/11/2005
Oh no Ina....they weren't planes. They were alien UFO's and now that you have evidence of their existence they will come looking for you. I hear they don't like the cold though so you may be OK up there where you are. LOL :)

Seriously though...why don't you post a photo. Maybe I or someone else can identify them.

Cheers - Ann :)

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 11/11/2005
Great shot Ann, I was wondering how you got that close, but read all about it!. Very impressive! I shot two weird airplanes when in CA, as I was taking pics of flowers in the desert, I have no idea what they were - but sure didn't look like passenger planes.

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Gregory McLemore Gregory McLemore   {K:35079} 11/10/2005
Incredible capture.

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John Beavin John Beavin   {K:4477} 11/10/2005
Hey Ann , you don't have to ask if we are interested in seeing more, just bring em on, this one is great, as is your narrative. I never thought about the lack of fresh air on a mission so you are educating us earthlings.

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Ann Nida Ann Nida   {K:45248} 11/10/2005
Lyle...I think if you got your friend's permission and wrote in the "about" that it was your friend who took the actual shot then you're OK to post it. At least that's what I believe. I'm sure there isn't a law against it in here as long as you ahve your friend's permission. I for one would LOVE to see such a photo. Would be great. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Cheers - Ann :)

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Joe Alexander Joe Alexander   {K:695} 11/10/2005
Good job and yur right it would be very rare to get this shot today. Your husband had the best view I'm sure. Joe

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Lyle  Lyle     {K:594} 11/10/2005
Hi Ann...great shot of the space shuttle. They recently had a shuttle landing at Edwards but I did not learn of it in time to get up there. So, I have a friend whose married to someone working as a crew chief for the shuttle and he sent me a fantastic shot of the shuttle being readied for the piggy back ride to Florida. It was at night with all the lights on it then a bolt of lightning hit a few miles away. A fantastic shot. I wish I could post it. Anyway, I hope to get there when there is another landing. Take care.

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patrizio napolitano   {K:13119} 11/10/2005
the photo is very beautiful, but the document is high-powered.
thank you for having posted it
patrizio

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Margaret Sturgess   {K:49403} 11/10/2005
Ann this is amazing - thanks for sharing, and taking the time to put such an interesting about, and what an experience to witness. It is a great shot as well
Margaret
By the way I expect at least one more reply/comment or thank you 'Before Christmas' !!! LOL Be generous go for one a month :) :) thanks for the smile

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NN  NN     {K:26787} 11/10/2005
Hi Ann! This IS a truly special and interesting shot; thanks for sharing!

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Guido Tweepenninckx Guido Tweepenninckx   {K:20076} 11/10/2005
great and unique shot

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Adelino Barreto   {K:12661} 11/10/2005
It's an intresting photo!
Regards.

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Dave Stacey Dave Stacey   {K:150877} 11/10/2005
Excellent capture, Ann, and a very interesting "about"! Certainly a unique shot!
Dave.

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Ismet Smajis Ismet Smajis   {K:6911} 11/10/2005
Very nice .I like it1

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Michael J. Wagner   {K:5896} 11/10/2005
Superb photo Ann, 9-11 changed many things, nice about.

Michael

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BISWAJIT DASGUPTA   {K:2818} 11/10/2005
Excellent.......composition,nice capture,best regards.

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Gustavo Scheverin Gustavo Scheverin   {K:164498} 11/10/2005
WOW!, que gran toma!, impactante!
Vamos a dar un vuelo?..:-)
Un abrazo!

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