Searching For Sandbags

There were quite a number of celebrities that made the trip to see this launch, including Seth Greene, Levar Burton, some guy that used to be on ER, and most importantly… the President! Here are some photos of what we’ve been up to so far:

This is where we put one of Jook’s two fisheye cameras

Now, you see that sandbag leaning against the tripod?  NASA actually requires that all cameras inside the perimeter fence have to be tethered to stakes in the ground, and weighed down by sandbags.  But word quickly spread Thursday morning that NASA couldn’t find any of their sandbags!  So all the different camera crews were stuck waiting for them to figure out what to do.  We didn’t want to take any chances, so we actually drove to a hardware store, bought empty sandbags and a shovel, and made our own.

We drove around until we luckily “found” some sand behind a church and um… borrowed it.  The van was riding pretty low with all the weight, but it solved our problem.  Here’s our crew notes video after the final camera was in place!  

Despite the first family being here to see Endeavor, the launch had to be scrubbed because of an equipment problem. This is what the NASA Press Room looks like when we’re all trying to find out what is happening next.

Getting Ready for Endeavour

It’s the middle of the night and I’m packing up my cameras and gear in anticipation of flying down to Florida for the launch of the Shuttle Endeavour on Friday.  I just checked the weather forecast for the day of the launch and it’s looking a bit better.  I really hope we avoid any delays this time around. 

I’m excited to see the launch of the Endeavour.  I remember it sitting in the Orbital Processing Facility, waiting for it’s engines to be installed.  And now it’s set and ready to blast off into space for the very last time. 

And thanks to Dolly McCarthy and Jennie Barger for a video piece they did about me for NCTV this week.  I appreciate the coverage, and my kids like seeing me on TV. What isn’t mentioned is how much I’ve enjoyed working with the rest of the Last Shuttle Project team.  I’m looking forward to seeing them before the launch, and hopefully we’ll have some downtime to enjoy some seafood together. 

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Membership Directory

This is the 8th year in a row that my photography is featured in the Naperville Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory.  I always enjoy doing these features; it’s wonderful to show off the photographs I’ve taken around town over the past year.  And it’s simply a great looking book. 

Thousands of these are mailed to businesses in the area.  You’ll see them everywhere.  There are about 70 pages of my photographs, and a number of them are full page spreads like you see here. 

I was just looking at the first one I did for them, back when I was still shooting film (yes, I said film!) And now they have them online.  If you’d like to check out the whole book in digital form you can.  Just follow this link, and click on the small window next to where it says “Mayor’s Welcome” Membership Directory Online