It was nearly 2 AM when we headed down to see the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Los Angeles is it’s final resting home and I wanted to get at least one night shot of it. I took a risk and headed down a street that was so jam packed with cars people were parking in the center median of a residential street. Luck was on my side and I found a parking spot just one block away from where the shuttle was. Endeavour was stopped one block away for about 10 minutes it seemed. Every once in a while it would shift on it’s custom transport. It was such an incredible event to experience and to share it with family made the experience that much better.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour eventually moved past us. Because I was using a tripod and long exposures, the blur as it passed by made it look like it was doing 80 mph down the boulevard. The crowd was excited and happy. People were shooting Endeavour on everything from high end SLRs to cell phones and even iPads. It was kinda funny to see a bunch of 2″ LCD screens then a huge screen with two hands holding it up. It looked like they were at the Shuttle transition but were watching it live on their flatscreen tv’s. I guess it’s just one of those things you’ll start seeing more of. Still makes me chuckle a little. But, at the same time it was still very exciting and I thought it was cool that people were capturing this moment every way possible.
Space Shuttle Endeavour Los Angeles
The shuttle was moving at about 4 miles an hour. That doesn’t sound fast, but considering the average speed of an LA freeway at rush hour is 5 mph, suddenly 4 doesn’t sound so bad.