Twilight launch of Falcon 9 rocket, long exposure shot from Ojai, over hills, white blue blast

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch – SAOCOM 1A Mission

The first of two SAOCOM satellites to observe hydrology and land for emergency management was launched on October 7th, 2018 by SpaceX, from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The launch is unique in that it was the first to have a Stage 1 return to land at VAB after separating from the rocket.
Initially I set up my SLR camera pointing northwest, but as soon as I saw the rocket was coming from north northwest, I was afraid it would be out of frame. I adjusted the viewpoint without stalling the image. The long exposure shot is not perfect, and would have perhaps been better taken with a wide angle lens, but it is beautiful and cannot be replicated, therefor I am including it in my portfolio.
The other shots were taken with my cell phone and edited in Photoshop.

El siete de octubre, el primer satélite de dos fue lanzado por la agencia SpaceX a través de un cuete Falcon 9, desde la base aérea “Vandenberg.”
El sátelite será utilizado para observar la hidrología y el terreno para manejo de emergencias.
El lanzamiento fue especial pues fue la primera vez que regresa para aterrizar en tierra en California la primer parte que se separa del cuete.
Mientras tomaba la imagen con mi cámara manual, temí que tal vez el cuete estuviera fuera del cuadro, así que la moví para centrarla mientras tomaba la foto. Tal vez la foto se hubiera visto mejor con un lente de menos milimetros, pero me parece hermosa y no puede ser replicada. Por esa razón, la he incluido en mi portafolio de obras.
Las demás fotos fueron tomadas con mi celular y editadas en Photoshop.

All images © Ave Valencia 2018
As usual, I was assisted by my husband José.

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