Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Megan and Evan

After I started Goldman photography facebook page, I posted that the 100th person to "Like" my page would get some free photos...well, here they are!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

More from Grissom/Liberty Bell 7 Anniversary

Morning Message from the ISS!
A boy examining his breakfast

Engineers and Nurse of the Mercury Program

Engineers of the Mercury Program sign a photo of the Liberty Bell being pulled from the the guy on the right. :)
Earl Mullins, director of The Space Museum, welcomes those who helped make Mercury possible.

Betty and Mark Grissom Q&A

Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Memorial in Mitchell

Kids line up to Launch Water Rockets

Liberty Bell 7 50th Anniversary

On July 21st, 1961, the Mercury-Redstone rocket named Liberty Bell 7 sat on the launch pad. Virgil “Gus” Grissom was the astronaut in the pilot seat. The rocket launched at 7:20 am EST making Gus the second American to venture into space. ...His flight only lasted 15 minutes and 37 seconds. Trouble hit when after the craft landed in the ocean. The explosive actuators on the hatch blew early filling the Liberty Bell with water. Gus made it out of the space craft while his space suit filled with water. A marine helicopter was present and trying to rescue the Liberty Bell, but had to abandon it because of the weight of the water it had taken on. The Liberty Bell 7 sank to the bottom of the ocean (recovery occurred in 1999.) Gus was rescued after 3 or 4 minutes treading water in a heavy space suit. NASA originally blamed Gus for opening the hatch early, Gus maintained it was a malfunction. After an investigation Gus was proven correct, the door malfunctioned upon impact.

Gus continued with NASA and worked with the Gemini Project. The capsules used in the Gemini Project had the nickname “Gusmobile” because Gus worked heavily on the design of the space craft. Donald Slayton once noted "Gemini would not fly without a guy at the controls... It was laid out the way a pilot likes to have the thing laid out... Gus was the guy who did all that."

The space capsule in the background is Gemini-Titan 3 (Titan was the name of the rocket, as Redstone was the name of the Mercury rocket). It was nicknamed the “Molly Brown” in honor of the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown from the Titanic. It was also the last time NASA allowed spacecraft to be nicknamed.

Gus became the first person to fly twice in space. After the completion of the Gemini program, NASA and America was ready to continue their trip to the Moon. Gus was one of the astronauts chosen for the Apollo program and the only remaining active astronaut from the Mercury program. Gus would also be the first man to make three trips into space.

On January 27, 1967 Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were conducting tests of the Apollo 1 spacecraft when it caught fire and killed all three astronauts inside.

July 21st, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Gus Grissom's first flight into space atop the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft. Here, Betty Grissom, 84, wife of Gus Grissom, has returned home to Mitchell Indiana and to Spring Mill State Park where the Molly Brown is on permanent display. One of the engineers who worked on the Mercury program examines the Molly Brown in the background.

More Images:
Masato Maruyama makes the trip from Tokyo Japan

A young girl looks over the monument

Attendants pray at the beginning of the wreath laying

Media interviews Betty and Mark Grissom (son)

Gemini III - "Molly Brown"

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The summer continues

with approximately 1700 frames shot so far in the month of July, it takes me a while to go through them all.

Here we were taking turns throwing waterballoons at each others heads. 
(images are jpg smalls)

A busy Summer

It's been a busy summer and I've taken many, many photos. Here's a sample.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Glass vs. Plastic Reflectors

Recently purchased a glass frame from walmart for 3 bucks. Was wanting to make this:

So I could do this:
Ok, so the black bottom piece in the top photo was replaces by white foam core board for the picture of the butterfly.  With black:

But decided to try it as:

The bottom piece in my super secret macro set up used in many of my reflection pictures seen here:

This is achieved by using a hint from Larry.
my normal set up looks something similar to:

I now use a piece of black foam core for the back ground to avoid getting a variety of color reflections as seen:

(even though I do think this one is cool.)

But, my plastic is getting scratched I keep seeing things like this:

So, I gave the glass a try:

I didn't like the double refraction. So I went back to the plastic base:

Ahhh...Clean reflection.

Set up Summary:

2 boxes of baby wipes, painted black.
1 poster frame, painted black.
1 white foam board.
1 11X17 picture frame with black mat.

D90, 85 macro, 2 sb600's and 1 sb700.