Welcome to the Loch Ness Productions Atlantis launch video. We created this fulldome excerpt from our launch experience at the press site of NASA's Kennedy Space Center on 8 July 2011.
We were fortunate to be accredited as press for STS-135, Atlantis's final launch. Carolyn's main job was to provide stories for Sky & Telescope's web site (skyandtelescope.com). Mark's task was to provide images to illustrate the stories.
Our fulldome camera is the Canon EOS 5DMkII with a Sigma 8mm fisheye lens. The audio was recorded using a Sony TCD-D8 portable DAT recorder with Audio-Technica AT822 stereo mic. You can hear the Canon clicking away, capturing 4K full-circle frames at just under 4 fps. We have cropped and zoomed in on them for this video, and frame-blended them in Adobe After Effects for smoother movie viewing.
Fulldome photography: Mark C. Petersen
Audio setup: Carolyn Collins Petersen
Special thanks to the wonderful media folk at the Kennedy Space Center and to Robert Naeye, Editor-in-chief, Sky & Telescope
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