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Final Flight of the Shuttle Endeavour

Uploaded by: Piddler1

Friday September 21, 2012

Playa Del Rey, CA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Being crowd phobic, I chose a quiet viewing spot on an empty beach near LAX and figured I had a 20% chance of seeing the shuttle and a 100% chance of enjoying the last lazy day of a perfect summer.... What a surprise when the shuttle suddenly burst over the crest of the hill behind me, just a few hundred yards from where I stood daydreaming! I'll forever savor the first shots I popped off- all of them perfectly composed, and all featuring the five little piggies on my right foot.... ;)

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29. Doesiedoats
8:19 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
It's always nice to have messages left for me
that enable me to go looking for things I may
have missed previously. I missed this one.
Now I have seen an excellent capture of the
final flight.

Thank you!

Congratulations on this AC!
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28. Danube
8:54 PM GMT on October 20, 2012
This photo is my favorite.
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27. WurzelDave
3:56 PM GMT on October 13, 2012
Super capture & AC.
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25. Wanda1948
6:54 PM GMT on September 24, 2012
Fantastic shot, thank you! Congratulations!
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24. Leelee
3:46 PM GMT on September 24, 2012
Thank you for this wonderful shot, Jamie, and congrats on your very well deserved AC!
Andrea
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23. tazphotogal
11:18 AM GMT on September 24, 2012
Jamie: Fantastic AC---how fortunate you were to be in the spot, so close, and such a shot. :0) Looks like they were taking good care of her flying in. Thank you for sharing with all of us :0) Karen
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22. Ajax558
10:40 AM GMT on September 24, 2012
Wow! All I can say is only Good Luck,Good Camera,and fine photographic skill can produce a great photo like this. The best I have seen of the event. Congratulations!
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21. EndlessHorizon
9:09 AM GMT on September 24, 2012
Congratulations on a well deserved AC! I was in the air over San Jose, but my camera chose that moment to fail. More than any other shot I've seen, this one is the one that will stick in my memory of the Endeavor's last flight.

I've heard that the most spectacular part of Endeavor's journey is now underway: the twelve mile drive to the museum. I've heard that trees and power lines had to be removed for the shuttle's passage, and that in places, the clearance for the wings is still only six inches. I've heard that's the reason the shuttle is traveling at roughly 1 mph. (I've also heard all those trees will be replaced with even more new trees at the museum's expense.) I don't know how much of that is true, but here in the Bay area, we've got signs up on the freeways here warning motorists to expect delays on LA freeways for the next few days. I imagine that a huge shuttle crawling along at 1 mph might disrupt traffic! Good luck! :^) Planning to come visit LA soon, when the shuttle is on display. Glad that Endeavor will be calling LA home from now on.
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20. Happysnappy
8:34 AM GMT on September 24, 2012
This has to be the best shot I have seen of this moment in history. I can imagine your surprise as it suddenly came upon you.
Have you thought to offer it to any magazines or newspapers? I seriously think you can make some money from this one.
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19. Piddler1
5:24 AM GMT on September 24, 2012
I want to say thanks for all your comments! I live next door to LAX, so when I hobbled down to the beach on Friday, it was primarily to escape from the noisy media helicopters. My plan, if I got lucky, was to somehow incorporate part of the local landscape into the photo, but things evolved too tightly, although I did get a shot of the 747 pilot with his face glued to the window, possibly checking the sand for babes.... ;)

I've looked at hundreds of photos since the shuttle first departed and the best ones (to me) involve landmark backgrounds and/or foreground spectators. My favorite shot was snapped by an LA Times photographer who turned away from the airshow to capture the spectators inside the Proud Bird restaurant near LAX. Christina House not only caught the folks popping away inside the two story eatery, she also froze the reflected shuttle's image on the outside of it's glass walls!

Kudos to her, she took a creative chance, and she got the killer shot!!
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18. Bluesmaster
3:12 AM GMT on September 24, 2012
Awesome shot, AC congrats!
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17. windchimes1
1:42 AM GMT on September 24, 2012
Best shot I have seen of this historic moment.Thanks for sharing. Awesome capture!!!!!!
AC Congratulations
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16. Faasai
1:38 AM GMT on September 24, 2012
WOOW!An fantastic shot.Congratulations on a well deserved new AC!
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15. Emthon
1:14 AM GMT on September 24, 2012
Truly, a historic and stunning moment captured for all of us to enjoy. Thanks!
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14. summer04
1:01 AM GMT on September 24, 2012
Super photo, how lucky you were!
(glad you kept the toes pic to yourself).
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13. angelafritz (Admin)
11:37 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
Thanks for sharing! How lucky you were. ;)
12. gilg72
11:28 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
Wow! A wonderful once in a lifetime shot. Congratulations on this great AC!
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11. Biskitten
11:26 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
Fantastic capture - AC Congrats!
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10. gatorgal
11:20 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
Wow!
What gorgeous toes you have!
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9. newenglandlight
11:14 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
Awesome shot! Congrats!
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8. RenoSoHill
11:12 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
This is a fantastic capture - should be framed! (Piggies hanging next to it - optional!)
Congratulations Jamie!
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7. breezer
10:58 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
I bet your smile on your face went from ear to ear on your drive home? Awesome capture
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6. teach50
10:57 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
Spectacular shot.
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5. Madermade
10:56 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
WOW or WOW..that has to be the best shot I have seen of the shuttle...absolutely spectacular! (now let us see a couple of shots of those little piggies..:)
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4. cyril8
10:45 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
What an exciting and excellent capture!
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3. bird12
10:23 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
That is one pretty and niceShot ...
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2. Piddler1
10:12 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
Thanks Donna, a bit of a cliche though, I'm afraid....
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1. catilac
10:08 PM GMT on September 23, 2012
Outstanding shot!!!
UPDATE: Congratulations!
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