Second Stage Tank, Saturn V

Posted on Jan 2, 2012

Second Stage Tank, Saturn V

People often take a few minutes looking at this image before figuring out what it shows. This is the top of the fuel tank in the second stage of the Saturn V moon rocket at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The tank held liquid hydrogen at -252 Celcius (-423 Farenheit) right above the liquid oxygen tank which was 70C (125F) warmer. Apparently, the biggest engineering challenge solved to build this was to develop insulation capable of keeping the contents suitably cold while being light enough to still allow the rocket to fly! Prints of this image are available with widths between 36″...

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Space Shuttle Cockpit, Houston

Posted on Jan 2, 2012

Space Shuttle Cockpit, Houston

I’ve been a space exploration nut for as long as I can remember so Space Center Houston and the rocket park at the Johnson Space Center are very high on my list of locations whenever I’m in the Houston area. This image was taken very early on a Sunday morning, before the Space Center Houston building was open to the public. I was there camping overnight with my son’s Cub Scout pack and we had the run of the facility giving me an excellent opportunity to take images without the usual crush of visitors in the way. The cockpit here is actually part of a mock-up Orbiter called...

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Texas State Capitol, Austin

Posted on Jan 2, 2012

Texas State Capitol, Austin

This landscape format shot of the Texas State Capitol in Austin was taken at the same time as the portrait version you can find here. If you are up early during the summer, head to the north side of the State Capitol building and you can catch a great image of the building with the underground rotunda in the foreground. Prints of this image are available with widths between 36″ and 60″. Available Sizes 60" x 40" $960.00 USD 48" x 32" $765.00 USD 36" x 24" $465.00 USD

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Texas State Capitol Rotunda

Posted on Jan 2, 2012

Texas State Capitol Rotunda

The Texas State Capitol is undoubtedly one of the most photographer-friendly public buildings I’ve ever had the pleasure to visit (and I’ve visited it a great deal over the last couple of decades). Not only is access easy despite new security checkpoints, it’s also open late every night. If you are in Austin, make sure to visit the building and take one of the free guided tours. Despite the apparent simplicity of this shot, getting a decent image of the interior of the dome is surprisingly tricky due to the enormous difference in light levels from the sunlit area near the...

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Chevron Building, Houston

Posted on Jan 2, 2012

Chevron Building, Houston

The collection of buildings at the corner of Smith & Bell in downtown Houston, Texas has been a favourite of mine for several years. This place epitomises the large American city skyline as far as I am concerned – tall skyscrapers covered in reflective glass panels. This junction also hosts a large, circular skywalk joining all four corners and offering a great frame when shooting upwards with a very wide-angle lens. For those interested in history, although this building is currently occupied by the Chevron oil company, it was originally built as the headquarters for Enron....

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