A Reuter’s Photographer on How to Shoot a Rocket Launch
Patience, remote cameras, and a lot of hoping
It’s always interesting to get a look into the mind of a working photojournalist on an interesting assignment, and that certainly describes Benoit Tessier’s trip to photograph the launch of a French spacecraft.
Reading the full article will give you the full setting and details, but it was predictably the technical info that piqued our interest the most. For the shoot, he employed a 600mm F/4L zoom lens from a remote location, which didn’t provide good results. That the shoot int he hands two remote cameras — both Canon 1D Mark IVs, one with a 24-105 F/4L IS and the other with a 70-200 F/2.8L IS II — in a bunker near the launch pad.
The resulting shots are very interesting and the story is an interesting one, especially if you’re currently stuck at your desk, wishing you were out in the field with a camera in your hands. Or at least some remote cameras working for you.