OT: Will and the Rocket Boys

P N Stenquist pnstenquist at comcast.net
Sun Oct 4 12:37:30 EDT 2009

Great stuff. A couple the pics with people are fabulous. Particularly  
the tight one and the one with the car.
On Oct 4, 2009, at 12:22 PM, Brendan MacRae wrote:

> I've offered up a couple of pithy aphorisms to this list by Will  
> Connell, Sr., the photographer who founded the photography  
> department at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His son,  
> Will Jr., is married to my aunt and we've become fast friends  
> recently.
> When Will Jr. was in college studying engineering in the late  
> 1950's, he and his peers were big into rocketry. They built their  
> rockets, 7' long, 150lb monsters (some with two-stages), and  
> launched them in the high desert above Los Angeles. If you've seen  
> the movie October Sky about former NASA engineer Homer Hickam, well,  
> Will's is a similar story. After college Will went into the  
> aerospace industry and worked on the X-15 rocket plane among other  
> projects.
> He asked me recently if I would scan some old 6x6 and 6x9 color  
> negatives of his rocketry launches. I don't know what emulsions were  
> used but it was some form of Kodak Safety Film from the late 50's.  
> There were also two (2) 6x9 color transparencies. I don't know what  
> kind of cameras were used for the 6x9 images, but the 6x6's were  
> made on a TLR of some type. You'll notice that the pressure plate of  
> this camera was not keeping the film flat at the time of exposure as  
> the edges are uniformly soft. The negs were scanned on my Nikon  
> 9000ED at 2000 dpi. The photos were taken by a friend of Will's.
> I asked Will if I could share these with y'all and he thought that  
> was fine. Enjoy!
> http://www.primelensphoto.com/wills_rocketry_photos/index.html
> -Brendan
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