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
> 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
> 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!
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