Will and the Rocket Boys

Larry Colen lrc at red4est.com
Sun Oct 4 13:41:05 EDT 2009


On Sun, Oct 04, 2009 at 05:33:53PM +0100, Bob W wrote:
> Fantastic! They must have some real historical significance I'd have
> thought.
> 
> Bob 

Very very cool. 

I have some other friends who would love to see these, can the link be
forwarded on?

> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: pdml-bounces at pdml.net [mailto:pdml-bounces at pdml.net] On 
> > Behalf Of Brendan MacRae
> > Sent: 04 October 2009 17:22
> > To: pdml
> > Subject: OT: Will and the Rocket Boys
> > 
> > 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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Larry Colen             lrc at red4est.com            http://www.red4est.com/lrc





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