Will and the Rocket Boys

eckinator eckinator at gmail.com
Sun Oct 4 13:53:50 EDT 2009


Way cool. In shot 6 at the base of the rocket, is that a beer can used
as a support?
If so, a prime example of engineering - if it works, it is the right
tool for the job... ]=)
Cheers
Ecke

2009/10/4 Bob W <pdml at web-options.com>:
> Fantastic! They must have some real historical significance I'd have
> thought.
>
> Bob
>
>> -----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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