Will and the Rocket Boys
caguila at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 6 09:11:01 EDT 2009
Thank, Will, for us. Really fun to see these pics. Thanks for sharing.
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From: "Brendan MacRae" <brendanmacrae1969 at yahoo.com>
To: "pdml" <pdml at pdml.net>
Sent: Sunday, October 04, 2009 11:22 AM
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
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.
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