The back roads of Kennedy Space Center

As a photographer, I confess to a certain level of laziness. I’m not particularly motivated to drive six hours to get up at 3 AM to capture a Milky Way shot or anything like that. Nor, frankly, am I likely to abruptly shove a camera under someone’s nose to get that “real” street look. I’m not a confrontational photographer, that’s not what I’m after. And going places where I’m not welcome or am specifically barred from entering? Not me, baby.

Well, I work at Kennedy Space Center. I am continually bombarded with threats of job sanctions and even jail time for various transgressions that I might be considering committing – I can hardly imagine the fury that would be unleashed if a naked person’s image were to make its way to my computer screen, even accidentally. So, when it comes to taking unmarked and rarely-traveled dirt roads on the Center grounds… Yeah, probably not.

My friend and co-worker Dustin, on the other hand, has no such concerns. He has spent significant time placing instrumentation around the Center and knows those dirt roads and where they go. When Dustin wants to take a photo of a rocket launch here or at adjacent CCAFS, he knows where to go. This Halloween, Dustin was kind enough to take me along on one of those sorties. This is a vantage point for a rocket launch that the general public, lacking the security badge, is unlikely to ever attain. Note that no rules were broken; this particular vantage point was used by several different entities for camera operations including at least one remote TV truck, and our group has a semi-permanent installation there as well.


Nikon D7000, 70-210 Series E.