Space Shuttle Endeavour over Los Angeles

The space shuttle Endeavour flying over the Los Angeles area on Sept. 21, 2012. The photo was taken from Chaney Trail in the Angeles National Forest looking toward NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Although I work in a downtown L.A. high-rise, I rolled the dice and decided to watch the Endeavour's flyover from the San Gabriel Mountain foothills above NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

I thought I might be able to get a little closer and I was hoping to get a photo of the shuttle with downtown L.A. and the Santa Monica Mountains in the distance. Unfortunately, there was mostly smog in the distance. 

But the shuttle had a nice flyover and I grabbed a few shots with my crap-o 70 to 200 mm Nikon lens, which somehow manages to kind of work despite being dropped in the ocean and caught in a Mojave Desert sandstorm. 

The light kind of sucked, so I ran the above photo (which was heavily cropped) through the Snapseed app on my iPad and gave it a vintage feel. Suddenly not so bad. The effects help make up for lack of perspective -- let's face it, this photo could have been taken anywhere along the shuttle's voyage from Florida to L.A. 

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