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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-10-2008 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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These seven astronauts take a break from training to pose for the STS-124 crew portrait. From the left are astronauts Gregory E. Chamitoff, Michael E. Fossum, both STS-124 mission specialists; Kenneth T. Ham, pilot; Mark E. Kelly, commander; Karen L. Nyberg, Ronald J. Garan and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Akihiko Hoshide, all mission specialists. Chamitoff is scheduled to join Expedition 17 as flight engineer after launching to the International Space Station on mission STS-124. (NASA photo: STS124-S-002)

KSCartist
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posted 01-11-2008 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now this one I really like. I might be proven wrong by one of our photo experts but it doesn't appear to be the crew photoshopped into a scene. But I'm sure the crew patch on the floor is there by the magic of technology.

But upon further inspection of the hi-res image, there are no "hangars" just west of the launch pad. So my bad... but it's still a great crew photo.

heng44
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posted 01-11-2008 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel sorry for the anonymous Photoshop-artist who had to cut out all the windows in the hangar door to expose the Shuttle-photo behind it.

Mr Meek
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posted 01-11-2008 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, the whole thing has 'Photoshop' written all over it. Beyond the little "halos" in the windows (and the lack of any hangar that close to the pad), there are a few more photographic clues.

Looking at the hi-res, you can see a definite grain in the hangar backdrop which is not present in the crew. Furthermore, the crew's outline is almost too sharp in places, though the editor missed two big spots. Hoshide's right arm is bordered by a large, angular black splotch. This is repeated to a lesser extent between Kelly and Ham.

The shadow is a nice try, but look at the shadow of the window frames on the real floor. The irregularities in the floor cause all sorts of distortions in the shadows. These are not present in the crew's shadow.

Moving on, both "NASA" and the crew patch have the pristine texture-free digitalness of an Illustrator file pulled directly into Photoshop. There's a bit of aliasing on the crew patch, though. The editor converted the vector file to a bitmap, then skewed the perspective to match the floor.

And finally, there's the photographer's favorite: Reflective surfaces. Take a look in the helmets, and you can pretty clearly see both the lighting setup and the fact that they were standing in an otherwise dark room.

It's really too bad, because this is a neat idea for a photo. Who else wants to take up a collection for NASA to go build this scene for real?

Tom
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posted 01-11-2008 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hangar kind of reminds me of that scene in the "Right Stuff".

If that building was real, it would be on the crawlerway just south of the pad ramp.

Very different... great shot!

Mike Dixon
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posted 01-11-2008 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Personally, I love it... but there's always a "but"...

Pity the background framing wasn't lowered to avoid the view of the ceiling and the greyed out window frames which would have allowed for a complete view of the bottom of the patch.

tegwilym
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posted 01-12-2008 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Different but good!

I'll admit that the first thing that came to my mind when I saw that was the "Shuttle Launch Experience" ride at KSC. I think the background reminded me of that first big room you stand in when you first enter.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-20-2008 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome Crew Potter...er, Poster!

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Mr Meek
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posted 03-20-2008 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See? Now THAT is more like it. I mean, if you're going to Photoshop the heck out of a picture, you might as well make it awesome. Well done, anonymous NASA media person.

KSCartist
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posted 03-20-2008 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There you go! Why don't they use these as the official ones Robert?

Maybe you can ask that the nest time you speak to them.

icarkie
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posted 03-21-2008 03:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's a bit of Gothic about it

cspg
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posted 03-21-2008 04:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's a fun side to it...

But it's a bit scary too. I'm not sure I would open the ISS hatch to this crew...

P.S. No machine guns? laser sabers? axes? I'm disappointed!

Jay Chladek
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posted 03-21-2008 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mark Kelly needs a lightning bolt scar on his head.

BMckay
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posted 06-03-2008 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got a copy back. It looks nice. Not a photo to use for autographs unless they sign in gold or silver.

Henk Boshuijer
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posted 06-08-2008 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last week I received this picture back from NASA signed by all crewmembers. Not signed in silver or gold but still the result is very nice.

lunarrv15
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posted 06-08-2008 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Someone was auctioning this on eBay two weeks ago and I was the high bidder... $15.

Wouldn't mind the crew signing it. Then I fear of it becoming loss among volume of mail.

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