Sep 28, 2011

Picture of the Day: Awesome Dutch Angle Shot of Endeavour Space Launch




dutch angle tilt space shuttle launch endeavour Picture of the Day: Awesome Dutch Angle Shot of Endeavour Space Launch
Photograph by NASA/Sandra Joseph and Kevin O’Connell


An exhaust cloud engulfs Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida as space shuttle Endeavour lifts off into the night sky. The primary payload for the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station is the Tranquility node, a pressurized module that will provide additional room for crew members and many of the station’s life support and environmental control systems. Attached to one end of Tranquility is a cupola, a unique work area with six windows on its sides and one on top. The cupola resembles a circular bay window and will provide a vastly improved view of the station’s exterior. The multi-directional view will allow the crew to monitor space-walks and docking operations, as well as provide a spectacular view of Earth and other celestial objects. The module was built in Turin, Italy, by Thales Alenia Space for the European Space Agency. [Source]

A Dutch angle is achieved by tilting the camera off to the side so that the shot is composed with the horizon at an angle to the bottom of the frame. Many Dutch angles are static shots at an obscure angle. A Dutch angle differs from a high-angle shot or low-angle shot (although Dutch angle shots are often combined with those for artistic and/or dramatic effect), in that those refer to placement of the camera in height relative to the subject (which for human subjects is mostly defined by a person’s eyeline). [Source]


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