On Saturday (11/7) evening, I was in the middle of shooting two timelapse sequences on Coronado Island when I saw a bright light coming from the horizon. I watched this very bight light slowly gain in elevation and climb across the sky. After a brief second of confusion, I excited realized I was witnessing a rocket launch! I've photographed a number of launches from NASA Wallops Flight Facility (1, 2, 3, 4) while living on the East Coast and this was very familiar.
I grabbed my Nikon D800E / Sigma 24mm 1.4 ART lens off of my timelapse rail and made some adjustments to photograph the rocket as the launch continued. It was incredibly exciting to unexpectedly be photographing something like this.
Be sure to check out this article on IFLS for some further information on the launch.
The LAist also posted a great article with my photos and timelapse clip!
You can check out the short timelapse clip that caught part of the launch here. I was testing out a day to night technique, so having this fly through my frame was certainly a nice surprise.
Reports are that testing will continue through November 12th, 2015.