To witness a space shuttle launch is something that very few of us are (were) able to witness first-hand. Nevertheless, it’s comforting to know that photographers like Dan Winters were there to capture the vast beauty and immensity of lift-off for the rest of us.
Dan Winters, who grew up during the golden age—the Cronkite Age—of space reporting, is one of the photographers who has mastered the craft best. His pictures can practically singe your eyebrows and set you squinting with their brilliance, while at the same time capturing the black smoke and deep clouds that are often the counterpoint to the fires of liftoff.
These three photographs are just three of many that are included in the upcoming compilation, Last Launch, by Dan Winters.