During my college years in Daytona Beach I was rather blesses with opportunities to drive down to Titusville and witness some awe inspiring shuttle launches. One of my very first ones was STS-120.
Back in those days my camera of choice was a Canon Rebel XT paired with a 75-300mm lens. I was also a weird fan of UV filters at the time, but as you can see in the photos, the filters often lead to ghost images.
The orbiter used for this particular mission was Discovery, which has been a source of inspiration for me over the years. Going down to the cape to witness these events was definitely one of the best highlights of my college years.
After the orbiters left the earth, you'd always have some interesting cloud formations left by the engines on its way into space, over the years the photos of these only got more interesting. For now I leave you with my first attempt at capturing these.