Top 10 Must-See Endeavour Photos, Videos

Patch readers from all over the Southland contributed stellar shots of the space shuttle Endeavour. See the highlights here.

The space shuttle Endeavour's victory lap around the Los Angeles region Friday was a spectacle that launched a thousand camera clicks.

The shuttle, riding on top of a NASA 747, was a dramatic sight for thousands of residents who captured the Endeavour as it passed by L.A.'s most scenic backdrops: the Hollywood sign, the Santa Monica Pier, L.A. City Hall and many other local landmarks.

Many Patch readers submitted photos and videos of Endeavour and our editorial team also took photos and videos from L.A.'s scenic outlooks. Scroll through the photo gallery above to see are some of the best photos Patch published Friday.

If you have a photo or video you'd like to add to Patch's gallery, click here and click the button under the videos that says "Upload Photos And Videos." You'll see your photo or video posted right away. 

The MOG September 25, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Eileen, I'm psychic. I'm convinced that you a Manchurian Space Alien with the Pre-Invasion scouting party! Just kidding. What isn't funny, is I'm sitting watching the US Pres. use the momentous occassion to lecture the World Assembly on the perniousness of ideas,however expressed,whether they be noble,or base;conveyed via personal electronic global transmissions. The reasons for the great struggles of War & Peace the peoples in Central Asia,Middle East are engaged in today have zero to do with video on the inter-net. They are the results of The Administration's tragic Foriegn Policy,which, frankly, differed little from the previous Administration's. Totalitarian Governments, that practice forced abortion/1 Child Policy, Wealth Distribution,Internet Censorship, fear a free flow of ideas, the US should not; precisely because there are billions in Asia who suffer from hunger,poverty,ignorance, and disease. It is the Craft of Statesmanship to balance those dire human concerns with the imparitives of Economic Freedoms, which in turn ensure personal,individual liberties.
Ryan Martin September 25, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Did you not read the very article you posted? http://www.latimes.com/news/local/readers-rep/la-me-rr-shuttle-endeavour-hollywood-sign-20120924,0,6637247.story That photo could have easily been captured from his vantage point (on top of the U.S. Bank building) when the shuttle flew over OTHER landmarks, not the Hollywood sign. The compression created by a 400mm lens would easily make it appear that the shuttle was much closer to the Hollywood sign that it was. But such an acclaimed photographer such as yourself should already know that, right? Gary Friedman is a highly respected professional photojournalist (unlike yourself) and I am pretty sure he would not destroy his career and reputation by Photoshopping that photo. You may call yourself a photographer, but you are not a professional, sorry. Owning an expensive camera does not make you a professional photographer and the world's expert on what is photoshopped and what isn't.
Brian Michaels September 25, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I don't think I ever said anything about being a professional photographer. Not really sure why you feel the need to engage in personal attacks on me, since you don't know me, in a public forum Ryan Martin. Instead of all the personal attacks why don't you pull your head out of your ass and simply find one phone, or video of which there are hundreds and hundreds available to anyone with a computer and internet access, that depicts a banking maneuver on the East to West pass of the sign occurring in front of it. When you find it. Lemme know and Ill recant. You can chose to believe everything you see and read because it says "LA Times" on it. I don't.
Stephanie September 25, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Really Stuart? I agree with Ali. The more experienced workers for NASA are busy putting on a diaper and driving across the country. When that lady did that to attack her ex boyfriend's new girlfriend, I lost faith in the space program. Your tax dollars at work!
John Schreiber (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Guys, before this gets too heated, let me offer some perspective as a photojournalist. These kinds of questions always come up when a unique or once-in-a-lifetime photo is taken. Brian-- I see your point -- The shuttle never did do any banking turns over the Hollywood sign. However, I believe the LA Times photo was not taken during the shuttle fly over of the Hollywood sign. It was taken when the shuttle was flying over the city. As Ryan was saying, when photos are taken with a long lens, compression occurs and it gives the appearance that objects are closer together than they actually are. A good example is this photo of the Griffith Observatory (many examples of it on Google images): http://www.experiencingla.com/2011/02/griffith-observatory-at-twilight.html We all know the city is not that close to the observatory, but by using a 400mm or 600mm lens, image compression gives us that impression in the photo. The same can apply for the shuttle photo taken from the US Bank Building.
Duff Strong September 25, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Tonight at 11! When photography goes baaaad!! You guys are hilarious.
Brian Michaels September 25, 2012 at 09:21 PM
John. Contrary to some of the accusations of me being some schlock with a Rebel, I shot pretty damn good gear that day and was also shooting a 400 at no more than 2 miles away. So I know fully what effect a 400 at 2.8 will look like. Thats exactly what I shot with as well. If the Times had said they used a 600 id say sure. Possible. Even if they used the best glass they could get, 400 is still 400. The US Bank building is 15.8 miles to the Hollywood sign excluding the speed and altitude of the plane..................With a 400? Really? Ok im done here. Thx for your feedback John.
Brian Michaels September 25, 2012 at 09:25 PM
@John. Since you are a photojournalist, let me ask you this. You have 30 seconds to get this once in a lifetime shot and you have to pick your spot not knowing where the subject is gonna be. Friedman chose US Bank Building. Gives him the chance to shoot the entire basin. However, assume my facts that the Shuttle NEVER flew in front of the sign which was the shot of a lifetime he hoped to get, and in fact flew behind the mountains for his money shot and he didn't get it. It's not possible, that LA Times or not, out of total despair he slapped it together and before it was too late to recant it was in the public domain?
John Schreiber (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Brian -- The simple answer (and I will shut up after this), is no. I cannot speak for him, but I highly, HIGHLY doubt Mr. Friedman would jeopradize his 30 year career as a photojournalist to doctor a space shuttle photo. This was a small event compared to some of the things he has covered in the past (According to his bio at least: http://framework.latimes.com/who-we-are/gary-friedman/). Even in a bind, it is better to go back to the office with no photo than a doctored photo. The Times had at least half a dozen photographers out that day so it wasn't like he was their only source for photos. If you get caught (and trust me, you will if you are doctoring photos), your career as a photojournalist is gone in a puff of smoke. No newspaper is going to hire you. Doctoring an image as a photojournalist is like cooking the books as an accountant. If there is one hallowed rule you follow as a photojournalist, it is "Do not alter the truth of an image." It is a principle that I follow at Patch and I know the L.A. Times photo staff follows as well. You are of course free to disagree, but that is the perspective I can offer as someone who works in the photojournalism world.
John Schreiber (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Actually, I lied... I will post one more thing because the photographer himself just explained the shot and even posted a screen grab of his raw take: http://framework.latimes.com/2012/09/25/contact-sheet-huttle-endeavour-hollywood-sign/ Goes a lot further to explain everything than I ever could have.
Brian Michaels September 26, 2012 at 02:57 AM
@John. I contacted the Times and Mr. Friedman was gracious enough to respond. The Times posted it because I demanded it. I offered my congratulations to him on a brilliant shot. Case closed. Cheers.
Brian Michaels September 26, 2012 at 02:57 AM
He sent me a copy of the contact sheet as well.
Brian Michaels September 26, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Although the response the Times I got from the times this morning was arrogant and dodgy I told them it would settle the issue if the Photographer as opposed to "we", "the times" would respond to "how I got the shot.". He did that. If you got the shot, and someone challenged it, or questioned it, I think you would want an opportunity to defend it. \
Ryan Martin September 26, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Well of course you got an arrogant response. What was arrogant was you publicly calling out a photographer in a forum like you knew everything about the picture. As has been proven, you were clearly wrong and should probably not make such accusations in the future. You could have personally emailed him rather than publicly question his integrity. Instead, you were so certain it was a Photoshop image and strongly argued so. That, sir, is arrogance.
Brian Michaels September 26, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Revvell September 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Hmmmm..... "meaningless little blog site;" "too stupid or too lazy;" "veracity (look it up);" "Go crawl back into your hole;" "... using your own feeble brain." "...Keeping Up With The Kardashians." and ~ "shouting insults at strangers." Pot calling the kettle black?
Natalie Ragus September 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Brian, i am deleting your comment because you used profanity. We welcome active discourse, but not comments that use profanity or insult others.
CulverCityNative September 26, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Ahhh, I just love how EVERY thread, on EVERY board, no matter what the subject matter of the board, or the subject matter of the thread is, deteriorates into cr@p. And, we wonder why people continue to kill themselves, pollute the world, (as discussed here) and generally act like idiots?
Erykah Grande September 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I agree. However, I like to see it like it's only years of suppressed anger, bottled up for so long out of fear of face-to-face confrontation. I'm actually pretty thankful for Patch because it's the first "big" company (AOL) to bring local news to so many small towns that didn't really have much before. People are finally discussing issues, well, arguing, bickering, fighting. I have a feeling once everyone gets it out of their system, real discussions will arise. :)
Jon Viscott September 26, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I was at the Cafe At The End Of The Universe Cafe at Griffith Park. I shot the reverse angle from behind his photos. He took that photo between 11:57:49 and 11:57:55AM. I have 25 photos to prove it. Here is the reverse angle of his shot: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152150017085385.904160.758585384&type=1&l=21c1393c12 And the other photos I shot that morning: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152138312190385.902091.758585384&type=1&l=8d2073c7ce
Hans Laetz September 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
"Case closed." really? You pretentiously, publicly attacked a professional journalist for in essence lying. You owe an apology. Not a mealy-mouthed whine that you got an "arrogant" response." You owe $100 to Jon Viscott, below. And you owe an apology to the Times.
Hans Laetz September 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
We have a winner. Mr. Viscott, below, should invoice you.
Jon Viscott September 26, 2012 at 05:45 PM
BTW Gary Friedman had about 5 seconds to get his shot. Fractions of seconds count! @Brian Michaels, what's your email address? I can send you an invoice via PayPal for that 100 bux.
John September 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
@ Stephanie Really? Do you really think that is what NASA employees are doing widespread?
Stephanie September 27, 2012 at 01:27 AM
@John, Well no, I don't think all the NASA employees are doing this kind of stuff. But it gets really frustrating for me. I know we have a lot of problems that need money and attention here, and space exploration is important too. NASA picks the best and the brightest from the military and the private sector. Having a father in the military, I always looked up to those in uniform. But when I read that stuff about the NASA love triangle, I was disappointed. Perhaps my expectations are too high? I think it's a shame. There are good and bad people everywhere. But I don't like my tax dollars buying a package of Depends for some stalker who got her feelings hurt. That was the best use of her time and our money? Not bloody likely!
Jon Viscott September 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I was at the Cafe At The End Of The Universe at Griffith Park Observatory. I shot the reverse angle from behind his photos. He took that photo between 11:57:49 and 11:57:55AM. I have 25 photos to prove it. Here is the reverse angle of his shot: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152150017085385.904160.758585384&type=1&l=21c1393c12 And the other photos I shot that morning: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152138312190385.902091.758585384&type=1&l=8d2073c7ce @Brian Michaels, what's your email address? I will send you an invoice via PayPal for that 100 bux.
Happy in Los Feliz September 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM
OMG! it flew right by where I work and at a very low altitude on its way to the Griffith Park Observatory!!! We were thrilled by the size and the 'up-close' view we got of it. I did however, track it from the 'bue' all the way over here, so I kept running out the front door of our office to see if it was going to go by. I could hear the engines of the planes as it approached. It was absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful gift! Other pictures show it really high, but he came down really low as he cruised by. I am still thrilled just thinking about the experience. I can hardly wait until it is at the California Science Center to see it again, but in mid-air WOW!
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Hey Brian, that's number 2. No swearing, no personal attacks and no unfounded accusations. It's as simple as that. We can suspend you from commenting after repeated violations, so please don't make us do it.
Ali November 21, 2012 at 01:04 AM
The air in Los Angeles ALWAYS has a brown tint.
Ali November 21, 2012 at 01:04 AM
The air in Los Angeles ALWAYS has a brown tint.


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