Welcome to my website! I’m John Kraus, an 18-year-old photographer living on Florida’s Space Coast. My primary photographic interest is documenting rocket launches, but I enjoy shooting a wide variety of subjects, including landscapes, astrophotography, and much more around Florida.
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The Milky Way is seen at astronomical twilight at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Schwabacher's Landing at sunrise; Grand Teton National Park

An abandoned barn seen at sunrise at Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. 

June 4th, 2018: Falcon 9 and SES-12 climb into the middle-of-the-night Cape Canaveral sky.

May 11th, 2018: Fountain of Flame -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches Bangabandhu Satellite-1. 

May 11th, 2016: SpaceX debuts the first "Block 5" Falcon 9 rocket -- featuring performance upgrades and aesthetic changes -- during the launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1.

March 1st, 2018: United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket launches the GOES-S satellite on behalf of NASA and NOAA.
February 6th, 2018: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy makes its debut flight from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. View more of my photos from Falcon Heavy's debut here.
March 6th, 2018: Falcon 9 launches Hispasat 30W-6 -- the 50th Falcon 9 launch!

January 7th, 2018: SpaceX launches the classified Zuma payload for Northrup Grumman, and lands the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket back at Cape Canaveral eight minutes after launch.

A massive thunderstorm system and shelf cloud makes its way over Cocoa Beach, Florida and the surrounding area.

March 18th, 2017: An Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68A engine and four Orbital ATK GEM-60 solid rocket motors power United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) to orbit with the U.S. Air Force's ninth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite.

July 5th, 2017: SpaceX launches the Intelsat 35e satellite atop a Falcon 9 rocket during golden hour, as viewed from Playalinda Beach at the Canaveral National Seashore.

April 18th, 2018: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying NASA's planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

April 18th, 2018: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) from Cape Canaveral.

Four USAF Thunderbirds are seen against strong afternoon sunlight at the 2018 Melbourne Air and Space Show on March 24th, 2018.

June 24th, 2016: Flying in its largest configuration, with a five-meter payload fairing, five Aerojet Rocketdyne solid rocket boosters, and one Centaur upper-stage engine, United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket launches the U.S. Navy's fifth Mobile User Objective System satellite.

January 19th, 2018: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket soars into the starry nighttime Cape Canaveral sky with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite on behalf of the United States Air Force.

January 19th, 2018: A United launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches the United States Air Force's SBIRS GEO-4 satellite. Flying in the asymmetric 411 configuration, Atlas V flew with only one solid rocker booster. This closeup image shows the RD-180 engine and single Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-60A solid rocket booster powering the Atlas V off the pad toward orbit.

Four USAF Thunderbirds soar over the Space Coast at the 2018 Melbourne Air and Space Show on March 25th, 2018.

April 2nd, 2018: A "flight-proven" SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches a previously-flown Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station on a dramatic, cloudy Florida afternoon.

April 18th, 2017: Orbital ATK's Cygnus capsule launches toward the International Space Station atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket.

Traveling at 17,500 miles an hour, or just under five miles per second, the International Space Station transits the full moon in this five-frame composite image taken from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This transit lasted only 0.58 seconds.

June 11th, 2016: United Launch Alliance's massive Delta IV Heavy rocket launches a top-secret satellite, designated NROL-37, on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office.

Golden hour surf; Satellite Beach, Florida

May 27th, 2016: SpaceX sends the Thaicom 8 satellite to orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket on a sunny Florida afternoon.

July 18th, 2016: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches the CRS-9 mission toward the International Space Station and lands Falcon 9's first stage at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zone 1 in this three-photo long exposure composite image.

A surfer catches a wave underneath a rising full moon.

December 7th, 2016: United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket launches the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite. This camera was placed only 45 yards from the base of the rocket. While the camera survived, the lens was heavily pitted by exhaust and debris, and has since been retired.

June 19th, 2016: Kyrie Irving's three pointer with 53 seconds remaining in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals helps seal the Cleveland Cavaliers' first championship in franchise history.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pass by the moon at the 2017 Melbourne Air and Space Show in Melbourne, Florida.

July 15th, 2017: Dr. Buzz Aldrin -- the second man to walk on the moon -- waves around a jacket as it was being auctioned at his ShareSpace Foundation's Apollo 11 Anniversary Gala at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

April 2nd, 2018: Space's "flight-proven"  Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on a cloudy Cape Canaveral afternoon, carrying a previously-flown Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station.

September 8th, 2016: NASA's asteroid sampling mission, OSIRIS-REx, launches towards the distant asteroid Bennu atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket at sunset.

Beachside ocle ride

November 19th, 2016: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket launches NASA and NOAA's GOES-R satellite.

August 19th, 2016: The United States Air Force's AFSPC-6 payload launches shortly before 1:00 A.M. atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) rocket.

Bahia Honda Rail Bridge panorama; Florida Keys

August 25th, 2017: Orbital ATK's Minotaur IV rocket launches from Cape Canaveral for the first time, carrying the ORS-5 payload on behalf of the U.S. Air Force.

December 18th, 2016: The commercial EchoStar XIX satellite speeds to orbit atop United Launch Alliance's Atlas V 431 launch vehicle.

October 11th, 2017: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches EchoStar 105/SES-11 at sunset.

January 21st, 2017: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket launches the U.S. Air Force's SBIRS GEO-3 satellite.

The elusive Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber; 2018 Melbourne Air and Space Show, March 24th, 2018

Looking down on a surfer at sunset

July 28th, 2016: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket flying in the 421 configuration launches the National Reconnaissance Office's classified NROL-61 payload on a sunny Florida summer morning.

December 21st, 2015: SpaceX returns to flight after a June 2016 launch failure, delivering 11 ORBCOMM satellites to orbit. Following the successful launch, Falcon 9 made its first ever successful landing, returning to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a picture-perfect touchdown at Landing Zone 1.

Cotton candy skies over the ocean

October 30th, 2017: SpaceX sends KoreaSat 5A to orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket

November 2nd, 2017: The Falcon 9 first stage that launched KoreaSat 5A returns to Cape Canaveral at sunset aboard SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship.

Aerial view of an afternoon thunderstorm passing over Florida's Space Coast

March 16th, 2017: At 2:00 A.M. on a chilly Florida morning, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches the EchoStar XXIII satellite to orbit. The rocket's first and second stage burns are visible in this single long exposure photograph.

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