I'll bite. It's a rocket coming through a cloud layer.
I followed the link and read about being Moderately Successful and pretty much agree with the sentiments. I entirely agree with the 'Fuck it' rule and use it all the time - I do so to make sure I am following my own moderate scheme of living instead of someone elses (usually manic) philosophy which often equates being successful with the one trick pony of making lots of good old dosh - nothing wrong with that except that past a certain moderate level it's pretty much a waste of time - and it's time that is the most valuable thing. Often I spend a lot of that precious time doing absolutely nothing and more power to me I say.The photo is of a rocket hurtling its way into space after having passed through a rather thick cloud base.I think coasters should be left alone - many of them probably moved to Hokitika or somewhere similar for a bit of peace and quiet.
As Red and Aiden have said, it is a rocket busting out of The Earth's atmosphere. My magnifying glass is not strong enough for me to read the lettering on the rocket's casing.
The most important consideration is: Never Follow Fashions. If you do follow fashions in sport, exercise, food, haircuts, songs, or clothing then you have delivered your decision-making abilities into a different person's hands. How did they get your life as well as their own?
Yes its a rocket. But the great part of this photo is that it has either a) used a tilt/shift lens or b) been post processed to give the effect of tilt shifting. The distortions inevitable in most photographs have been removed which gives it this amazing 3 dimensional look. I'm OK with coasters. The ones from round Hokitika are particularly nice. Depends what you want to use them for I suppose.
Yep, it's actually the Endeavor being launched, and, as Kelvin said, it's been tilt-shifted. The reduced depth of field makes it look like a miniature scene. I expect Adrian also knows about tilt shift?I got what you meant about the coasters too Alden and Kelvin, but that's a very NZ joke. Or maybe not - there're West- and East-coasters in the States too, I guess.Louise - fashions are indeed transient, and best avoided beyond just enough following to keep us from being ostracised …