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New Smithsonian Museum Opens On Dec. 15th.  
User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2040 times:

The National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center opens a week from tomorrow. Any A.net photographers going to the opening ceremony? I went to their web site and checked out their press kit and web cams. Wow! Concorde, Stratoliner, Dash 80 and others look WONDERFUL in their new home.

More photos here:
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/pressroom/presskits/hazycenter/images.cfm

The Museum's home page is here:
http://www.nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy

I do wish, as was mentioned on a Concorde forum elsewhere, that someone would "hang" a Concorde in supersonic mode with gear, nose and visor up. That would look VERY cool.

If anyone's going to the opening, or just visiting the museum afterwards, shoot and upload! Can't wait to see some of the Boeing planes I shot leaving Seattle in their new home!

William

[Edited 2003-12-08 00:08:04]

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User currently offlineMcdonobr From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1995 times:
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William,

Went to the museum on Saturday, they held an "Appreciation Day" for donors and supporters.
The place is huge, lots of interesting planes (many more coming when the last 2 hangers are finished), many hanging from the ceilings at interesting angles. The only real problems that I noticed are a definite lack of good lighting for photography, it's pretty dim inside, and the exorbitant $12 parking fee (museum itself is free) - I have been told that $50 annual parking passes will soon be available. Could not check out the observation tower due to the very long lines, the elevator can only hold 20 persons at a time and there were hundreds in line to go up. Not so sure how it will be for photography, but, the views should be great as it is broadside to the approach for runway 1R.


User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2629 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

Hey guys:

Myself and two of my pilot friends are driving down from Toronto on December 21st to spend 2 days at the museum. One day at the new Dulles site and one day at the Mall site. It's kind of distressing to hear that the lighting is poor as the website also notes that tripods are not allowed in the building. As a practical measure I can understand that having hundreds of people setting up tripods would be a real mess, but if they are going to forbid tripods, you would think at least they could give people good lighting.
Well we're going down anyway and will try to post anything good that I get.

Steve


User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

Great! Looking forward to seeing some shots in the DB from the museum.

Just think, you could drop by the museum during a layover at Dulles. Finally, a good place to spot near a US airport!  Big thumbs up

As for the lighting... looks like you may have to try my patented "rest-the-camera-on-top-of-a-trash-can" technique.

Necessity is the mother of invention!


User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1933 times:
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I took some pictures at the USAF museum in Dayton OH with a flash

Here:


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And this one was taken with out a flash camera balanced on a pole.




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User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1920 times:

Quicktime VR panorama of the main hangar.

Very cool.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/360/121103-9p.htm


User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

I'll be able to meet some of you guys at Dulles if it's during a weekend. i'll get back to you later.

Kevin


User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

Looking good:


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User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

.....the website also notes that tripods are not allowed in the building....

It's very rare anywhere in the world that a Museum allows Tripods to be used. This is because of the risk of these photos being made available for sale, which can potentiality cause the Museum to loose revenue.



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