Don’t say I’m not a good wife. George and I were kinda bored this past Sunday and Saturday’s wedding had me feeling all ramped up and ready to do something big. But nothing sounded fun – it was one of those weird days when I’m simultaneously lazy and anxious. So I decided to let George pick (you know, after lunch). The man has been dying to get to the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center for ages, and so we went.
A couple of points:
- You don’t need hours at this museum – there aren’t really exhibits, just a ton of planes and stuff. During the summer, they’re open til 6:30 and parking is free after 4pm (it’s $15 before then), so I highly recommend a late afternoon trip. Worked out great for us.
- It’s pretty seriously cool to see some of this stuff up-close.
- It’s completely terrifying to be carrying around $4k worth of camera equipment three stories up. For whatever reason, I don’t worry about damaging my gear at weddings – maybe I’m too much “in the zone” or it’s the appropriate place to have it. I was positively freaking out about dropping my camera in this museum.
- For my fellow nerds and photography geeks, most of these images were taken with the 24-70 2.8 somewhere around 24 and most of the time near 2.8 (it was kinda dark in the museum). I don’t normally work with that focal length, so it was pretty cool to see what I could get in the frame.
And now, photographs:
This was the main event for my guy. The “Black Bird” SR-71 spy plane… something like that. He was really excited, so I took pictures.
This little boy was holding a toy plane in his hand but he just wouldn’t turn the damn thing so you could see it! I didn’t want to be that stalker lady in the museum so I let it go…
It was really cool seeing the shuttle up-close. The one in there now is the replica or tester or something Enterprise. I’m pretty sure the Air & Space is supposed to get one of the retired shuttles (Discovery?) but I guess it hasn’t been handed over yet. All the same, this was a massive and impressive vehicle. So much bigger than you’d think.