National Air and Space Museum - Udvar-Hazy Center

See the space shuttle Discovery, an SR-71 Blackbird, and a ton of other aviation related planes, missiles, rockets, etc.

For this meetup we will be traveling to the Air & Space Museum in Chantilly, VA. The museum is 2 ½ hour drive from Lancaster.

There is no charge to enter the museum however there is a $15 parking fee. Please split the cost of gas and the parking fee among the members of the carpool.

For lunch there is a McDonalds on site.

Bring the kids!

Send me an e-mail if want to carpool or if you can provide a ride.

EVERYONE please tie a red ribbon to your camera bag to identify yourself as a member of the Lancaster Photo Meetup while at the museum. If you see someone with a red ribbon on their camera bag, introduce yourself!

http://airandspace.si.edu/museum/udvarhazy/

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  • Rob W.

    This was a great site. It took me a second to realize that I was looking at the actual Enola Gay. The SR-71 was an incredible plane. The Concorde was something to see - I didn't know the museum had one.

    March 24, 2013

  • Kelly S.

    It was awesome to see & I came away with great pictures, however as a group event, I saw no one else there with a red ribbon :(.

    March 24, 2013

  • Dr. Lee J. S.

    Definitely worth seeing. The Space Shuttle Discovery, Enola Gay and SR71 were amazing. It was a beautiful day. Great fun.

    March 24, 2013

  • Kyle S.

    Love this place. Was a little bit crowded, but still lots of fun. Enjoyed sharing lunch with a few fellow members and spending the day with my son. Oh yeah and getting some shooting in.

    March 24, 2013

  • Bob R.

    Great place to go to see a history of flight. Had a wonderful time both shooting and car pooling with a new member. Great way to get to know someone new.

    March 24, 2013

  • Julie L.

    Hi everyone. I'm sorry I can't go. I have a bulging disc and can barely move. See you next time

    March 23, 2013

  • Patty O.

    Everyone is my house is sick :( So sorry we can't go! Have a great trip.

    March 22, 2013

  • Ted T.

    Can I reapply for membership in Meetup?
    1st app. was rejected.

    March 22, 2013

  • Natasha C.

    Anyone else who needs a ride or would like to carpool on Saturday, is welcome to ride with Rob and I!!!

    March 19, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Can anyone help Rob out?

    March 12, 2013

  • Rob W.

    I would like to car pool with someone. Anyone have a space?

    March 11, 2013

  • Rob W.

    Hello,

    I am interested in going to the Air and Space Museum, but I would like to car pool with someone. Does anyone have an open space?

    Rob Willems

    March 11, 2013

  • Mike B.

    It’s too late to charter a bus at this point and most people have made travel arrangements already.

    March 10, 2013

  • Sam

    Any more info on chartering a bus?

    March 7, 2013

  • Brian

    Parental duties call.

    February 28, 2013

  • Patty O.

    What a great trip! I will be bringing my 14-year-old son.

    February 26, 2013

  • Charles S.

    Dadgummit .... conflict! Have to abort.

    February 18, 2013

  • Dawn Marie R.

    I'd like to hitch a ride with someone. My Jeep doesn't get great gas mileage and it's only a 2 seater. Looking forward to this trip.

    February 9, 2013

  • Natasha C.

    I've never been here! It seems really exciting! Can't wait!

    February 9, 2013

  • Kyle S.

    I am interested if anyone else has photographed here. I have taken lots of pictures for the kids....I cannot say I like any of them as photographs....the above is about the most dramatic, I've seen. I can tell it was taken from one of the catwalks. The problem I have here is that the hanger is huge...and the lighting is very soft even and diffuse, It is not very bright so you tend to push the ISO....the background is all mid-tones. Everything I ever shoot here is very muted. One thing you can do is play with angles....

    As I said I am curious to see others experiences. I think it would be good to share any thoughts on here before we go down.

    January 31, 2013

    • Brian

      Getting up on the catwalks is a plus, it gives you some good vantage points, especially into the space hangar, but shooting out into the larger part of the museum while picking one main subject gives you lots of context as well:
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      Since there are so many planes gathered close together, it might be best to focus on details of each and try to frame the creatively:
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      And as you mentioned, getting creative angles (getting down low) is a good way to get something different:
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      And if all that fails, you can always take a picture of a water fountain:
      http://www.flickr.com...­

      January 31, 2013

    • Kyle S.

      Thanks Brian....Just looking for a discussion here like I said the lighting does not allow for a lot of contrast, and a flash is useless...In the past I just tool pictures of planes for my son but really didn't get creative...I am hoping to get a little feedback on others experiences.....I bet a lensbaby would be fun to play with here. I may have to get one.

      January 31, 2013

  • Kyle S.

    Will be driving down with wife and son...don't know how much photography will get in....this will be 4th or 4th trip down.

    January 31, 2013

  • Kyle S.

    Been here many time..If you want a treat get a guided tour. Most of them are retired air force pilots and they have a lot of great stories and knowledge

    January 31, 2013

  • Mike B.

    I'll be driving for one of the car pools, you can hitch a ride with me if you would like. An e-mail to those attending will be sent out so that we can organize all the carpools.

    January 5, 2013

  • Melissa F.

    I would greatly love to attend, is there anyway I can hitch a ride in a car pool of anyone's????

    January 4, 2013

  • Blake Z.

    I understand there is a $15 parking fee.

    October 18, 2012

  • greG

    Q: Is there an admission charge to the Museum?

    A: No. Admission is free to all Smithsonian Institution Museums, including the National Air and Space Museum. However, there are admission fees for Imax films, planetarium shows, simulators, and some special programs.

    October 18, 2012

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