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National Museum of the United States Air Force (2 large images)
Posted By: Bud, 03-04-2009, 08:46 AM

I made a trip to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio yesterday. I only live 45 minutes from the museum, but haven't visited for almost 20 years. It's a whole different experience through the viewfinder The place is ENORMOUS and I could probably spend a week there exploring all of the angles, shapes, shadows and light.

Here's two of my favorite images from the day and a link to the rest that I've uploaded to pbase.

All shots with K20D, DA*50-135... and a tripod... I'm so-o-o glad that I took my tripod.

3s f/7.1 at 70.0mm iso100


1s f/6.3 at 75.0mm iso100


Link to the rest of the images:
National Museum of the United States Air Force Photo Gallery by Bud at pbase.com
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Wonderful pictures!
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Very nice - I was there in 1979 - spent about 1/2 day - like you, I could have spent a week - love planes!!

Is the XB-70 "Valkyrie" still on display? One of the most amazing planes I've ever seen! Also, how 'bout the EC-121D - Super Connie? I have several thousand hours in the Navy version - EC-121M.

Thanks for sharing - I'd love to go back!!
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Bud,

You did a great job isolating planes in such a crowded place. I've shot there a couple of times since it us just up the street but I've never found angles I'm really happy with.

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Negative space well applied here. This is rather excellent to see. Fantastic images!
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The B&W one is outstanding. I love that museum.

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Well done, Bud. I'm surprised they let you use a tripod. At the Udvar-Hazy museum here at Dulles, you can't use a tripod, but you can use a monopod.
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Wonderful pictures!
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Very nice - I was there in 1979 - spent about 1/2 day - like you, I could have spent a week - love planes!!

Is the XB-70 "Valkyrie" still on display? One of the most amazing planes I've ever seen! Also, how 'bout the EC-121D - Super Connie? I have several thousand hours in the Navy version - EC-121M.

Thanks for sharing - I'd love to go back!!
Thanks, Chip. It is a fascinating museum, and I can imagine how much more you can appreciate the the machines there, having flown the EC-121. Due to a recent "down-sizing", I now find myself with some leisure hours when I'm not job-searching. This is the first time I've visited the AF Museum with an slr... definitely won't be the last.

The XB-70 is still there, but I ran out of time and didn't make it to the "Research & Development" hangar that houses the Valkyrie. Today, perhaps... The EC-121 is still there, but no pics... yet

Thanks again!

Bud

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Bud,

You did a great job isolating planes in such a crowded place. I've shot there a couple of times since it us just up the street but I've never found angles I'm really happy with.

Tim
Thanks! Yes, there's a lot going on in that museum. If you have a chance to go during the week... during the day.. .do it. Realtively no crowds, tripods are welcomed and you can find all kinds of interesting angles and lighting just wandering around.

Bud

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Great shots! Good detail and superb lighting!
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Great shots Bud, this place really is amazing and worth the trip!
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Excellent Series of photos Bud... I should visit there sometime
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