Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Thematic Photographic 207 -- Pics Taken with a Smart Phone

It's not often that I would publish photos I shot with anything other than my Canon 40D.  We have other cameras, including my original Canon Rebel and the Canon Power Shot.  Our phones also had photo capabilities, but very poor quality.  Well, now we have the "smart" phones.  Mine is the Android Charge and it takes very satisfactory photos!  So, for Carmi's challenge over at Written, Inc, to show pics taken with a smart phone, I am unveiling the first of my "smart" photos. One day last May I left the 40D behind and tried out the 'Droid at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Offutt AFB, Nebraska.  

Formerly located at Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue, NE, the SAC Museum moved into this beautiful building in 1997.  For more on its history click here.

The first plane to be moved from the old location was the incredible SR-71A Blackbird.  This awesome aircraft greets visitors as they enter and is takes one's breath away!  The Blackbird is still considered the fastest aircraft ever built and holds many speed and altitude records.  For more on this intimidating craft click here

The hangars are enormous, housing dozens of aircraft, from the huge flying fortresses to the tiny XF-85 Parasite.  The following photos are just a sampling.  For more about the aircraft click here

As the name says, this is the air AND space museum so there are several amazing and fun exhibits that take visitors into the space age.  We were fortunate to see the "Suited for Space" traveling exhibit which included the following two photos.  These are x-rays of a space suit and helmet, showing the complex design for the flexibility and comfort of the astronauts.

We had a great time exploring this museum.  In addition to the historical pieces, there are interactive exhibits, such as trying to destroy an asteroid heading for earth.  We watched children having quality time with their parents and it was a blessing to witness that!

For more "smart pics" be sure to visit Written, Inc. and check out the comments.  Feel free to join in, too! Thanks for stopping by!


Max Sartin said...

Great pictures, worth the wait for the link.

Karen S. said...

Wow, these are totally amazing! I'd say mission accomplished ...Bravo and Juliet too! It's really not like me, but for some reason, I just love hearing D..r..o..i...d! A female DJ played it over and over for about a week here in the cities when she first got hers..All at random moments...it was cool!

Alexia said...

Gosh, these are brilliant! What a fantastic day you had, and the photos are really good; that Blackbird certainly is one sinister-looking machine.
Thanks for sharing these Barb :)

Bob Scotney said...

Brilliant photos especially the Blackbird which looks so different to those in my garden.
(I just wish your word verification wasn't so difficult to read)

Carmi Levy said...

You make me want to jump in my car and go for a very long drive! These are phenomenal. The texture on the SR-71 is unreal...I feel like I can touch it. It amazes me how good smartphone cameras have become. I think we're pretty much at the point where some of them are so capable that it almost makes no sense to also have a small point-and-shoot.

DSLRs? That'll take a while. But the trend is definitely in play. And this series totally rocks. #LOVEIT

Gilly said...

Oh Wow! Fantastic shots. And that suit - fascinating. Though I still don't think anyone in that is going to be lithe and nimble!