Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

That was the voyage of the Starship Enterprise.  The actual “starship” from the original Star Trek television series is an eleven foot model that now rests in a large glass case in the lower level of the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

You have to fight your way through the souvenir shop, find the stairs to the lower level, then go to the very back to find it amid all the cheap toys. It has no special lighting, and with the external glare on the case, was very hard to photograph. Not to mention that it looked a bit tired or dirty.  It just didn’t seem like a fitting place for one of the most famous science fiction icons in the world.

Fitting or not, it still feels larger than life as you imagine Captain Kirk aboard , “to boldly go where no man has gone  before.” 

Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

4 thoughts on “Starship Enterprise

  1. Agree with Kris. Love the background blur, makes the Enterprise stand out!

  2. The HDR effect does not add to anything and is over done. Spoils a somewhat nice shot of the Big E.

  3. I appreciate your comment Sam. Thanks for checking the site out. Yes, it might be just a bit over, but not by much. The model has very little color to it. The color you do see is from the dust that’s been accumulating on it. It’s not as pristine as it was during the 1960s. Without the HDR, either the model or the background is going to be exposed improperly.

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