Evergreen Air & Space Museum

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by DHart, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    I popped over to the Evergreen Air and Space Museum yesterday to test out the E-PL5 that I recently picked up. I just grabbed a few shots from the outside of the facility. I've toured it before and it is amazing. To top it off is a world class water park, featuring a 747 on the roof with four different water slides which begin from within the belly of the plane. It is spectacular and so well done. I recommend a visit when in the wine country southwest of Portland, OR. All images, except the last one, made with E-PL5 and either the 12-35/2.8 or the 75/1.8.


    The building under this 747 houses an awesome water park. The air and space museum is housed in two huge, adjacent buildings.


    Vineyards surround the water park... this is Pinot Noir country.




    The building below houses Howard Hugh's Spruce Goose, the EIGHT props (four on each wing) and massive tail, of which, you can make out through the windows. This building also houses quite a few "normal" sized planes, but was built to house the Spruce Goose, which takes up the vast majority of the total width and depth of the building!

    Comparing the size of the building, which is sized for the Spruce Goose, to the fighter jets seen in front of the building gives you a sense for how immense the Spruce Goose is!


    This fighter is little more than a seat strapped on top of a massive jet engine... like riding a rocket.




    Very challenging scene for the camera... extremely bright backlighting, direct sun flare, while viewing into a deeply shadowed, dark, jet exhaust. But I was able to pull out some surprising detail from the depths of the exhaust...





    What an amazing design... I don't know what model plane this is, but I think it may be from the fifties.

    This 1953 Convair F-102A Delta Dagger really grabbed my attention...





    Then there was this sky-piercer...







    I haven't even scratched the surface of the magnificent specimens on display here... inside there are air and space craft to fascinate and amaze.

    And lastly, a view of two of the water tubes coming from the belly of the 747...

    Back at the RV resort adjacent to the Museum... walking the dog and looking across a field toward the Evergreen Museum complex, which also includes an iMax theater for exciting, hi-def 3D movies.

    This place is COOL! If you ever make it this way and you enjoy great air and space museums, water parks, and iMax theaters.... this is a "must-visit" place... with a first-class RV resort right next door!
  2. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Very nice, Don! Looks like an interesting spot to visit, and not a bad place to test out a new camera or lens either :wink:
  3. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    Great pics ! :thumbup:

    That plane is the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LTV_A-7_Corsair_II

    I love the nickname for it - The 'SLUF' - Short Little Ugly 'Fella' :wink:
  4. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    Wow, you should write a travel brochure for this place. Great coverage!
    I wish we didn't live so far away, I'd love to go there.
  5. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    YOU ROCKED EVERY SHOT HERE! :cool::2thumbs::thumbup:
  6. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 11, 2009
    Tempe, AZ
    I'd seen the Spruce Goose years ago when it was in Long Beach CA, and it truly is one of those "you have to see it to believe it" items. IIRC, there was a DC-10 parked under one its wings.

    Good job, Don!
  7. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
    It is a nice set with thought in composition and details. Little halo effect around a couple images, ex. #3,4,5. Nicely done and some serious technology..
  8. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Heck of a Piloting job

    Must have taken amazing piloting skill to land that 747 Jumbo perfectly on the roof of that building. :biggrin:
  9. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    IMHO, the best plane nickname is the F-105 Thunderchief, a.ka. the "Thud" or the "Lead Sled" for it's propensity to stall at low altitudes. It's offensive characteristics were called "a triple threat": It could bomb you, It could strafe you, or it could fall on you.
  10. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Thanks, everyone, for the comments. It was a fun series to shoot and to PP, so the halo here and there is evidence of being a little hasty in the PP. The look of these images is heavily influenced by the PP. I am one who feels that a photograph is not finished without modern day "darkroom" work... just as we did back in the day, developing the film for particular effect, then cropping, dodging, burning in, contrast adjustment, yada yada, while making the print.

    When I get a chance, I will post a converted RAW, without benefit of PP, to illustrate.
  11. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Converted RAW, unprocessed otherwise

    And processed

    I will admit that I do enjoy doing PP work and it brings the final result closer to how the scene "felt" to me while being there.
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