Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pic(k) of the week 38: Beech 18 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum

The Canadian Warplane Heritage museum has been in the Aviation news quite a bit lately... Their main asset, one of only two airworthy Avro Lancasters, is presently over on a six week trip to the United Kingdom, where it is joining its sister ship from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on the UK airshow circuit. 

Just as the Canadian Lancaster was being prepared to fly across the Atlantic, I was at this great Aviation museum at the Hamilton airport, about one hour Southwest of Toronto. One of the images shot that day can be found here.

As it has been over 50 years that two of these mighty World war II bombers have flown in formation, it is definitively Aviation News worthy!

My Pic(k) of the week however is of a 1946 Beechcraft Model 18S; one of my favourite smaller vintage prop-liners. Just like most of the museum collection, it is fully airworthy and ready to take to the skies!

I particularly like how the ambient light falls on the hundreds of rivets that hold together the structure of this World War II transport aircraft. To me, it was an image that was screaming to be converted into Black and White!

As the image was shot at ISO 2500 (handheld), with minimal noise, it shows how good the Fujifilm X-T1 is in a low light environment.

Beech 18 at the Canadian Warplane museum

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the 10-24 f4 Fujinon lens
ISO2500, 1/100s, f8, 24mm (36mm full frame equivalent)
RAW file converted using Lightroom 5.6
Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 for Black and White conversion

All Aviation geeks who are close to Hamilton, make sure you don't mis the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum in Ontario! All images of my visit can be found here.

Remember: " You wanna fly; you gonna give up the shit that weighs you down" - Toni Morrison 


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