C-54 captured by Z 6II / Z14-24f2.8

I haunt aviation museums for so many reasons but the main one is doing homework so I’m a better visual storyteller. That’s why at the end of our Chickens & Grouse Adventure in NE, I took a couple of hours before flying out to visit the marvelous Sac Museum. I never go into a museum thinking I’m going to come out with amazing photos, it’s a learning and not shooting op in my mind. But I always go with a camera and in this case, the Z 6II / 14-24f2.8. I was there to check out the B-29, one I believe my father actually flew in. After soaking that all in, I checked out the marvelous rest of the museum (including the B-36!). I was looking at the C-54, looking at the angle I had and the lighting and thought I might be able to make a cool shot. The dark foreground and light on the other aircraft caught my imagination (what you want to look for when sizing up a shot in a museum). What you see is just half of the hangar, a large hangar door separated them and it was slightly open so I could step back an extra five feet. I was just looking at doing that when a person working for the museum greeted me.

He saw the camera, saw me thinking over the situation and I think he saw me shooting other aircraft prior. He asked if I’d like to shoot the C-54 from the other hangar so I would be further back. I assumed he was just going to move the rope that was behind me so I could have a few more feet. Instead, he completely opened the hangar doors so I could walk to exactly where I wanted to be. I folded out the monitor, held the Z 6II / 14-24f2.8 over my head and shot. Then the conversation began between me and the educational director for the museum. The take away from this all will help your photography. Go to the museum to do your homework and light the imagination. Take your camera and have in the back of your mind light and interesting angles. Follow those instincts and be ethical in your approach. You will be noticed and often afforded opportunities otherwise not available. And always, always have that business card you can put in that person’s hand and follow up with pics. It makes that museum shoot cool!

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