Late last week I had the opportunity to visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Many people who visit the greater Toronto area have no idea that this facility even exists. With almost 50 vintage aircraft on display, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will be of interest to aircraft enthusiasts.
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The aircraft on display all have information panels that provide a summary of facts about the aircraft.
If you’re like me, you’ll always find interesting details to photograph when around aircraft and other mechanical creations.
Like other similar museum facilities it can be a challenge to find a good shooting angle to separate an individual aircraft from others on display.
Sometimes it can help to use parts of an aircraft or other elements to serve as a partial reveal in a composition.
Finding interesting shooting angles can add a feeling of intimacy to a photograph.
Or highlight a particular wing structure…
The lighting in a facility can also add some drama to an aircraft…
My eye is always attracted to mechanical details.
Photographing aircraft details also provides an opportunity to practice using some slow hand-held shutter speeds.
Engine cutouts always fascinate me as I love to see how various mechanical parts fit together and interact.
They can also yield some abstract compositions.
The paint on wings can also make for interesting, abstract compositions. I used the flip screen on my camera to capture the following image from a higher elevation to change the perspective.
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has an active aircraft restoration program. From outside the restricted area, you can view various projects that are currently in progress.
There are some aircraft on display outdoors. These can only be accessed with a guided tour.
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has a virtual reality experience available, as well as a gift shop and onsite restaurant. There are a number of informative displays that can be viewed prior to entering the hangar area.
If you find yourself in the greater Toronto area, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is worth some time to visit.
All photographs were captured hand-held in available light using camera equipment noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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