Yesterday I took my camera club to the Oakland Aviation Museum. I’d been here before but it’d been probably over a year. There’s so much history about aviation at this museum, so I included some information about it down below for those who are interested.
May I first start by saying my admission fee was for a SENIOR CITIZEN????? LOL! It was my very first discount as a senior. I’m not sure whether I should laugh or cry. 😛
When I started taking pictures of all the planes I realized that images would be mere snapshots, so I started wandering around looking to see what else I could get. The first photo is of a shed which housed maintenance tools and it really attracted my eye mainly because of the blue and red objects. The scene screamed HDR to me, so I took three bracketed photos to create this image. The second photo of the wheel was tone-mapped, and the third is a lauramacky blue plate special, lol.
Hope you enjoy!
Oakland Aviation Museum, formerly called Western Aerospace Museum, was founded in 1981 as a non-profit organization operating an aviation museum located at North Field of Oakland International Airport in Oakland, California. It has over 30 vintage and modern airplanes, both civilian and military, and other displays that highlight noted aviators and innovators.
The Boeing School of Aeronautics was started here in this very spot where the museum is on September 16, 1929. Incredible! It was an entire school dedicated to training pilots, mechanics and other personnel specifically for Boeing Air Transport, the airline subsidiary of the Boeing Airplane Company. The company chose a site at the Oakland Municipal Airport in California, the largest municipal airport in the United States at that time.
You can see more about this wonderful place here: http://www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org/
May 7, 2015 at 8:49 am
Now they give senior discounts to 30 year olds? hehe
These are terrific images, Laura. I think your processing is spot on for these subjects. Bravo!
May 7, 2015 at 8:52 am
IKR? hehe Thank you so much Dan! I love it when you have a reaction like this!
May 7, 2015 at 8:55 am
I love air museums and the history. Thanks Laura for the share and wonderful images>
May 7, 2015 at 9:05 am
Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
May 7, 2015 at 8:56 am
PS my condolences on the age thing lol!! But hey cheaper admissions etc yay!
May 7, 2015 at 9:06 am
May 7, 2015 at 9:10 am
wonderful to get those nice shots
having been honored upon admission 🙂
May 7, 2015 at 9:14 am
Great photos Laura! and haha you utilized your discount well 😀 😀
May 7, 2015 at 10:19 am
LOL thank you 🙂 *reaches for my geritol*
May 7, 2015 at 10:22 am
lol 😀 😀
May 7, 2015 at 10:02 am
My hair started going white when I was 22. In my thirties, playing rugby, a cry was heard in the scrum: ‘Get the old bloke’
May 7, 2015 at 10:19 am
Mine started going grey too at that time but only my hairdresser knows for sure. 😉 Good thing I look young for my age!
May 7, 2015 at 10:29 am
Two thoughts: 1. Thanks for bringing the museum to our attention. It is now on my bucket list, for sure. and 2. You get used to, and even begin to look for senior passes and benefits. Make sure, if you do not already have it, that you get your Senior Passport for National Parks. Will almost make you happy you qualify! 😉
May 7, 2015 at 10:34 am
Glad you are interested in the museum. It’s so full of history! At 56 years old, I had no idea I would qualify for senior discounts. I’m laughing here. It just seems sorta young but maybe I’m in denial! lol
May 7, 2015 at 10:39 am
Hello, fellow senior. Haven’t reached 60, 62 or 65 yet, but I have my share of senior discounts at the buffet places. Occasionally, I’m still carded when ordering adult beverages. The daughters have a good laugh about that. 🙂
May 7, 2015 at 10:44 am
Fellow senior LOL. Too funny. Oh and I’m sure you are carded when you order adult beverages (lol). Thanks for such a cute comment! Made me smile. 😀
May 7, 2015 at 10:47 am
The carding doesn’t happen too much these days. Last time was Mother’s Day last year. But, I was carded a lot when I was in my 20s and 30s.
May 7, 2015 at 10:48 am
I was carded “back then” too. Now no way I can pass for under 21!
May 7, 2015 at 11:11 am
Cool shots! There’s an Aviation Museum near us that we haven’t been to in a while; I just drove past it yesterday; we should to there again!
May 7, 2015 at 11:12 am
Thank you Tom. 🙂 Good idea! It’s amazing what one can find there.
May 7, 2015 at 11:21 am
Certain we take the snapshots then look for the real images…you did well in finding some good ones. My suggestion on the “discount” is to accept THEIR error – take the money and run!
May 7, 2015 at 12:57 pm
Thanks Robert! I sort of thought of you a bit when I was processing. Lovely thought I know. 😛 And yes on the discount lol!
May 7, 2015 at 11:37 am
I only take the senior discount if asked. And then only after scowling fiercely. I love museums.
May 7, 2015 at 12:58 pm
Maybe I’ll scowl the second time. Me too on the museums.
May 7, 2015 at 4:47 pm
love the shed
May 7, 2015 at 6:09 pm
Glad you do. Thank you!
May 7, 2015 at 5:16 pm
It’s shocking to get a senior citizen discount! I also got my first entering the sand sculpture exhibition a couple of week ago. They are very generous nowadays giving these discounts to young people 🙂 But such a shock can be a boost to creativity, your images are great! As always 😀
May 7, 2015 at 6:10 pm
I love your take on it. Yes, they are VERY generous lol. Thank you regarding the images!
May 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm
Clever you! Love love the HDR. And Dan is right … 30 yr olds? 🙂
May 7, 2015 at 6:28 pm
Thanks Julie! I’m so glad you like the HDR. Some people don’t care for it but I love to make them. It’s so fun! (said from this 30 year old lol).
May 9, 2015 at 8:42 pm
May 8, 2015 at 5:53 am
Senior discount???????? OMG! Laura. hahaha 😛 30, I like that. 🙂
May 8, 2015 at 6:33 am
LMAO! Too funny!!!! hehehehehe
May 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm
Reblogged this on Amazing Fine Art.
May 8, 2015 at 3:10 pm
May 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm
Such a wonderful place… gotta love Aviation 😀
Lovely artful images.
May 11, 2015 at 2:21 pm
*shock* Have they lowered the senior age to 27? OH WOW! I’ve just about fallen off my chair. Now I must move to California so that I too can get that senior discount, I being 26. And oh, about your processing, way to go!!! Gorgeous all the way round!!! Loved them, Laura! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤
May 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm
hhehehe…yes you being 26! *cough cough* 😛 And thank you about the processing! You know how I love that! 🙂
May 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm
You are really imaginative and creative, Laura! I really do learn from you. Really! And heck yes, I am 26! *cough*
May 11, 2015 at 3:34 pm
Thank you so much for such a wonderful compliment! I *try* to be creative…not always successful but we learn from our crashes and burns as well as our successes! 😀 And yes *cough cough* hahahaha