I’ve lived in Southern CA area for over thirty years and had never made it to this fabulous museum. Until now ….If you haven’t been there – go now, take your kids, spend the day. The Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino has a very appropriate tag line: “Where aviation history lives”.
The exhibits and sights will have you hiking this sprawling complex. We weren’t able to take it all in during a single visit – we’ll be back.
If you fancy yourself a photographer, be sure to bring your camera. You’re bound to get some great photos. The colors will grab your attention and give you enough pause to get creative with your depth of focus & perspective.
The campus map shown below shows the main hangars.
There are plenty of planes to see, some old, some new, all historic.
There are plenty of sites to see outside of the hangars including some ground vehicles such as these tanks.
Don’t hesitate to get up close – there are few areas with any access restrictions.
Be sure to bring your flash – you’ll need it if you’re in the mood for some fabulous portraits. Read up on using your flash here & here if you’re not comfortable using it. With a little practice you’ll be getting photos like these.
Flash isn’t the only lighting option. This portrait of Benjamin was taken using only the available display-case light. The wonders of high ISO cameras and tips on how to take advantage of this new capability were discussed in this recent post.
There’s no doubt what Ben & Yahir will remember most – the B17 display.
They got to explore it both inside and outside. The gunner’s turrets, both rear and lower, drew their attention but ….
….the most memorable event was manning the port side gun.
The photos below aren’t possible without flash. Make that a secondary New Year’s resolution. It’s not too late – learn flash – you won’t regret it.
Both Ben & Yahir ran out of gas but had enough in their tank to pose for a few fun portraits.
Take our advice – get out to the Chino Planes of Fame Air Museum. You won’t regret it … and don’t forget to bring your flash.
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