In the Air Museum with a Panasonic GH4

Evergreen Aviation Museum

Last week Panasonic sent me a pre-production sample of the recently announced Lumix GH4. I have to confess that I’m like a kid on Christmas morning when I get to try out a new camera. The new camera was also my excuse to visit the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. I headed out with the GH4 and the Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 lens.

This photo of a jet engine was my favorite image from the museum. I choose 12mm (24mm equivalent) wide angle lens to distort the engines and make the image look more dramatic. I wanted minimum noise so I set the ISO to 200 and the aperture to f/5 to get enough depth-of-field so both engines would be in focus. The shutter speed was 1/20second, which was not a problem since the lens is stabilized.

In Adobe Lightroom I increased the shadow detail to show the inside of the engines better and brought the highlights down to bring out the detail in the bright area in the ceiling.—Mark Toal