Henry Ford Museum

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by Amamba, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
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    I've posted many of these photos in the 18-105 sample images thread but as I process more of them I wanted to put them in a thread of their own.

    The lighting in the museum was not the best for the f4 lens, so some photos may be noisy. But the museum itself is very interesting.

    Of course, it's all about the cars and technology. Well, almost all..

    First, the Presidential limousines.

    25175988046_95ca8c804a_k. DSC05545-2 1 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    24906682010_c8656ef6e3_k. DSC05544-1 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    Kennedy's - that's the very limo he was shot in. They fixed it & reused it for LBJ.

    24248275023_639d14f9e4_k. DSC05535-2 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    Ronald Reagan's

    24499086019_4d91c76992_k. DSC05532-2 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    24238513664_882ec8dd2b_k. DSC05531-3 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    Some classic cars from the early age of automobile.

    1904 Packard. This one looks more like a coach than a car.

    24782835751_6a5985534c_k. DSC05539_v1 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    1927 LaSalle, the entry-level brand for Cadillac.

    24963150280_7737fa8b93_k. DSC05571-1 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    This cartoonish thing is a "Cycle car" with a motorcycle engine. Popular for a very brief time in the early XX century... a very weird, steampunk looking contraption.

    25258936845_8a23b3bd37_k. DSC05573-3 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    We've certainly come a long way since then ;) Although the way my MIL drives, I do wonder sometimes...

    24508709299_4b497ab9f9_k. DSC05541_v1 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    And now we're getting to the Golden Age of the American automobile...

    1959 Cadillac Eldorado... I'd kill to have this baby. Well, not really. But I'd love to ride in one of these... that's when they had plenty of taste and weren't afraid to experiment.

    24773261851_891c83b3e5_k. DSC05533-3 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    The classic 1955 Chevy Corvette.

    24633159764_c6b57751ea_k. DSC05567-5 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    I actually worked with a guy who owned one of these since when they just came out... that was back around 1992 so the car must've been almost 40 years old and as spotless as if it only just came off the dealer's lot.

    Checker's Yellow Cab. This one is from 1982 but the design hasn't changed since 1950s.
    I wish they kept producing them in this classic body style, just like they do in England.

    25109533841_d2d7980bdc_k. DSC05543-5 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    That's one cool looking truck.

    24758217422_2515338189_k. DSC05538-8 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    A monstrous snow plow / steam locomotive. It's hard to imagine just how enormous it feels when you stand next to it.

    25202574135_a76a5c7858_k. DSC05556-4 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    Richard Byrd's original Fokker airplane from his 1926 North Pole expedition. The one in which he became the first person to ever fly over the North Pole... or may be didn't. There's still controversy surrounding this flight. At any rate, he was most definitely near the pole. Henry Ford financed the expedition so he got the plane.
    The Fokker company didn't want people to think that the airplane was made by Ford (who also built some planes) so they put their name, in huge letters, both on the side of the airplane and on the wings. I wonder what nickname did the crew have for it...
    25236720156_ed607cdbec_k. DSC05575-4 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    More to follow !
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  2. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

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  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

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    Great photo series and thanks for sharing the history behind these cars ;)
    Congrats on the feature ;)
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  4. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

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    Nice set, I would love to visit this museum one day.
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  5. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
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  6. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Great shots all!
    But, thanks a lot... they cost me $500! The final push to go ahead and finally order an SELP18105G! ;) (More than I've ever spent on a lens yet... yes, I'm a cheap@$$)
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  7. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

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    Ford 999 racing car from 1902 (well, this one is an exact replica Ford made in 1966). One of the most famous American racing cars.

    24916230359_f7c89c2e3f_k. DSC05570-2-6 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    A pair of revolvers - I think Colt 1861 Navy percussion revolvers, but perhaps someone more knowledgeable will correct me. I couldn't find any info regarding their provenance. A cool set. It's interesting that they have both the regular round shot and what looks like Minie ball in that box, don't know if that's the way they were sold / kept, or just for display purpose. Nevermind, it's not hollow inside, so can't be Minie... still interesting.

    24653723914_0fe729b949_k. DSC05583-7 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr
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  8. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
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    Now I feel responsible... do realize that I process every shot ;)

    Seriously though, while this lens has some limitations, it's the best all round zoom we have imho... 16-70 could be it had it not been so much more expensive.
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  9. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    No worries. I had already decided a couple months ago that the 18-105G was probably the best choice for my purposes as an all-in-one travel lens (your work and that of others here helped in that, especially some of the Disney World stuff). We're hoping to make it down to Florida (or somewhere similarly not-cold) soon and so I figured now was as good a time as any. Should arrive tomorrow via Amazon Prime one-day delivery. Ah, modern times.

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  10. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
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    Well, I need to wrap this series up.. just the last two photos of interesting cars.

    1959 Wolksvagen Westfalia camper. Who says they didn't know how to vacation in style ? And look at that gorgeous design !

    25297529776_f6317e2e6c_k. DSC05560-2-1 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr

    And finally, this car - the first fully workable, mass produced, and (relatively) widely leased modern electric car made by a major company in modern times. The EV1 by GM. The car well ahead of the times... unfortunately when it was introduced in 1996, the price of gas barely hovered above $1 per gallon and would not cross even $2 for the next 9 years, and the SUV craze just started to go in full swing, nobody wanted an overpriced small car with many limitations tied to the bleeding edge technology - there's no way they could make any profit on it. They were leasing them at a huge loss and ended up scraping all of the leased cars, creating a huge controversy and a couple of conspiracy theories.

    For all of it's unquestionable importance and much drama surrounding it, this car is not much to look at - it was clearly designed by Saturn.

    25323764735_fb6ad53866_k. DSC05563-3 by BugsDaddy, on Flickr
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  11. Noor

    Noor TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 25, 2016
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    I love the rendition of this lens ! , I am using it on APS-C and look forward to upgrading to FF in the near future !