Tank Museum 2014

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Wikimedia UK has been given 12 weekday tickets by the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset. The Tank Museum welcomes our photographers, and allows tripods, provided there aren't too many and it isn't a busy day.

This page is to organise how we use those tickets to improve Wikipedia articles and Wikimedia commons coverage of tanks.

To apply for a ticket yourself just email GLAMatWikimedia.org.uk with your snail mail address.

Requested photographs

Anyone is welcome to make suggestions of articles at the Tank Museum that we could use better photographs of. Please check first that it exists at the tank museum and that we don't already have the photograph you want in one of the subcategories of The Tank Museum


Target Wikipedia article that would benefit Comments Will be photographed by (sign with ~~~) Image we currently have
Malkara w:Malkara missile Four photos uploaded Rodw (talk) 16:27, 15 October 2014 (BST)
Malkara.jpg
Morris-Martel w:Morris-Martel This tank in currently being maintained and isn't on display (07 July 2014) Mightyhansa (talk) 22:59, 7 July 2014 (BST)
Still in the Vehicle Conservation Centre (see talk).Rodw (talk) 16:27, 15 October 2014 (BST)
none
Tiger 131 w:Tiger 131 There's not a shortage of pictures of 131, see Category:Panzerkampfwagen VI in the Bovington Tank Museum. Possibly other exhibits should have a priority none
Rotatrailer w:Rotatrailer Mightyhansa (talk) 22:59, 7 July 2014 (BST) none
Sherman Crab w:Sherman Crab Seven photos uploaded Rodw (talk) 17:32, 15 October 2014 (BST) none
FV4211 w:FV4211 Staff at the museum did not recognise this as a model number. They suggested this might be an Aluminium Chieftan, but I don't want to upload anything under this number until we are sure we are talking about the same exhibit.Rodw (talk) 17:57, 15 October 2014 (BST) It is the Aluminium Chieftan.Geni (talk) 08:00, 19 October 2014 (BST) none
Mark IX w:Mark IX tank Mightyhansa (talk) 22:59, 7 July 2014 (BST)
British Mark IX Armoured Personnel Carrier.jpg
Tetrarch w:Tetrarch not easy to get a good pic of since it appears to be surrounded by stuff Mightyhansa (talk) 22:59, 7 July 2014 (BST)
Vickers 6-Ton w:Vickers 6-Ton Staff at the museum did not recognise this as a model name.Rodw (talk) 17:57, 15 October 2014 (BST) they would call it File:Vickers Armstrongs Mark E Type B.Geni (talk) 08:00, 19 October 2014 (BST)
Excelsior tank w:Excelsior tank Still in the Vehicle Conservation Centre (see talk).Rodw (talk) 17:32, 15 October 2014 (BST)
Valentine Archer w:Valentine Archer Photo uploaded Mightyhansa (talk) 22:59, 7 July 2014 (BST)
Rodw (talk) 17:57, 15 October 2014 (BST)
T14 Heavy Tank w:T14 Heavy Tank Still in the Vehicle Conservation Centre (see talk).Rodw (talk) 17:32, 15 October 2014 (BST)
Canal Defence Light w:Canal Defence Light Four photos added Mightyhansa (talk) 22:59, 7 July 2014 (BST)
Rodw (talk) 17:57, 15 October 2014 (BST)
Canal Defence Light


Improvable with a tripod
  • Little Willie-Probably not. Now surrounded by a case that gets in the way
  • Mark II female
  • TOGII-Kinda tucked into a courner
Improvable through other methods
  • Light tank Mk IIA -Might be better with a slightly greater depth of field
  • Tortoise heavy assault tank-Some clever HDR or off camera flash use is needed to deal with the rather messy lighting
  • Black Prince-slightly wider field of view (the area behind the tank is much brighter than the tank itself which may complicate things).
  • Valiant tank- needs a wider field of view. Area around tank is also pretty dark.
  • Vickers A1E1 Independent-Some clever HDR or off camera flash use is needed to deal with the rather messy lighting-Hard to get a clear view due to displays in the way.
  • FV4401 Contentious-Needs a wider field of view although
  • Covenanter tank-Photo could be taken at a better angle. Some clever HDR or off camera flash use is needed to deal with the rather messy lighting
  • FV 4005-Photo could be taken at a better angle in better weather
  • Mark VIII- pic needed that shows the whole tank
  • Rolls-Royce Armoured Car-Possible some HDR work. The thing has gloss paint that complicates things.
  • Peerless Armoured Car- Looks like it could use some serious fill flash.

Conqueror tank- slightly wider field of view. Lighting is going to be a pain since there appears to be a window behind it so the thing is strongly backlit. You would almost want a large ring flash (something like the AlienBees ABR800). Tricky-Might be worth trying to visit on an overcast day for that one.

  • Fiat M13/40- slightly wider crop

Photographers

Each ticket is for one visit only and is to be used on a weekday other than "special event days" between now and 28th Feb 2015. The museum is at less busy and therefore has better conditions for photography on Mondays to Fridays during school term time.

Tickets can be requested by emailing GLAMatWikimedia.org.uk with your snail mail address

Participating photographers need to agree to post photographs on Wikimedia Commons, in the category Wikimedia UK at The Tank Museum 2014 and an appropriate subcategory of The Tank Museum